Ever since I gave birth to Michelle, she has always slept in between me and my husband. I breastfed her purely and directly for an entire year so I’ve gotten used to sleeping with her by our side. She is now three and this routine has carried on. Except now, she sleeps on her own bed beside our bed (Patrick’s side) BUT still moves in between us in the middle of the night. Patrice, on the other hand, sleeps in a playpen on my side of the bed…until recently, when she started waking up in the middle of the night insisting to sleep in between me and Pat also…
(Photo above is the IDEAL… usually how it starts but definitely CHANGES throughout the night.)
#TheStruggleIsReal… My husband and I have found ourselves moving these two back and forth from our beds to theirs. Sometimes we barely sleep because of this crazy routine. It starts like this – Patrice sleeps beside me and when she is in a deep sleep, I move her to her playpen. Michelle waits for Patrice to be moved then goes between us to sleep. When Patrice wakes up, I wake up Pat to move Michelle so that I can again put Patrice to sleep and the pattern continues through the night.
You might wonder, why cant we all just sleep on our bed? WELL…. It’s not that simple. Patrice and Michelle are so malikot!!! I mean, Michelle has a habit of playing with my hair to fall asleep and as she does this, she makes “SIKSIK” her feet or her hands wherever she can! Under our tummies, armpits, in between legs! Hay nako talaga! Is this normal? Patrice, on the other hand, is just waaaay more malikot than Michelle ever was at this age. I mean this girl rolls, jerks, crawls, twirls, head-butts, hits and bumps anything in her way. And it hurts ha! She’s one strong girl! It’s almost impossible to sleep soundly with her on the bed because the possibility of her falling is HUGE! I’ve tried to wrap a blanket around her with pillows surrounding her but NOPE! She can roll over them all and find her way out. One time Pat and I watched how she does it and I’ve gotta say…. TALENT! Career! Hahaha!
We have experienced having both of them on the bed with us but I woke up with bruises and I think Pat woke up to check if his nose was still in tact. No joke!
In spite of all the complaining and groaning tho, at the end of the day, WE SERIOUSLY WOULDN’T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY. Hehehe! We have talked about it many times and every time our only solution is… to have a bigger mattress but this time on the floor. We love to sleep with the girls. And we will sleep with them until the time they themselves want to sleep in their own rooms! Til then, I will stick to the saying – SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK! Soldier on….zzzzzz…. Hahaha!
(The photo above is the REALITY… HAHA! :p )