Thursday, March 25, 2010

Yes we do so what's it to ya?!

That's a bad habit to break ya' know?!  Oh how many times have I heard THAT one in regards to our decision to cosleep with our children. The answer is YES! Of course we know what a bad habit it is to break! *lol* Just check out this scene from our bed last night!  That's Joshy (4), Drew (8), and Emma (6) all piled up in our bed.........the same place they have been since the day they were born. Why do we do it? Because it has worked for us for the past 8 years and we don't mind it!

It didn't start out this way. When Drew was born, I was just exhausted. I was nursing and my husband worked 3rd shift, my family all lived 3 hours away so I  had little help. Keeping Drew in my bed made him sleep for a couple extra hours so it was worth it to me! Then, when Drew was 3 months old, I found out I was pregnant with Emma. Ahhhhhhhhhh. So talk about exhausting!!  When she was born, Drew was only 13 months old so then I was chasing an active baby around during the day and up caring for a newborn all night so thus started the cycle again! lol When Josh was born 2 years after Emma, it just made no sense to put him in the crib after all, co-sleeping made my life so much easier so the Lewis bed started to get a little crowded.

I'm not going to lie. A lot of nights Daddy got kicked out to the couch. *lol*  but our kids feel safe and secure sleeping together so who am I to change that?! I know it doesn't work for some people. But it works for us. My kids go to bed much easier being together.  I don't judge parents for the decisions they make for their family because, well, most parents do what works best for them and I respect that. What works for us might not work for you and that's ok. But don't judge people because they do something differently than you. We all do what we feel is best for us and isn't that good enough?! 

I love having a new baby. Snuggling with Aiden is such a great feeling. I love napping with him and holding him while he sleeps. He makes the cutest little sounds and faces. He gurgles and coos. He smiles and I wonder what on Earth he is dreaming about. Then I smile knowing he feels safe and protected in my arms and he knows how much we all love him.  

We truly do have a CRAZY house!  Our boys regularly turn our living room into a wrestling ring and I cringe every time I see Emma doing cartwheels through the entire house. But I wouldn't have it any other way because it's our crazy house and we like it this way :-)


  1. Sounds like a very happy house!

    I LOVE CO-SLEEPING! My children will not sleep anywhere other than with me.. or at least when they are babies. Hunter does sleep in his own bed, but he was in mine for over 2 years.

    I love my little Landon in bed with me and snuggling away hehe. He is worse than his brother though. At the hospital he would not sleep anywhere but with me, I knew I should have went home early to sleep in my own bed. 3 nights with only like... 3 hours sleep broken up in like 10 min intervals. Didn't want to get yelled at by a nurse for letting him sleep with me in the bed lol. And now he just loves being near me and sleeping. LOVE IT! And I love you for co-sleeping. :)

  2. I LOVE the Family bed...and got alot of negitive feedback from others...even my doctor..But then I read Dr. Sears book I can't remember the title but they are a family of peditrications that believe in the family bed and they tell why and the positives outcomes from was so great to read the positive side of it...It's unheard of in other cultures for mothers to put their children in another room to sleep!! I LOVE sleeping with my baby....this doesn't last long and I'm gonna cherish it!!

  3. We shared our bed with our 2 sons for 8 years. They have finally "graduated" and left our bed, but they (and I) miss our sleep together.

    So I do sleep in their room and everyone's happy.


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