Jack slept for the first time last night in his crib. I plopped him down at 9:30pm in order to deal with his brothers and when I went back in he was asleep, so I left him. Then I waited. I assumed he would start crying by 11pm so I could grab him and bring him to bed with me. He didn’t. He kept on rocking on, fast asleep in the crib.
Having my side of the bed back for the first time in moe than three months, you’d think I’d take advantage right? No. I sat up waiting for him to cry so I could go get him because I was afraid if I fell asleep I wouldn’t hear him. Yup that’s the life of a mom. He finally did wake up at 4 am!!! I did hear him and went to get him. Nursed him back to sleep in my bed where he was still dreaming at 9:30am.
He must have sensed I sat down to type this because midway through he woke and started fussing. Baby radar, on point. Alarms going off anytime mom sits down to do anything for herself; sleep, eat, poop.
We have co-slept with all of our boys. Charlie had a rough time with sleep which I blame on his allergies and cranio. Van was much better and by the time we had Maddox I was very strict about getting him on a schedule and sleeping in the crib by six weeks.
This time is different. I don’t know how I will ultimately get Jack in his crib for the long term. He’s so attached to me and I to him. Probably because with him he’s the last one and will get all of the benefits of being the baby of the family. I love having him snuggled up against me which will most likely make him the one who wants his independence as soon as possible.
Only time will tell but I really hope he doesn’t mind me tagging along to college so I can continue sleeping next to him. Now that he’s awake though, it’s our hour to hold hands and smile at each other.