I swing between being really nervous about having 2 to just figuring I'll figure it out when we get there. DD will turn 4 in March so she'll be nearly 4.5 when this baby is born.
I do find myself randomly realizing that my "alone time" with DD is coming to an end. Like she'll be on my lap cuddling with me and I'll realize that soon I won't have much lap left and then she'll be sharing my lap with the baby. I'm trying to treasure this time with her and really remind her how special and loved she is. Hopefully that might ward off some sibling rivalry issues. Right now she's super excited and telling everyone, from the checker at the grocery store to random people she sees in public, that she's going to have a baby brother (she's determined it's a boy).
Originally Posted by my mountain
I just don't get it. Do your babies not cry when they're hungry at night, don't you think this will wake your other child? Seems like it becomes more for you than for them. I completely understand co-sleeping when they are small up to maybe 2 years but really when it is so built into their routine how could it change? You just need to make a new routine for them. There was a comment made about sleeping in a guest room to accomodate 2 kids...
Not really. Since we co-slept from the get go, she was usually latched on before crying happened. I've heard breastfeeding experts say that crying is the last hunger cue. Being so close and in tune with an infant allows the co-sleeping mama to pick up on early hunger cues (restlessness, rooting etc) and respond before the baby fully wakes and cries out. I was amazed at how in tune with each other DD and I were. Once I learned how to nurse lying down on my side I didn't truly even wake up when she nursed. I don't know when she started sleeping through the night because I didn't notice since I barely noticed when she woke to nurse.
I know co-sleeping doesn't work for everyone, but I truly don't mind sharing our bed with DD, neither does DH. That said, we are working on changing her routine and encouraging her to sleep in her big girl bed. There's just not room for 4 in our bed. I wish there was room in our room to add a toddler bed for her, but the floor space just doesn't exist.