It seems like there is controversy awaiting most decisions you make as a parent: breast vs. bottle, cloth vs. disposable, paci vs. thumb, co-sleeping vs. crib. etc. etc. There is potential to be a jerk at every stage. I've been watching my friends with their kids and reading books and web sites and oddly enough, Liam and Bill make a lot of the decisions.
Bill will not allow Liam to co-sleep with us in our bed. I agree with him, I think baby needs to sleep in his room and mommy and daddy need to sleep in their room. Only mommy is sleeping in baby's room right now and daddy is sleeping in a king size bed by himself. Hmmm. How did that happen exactly?
Liam typically wakes up around 6 am and wants to stay up so I bring him in bed with me and let him nurse while I lay on my side and try to get more sleep. This is the only co-sleeping we do, unless you count napping on the couch, and I enjoy it but... I don't get a whole lot of sleep. The baby grunts and moans and sticks his fist up in the air sometimes hitting himself in the head and then starts kicking his legs.
When he gets going like this I sing to him:
We're not going to take it!
No! We ain't gonna take it!
We're not gonna take it anymore!
This is why we don't co-sleep and why swaddling the baby as tightly as possible works for us. You wouldn't sleep if you hit yourself in the head now would you? I want to swaddle Bill sometimes but he's pretty strong so I would have to knock him out with a big meal first and burp him like we do with Liam. That would be so awesome, my husband is a total squirmer in bed. Wait a minute! Yep, that's why Liam is William Jr.
Baby is sleeping more now, up to 5 hours for his first session, then 3-4 then 2 and then 1 or less and that's when he gets in bed with mommy. I am becoming more functional (ha ha!) and starting to think about returning to work part time. Work... hmmm. I can see why women don't go back after they have a baby but I'm going to give it a try and see what happens. It might take a paycheck or two to convince me it's worth it.