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Co-Sleeping | The End

We went to Coen's 12 month well visit on Monday.  In that time, we talked to the doctor about a lot of things.  Food, sleeping, bottles, cows milk, lovies in bed with him, car seats, adult/table food, juice, water, walking, motor skills, words, recognition of words, etc... We covered a lot!

The one item that I've been trying to really kick lately is the co-sleeping thing.  For months, I've used the "it's just easier to have him sleep with me than put up this huge fight at night, so we both get sleep" fight and it has worked for a while.  I've realized recently where he really doesn't sleep against me anymore and he'll sleep away from me for the majority of the time.  I tried not to take this personally and just figure that he really does like sleeping and sleeping alone and that I shouldn't just do it cause it works, I should try to adjust him back to his crib or keep him in his crib while he struggles to find his comfort again, when he wakes up.  Over the last week, we have only co-slept together 2 times.  The other times I would rock him and place him back into bed or I would give him a bottle in bed and just have him find sleep on his own, once I removed the bottle.  So far, it's working.

Believe me. I don't want to be 8 or 9 months pregnant and co-sleeping with my "baby"... only to turn around and have another baby to care for in the middle the night or even co-sleep with, as well.  So it's a transition that I'm going to have make real for the both of us, really quickly.

I have no fear that it will end soon, but it does make me a little sad.  I'm hopeful that if we stop it in the early morning that he might still show interest at nap time, to nap with me on the weekends.  We'll see and I'll remain hopeful.

Either way, it's been one of the sweetest things that we have done together, aside from nursing for 11.5 months and I'm sad to see it end.

There are lots of perks to this coming to a halt (even though I'm still sad)... The doctor will be proud, he will get more sleep, I will get more sleep and my husband will get more sleep.  It's a win win win!


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