Monday, July 03, 2006

The Joys of Co-Sleeping

"This generation of mothers labors under [the] dubious pronouncement that babies sleep best in isolation. Every infant knows better. His protest at nocturnal solitude contains the wisdom of millennia."- Thomas Lewis, M.D., (A General Theory of Love)

What I love about co-sleeping is that Satch goes to bed without protest and that he does not wake up crying, but what I love most about sleeping with my baby are the things I wouldn't have experienced otherwise:

  • he laughs in his sleep
  • the way his eyelids get heavy before he dozes
  • the way he tucks his hand under my chin while nursing
  • the way he rolls over when he's finished nursing, satisfied and sleepy
  • the way he uses my thigh as a footrest
  • the breathy sounds of his waking
  • the way he stretches before sitting up
  • the smell of his hair
  • the way he points to the clock, the light, the belly cast, the fan, his toy dog and bunny as if doing inventory
  • the way he sinks his hands into my hair and scratches my head
  • the silliness
  • the giggles
  • the cuddles

My bloody, bruised, swollen lip from Satchel's hard noggin notwithstanding....


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posted by Wendy at 6:00 AM


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