Sleep. You never know how awesome it is until you become a parent, specifically a mother. I don’t know about you but Motherhood broke that part of my brain that thinks sleep is necessary. Instead here I am at quarter to midnight, thinking about how we only have 2 more weeks to pack for the beach and what the kids are going to wear for Halloween. You know, pressing, imminent matters. And, when I do sleep, finally, after hours of such thoughts swirling around in my head, it seems like meer minutes until a little blonde head peeks around the door and announces “my diaper fell off mommy” (why he’s not potty trained yet I don’t know- I’d be happy to send him to you).
Yes, sleep is a very valuable thing. You know what else is valuable? Safety. When I had kids, I never imagined cosleeping. Nope, didn’t even cross my mind. Where does baby sleep? In the crib of course. No question. That’s just what babies do. Well, babies who sleep that is. Not babies who think 1 am is prime jump on mommy’s head time. I have four of those now. They’ve all decided mommy and daddy’s bed is the best place to be and who am I to disagree (oh yeah I’m their parent- ah well you win some, you lose some)? So, here we are, four kids deep and we have tried the co-sleepers and the by the bed bassinets. Heck, we even tried one of those baby positioners before we found out they’re basically little death traps. Luckily, my kid didn’t get stuck or anything, because, you know, she also didn’t sleep in it.
Soon after I had my fourth, my husband came to me and said, “we need a DockATot.” And, I said, gosh those look cool, excuse me while I try to retain some semblance of functioning life (I failed at that for a while but if you check out my series “We are Motherhood” you’ll see that I finally conquered- sort of- the beast that is Postpartum Anxiety). Finally, months later, out of the fog I came and onto our front stoop came the big beautiful black box of heaven. And, in it came the gift of sleep. Worry free sleep. Sleep without nightmares of babies rolling off the bed. Oh how I wish I’d found this sooner. Better late than never.
Maybe, now, with the plush (but firm- remember safety first;) bumper to keep the little devil- er- angel contained and without his foot in my face, we’ll all get some sleep. If not, baby Hey J has decided that it’s quite a cozy place to play with his toys. Excuse me, I think the kids are snoozing and I’m going to just imagine the beach trip will take care of itself. Because, thanks to DockATot I’m going to catch up on nine years of sleep.
Co-sleeper: c/o DockATot
Co-sleeper Cover: c/o DockATot
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