My son’s 18 months old. He’s just woken up. I wake up too. I don’t bother to check the time. I know it’s early. Not for him though. For B. it’s just the right time. Rarely does he sleep through the night. He sleeps tight for a few hours, then starts tossing and turning, next he cries a bit (or a lot), and sometimes he picks up his pacifier, puts it back in his mouth and goes back to sleep. This time M. does it instead. B. spits it out and sits right up waiting. He wants to be close to us so we let him finish sleeping in our bed since he can’t settle in his crib. We have been trying to break this co-sleeping habit but he keeps “raising objections” so it hasn’t been easy. Broken nights have been pretty exhausting for both but as long as he feels safe and protected, we’re ok with it.
Once he moves in with us, he’ll take possession of most of the bed (usurper: a person who takes a position of power or importance illegally or by force), squirming, in an attempt to get comfortable, until it’s time for him to get up. During these few hours he spends with us, he’ll demonstrate zero tolerance to his dog-tired parents, and consequently we’ll hardly sleep a wink. To date I’ve read dozens of articles and forums with tips on baby sleep only to discover we haven’t been doing anything wrong, really. In a nutshell, B. is a lousy sleeper and there’s nothing we can do about it. Be that as it may, we tend not to worry. As tiring as it is, we know it’ll pass. Besides, we’re not the only ones in the boat.
It’s past 7AM and B. is almost ready to get up. His leg is on my head while he’s pulling M’s hair and playing with his ears, which is his usual ritual signaling it is either bedtime or that he’s awake but not ready to open his eyes yet. Now he’s really up and about. He’s crawling, kicking, punching, slapping, pushing, pinching, scratching, and biting. He stands up. He sits down. He’s running on the bed. We run after him. He’s jumping up and down. We jump out of bed. Wake up folks. We’re gonna hop. Let’s twirl. Let’s hop and twirl. We fall down. One man is still standing. We’re wide awake thanks to the loudest alarm clock in the world. Shock and awe.