Justin and I love Maisie cuddle time! As you may know, we have co-slept from day one with Maisie. There is a long story behind why, but I will give you the short version.
I first totally thought co-sleeping was super hippie and I would never do it. Until the first night Maisie was born and the only time she would sleep was when she was lying right next to me or nursing or both. I also had an epidural headache and it as super difficult to keep lifting her into my bed from the little plastic bed she was sleeping in. It all started there.
It continued five days later when we were at home. I loved our cuddle times and was too scared to put her in her crib for fear that she may stop breathing. When I did put her in bed, I was up every 1/2 hour to make sure she was alive. I needed to hear/feel her breath in order to get sleep myself. Plus I read that mom’s breathing stimulates baby breathing. I did read it! But maybe I just use that as an excuse to continue co-sleeping.
I am lazy and hate getting up and down out of bed to feed her. This is a bonus for breastfeeding and co-sleeping!
When we travel, a lot of times Maisie will sleep with us. Less hassle
with bringing along a pack n’ play for her to sleep in and it is also a
bit more security for her while we are somewhere unfamiliar.
Basically, I am lazy. Plus, I think Maisie really likes to sleep with us. We have had to work out a few kinks, but I feel really great about where we are at right now. Actually, I always have felt good where we are at with co-sleeping. It just continues to change to where we are at in life and we have had to be ok with change and talk about it along the way. For instance, Justin was recently a bit annoyed with how much she was sleeping with us (because she likes to stick her feet on his face and slap us as she is falling asleep). So it was time to make a change. She obviously needed more room to sprawl out, and Justin obviously didn’t want feet in his face.
So right now we are co-sleeping WAY less. We put Maisie down in her own bed and then she wakes up around 5 or 6 or 7am. That is when we get our Maisie cuddle on! And she stays in bed with us for a few hours in the morning. It is the best of both worlds.
This morning Justin stole Maisie cuddles while I showered and got ready. I took a few pictures, but this one was my favorite. They are so cute!