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#1 of 5 Old 02-12-2003, 08:10 PM - Thread Starter
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My heart is so full today and I wanted to share with you all. I know so many of you feel the same way. I love our family bed! I love that every night, my whole little family is right there with me. It feels so safe and warm and comforting. I love that my little dd snuggles right up to me - tummy to tummy and rests her chubby little cheeck on my breast and throws her little arm around me. I love that I can hear her every breath (I *really* loved that in my SIDS paranoid early days!) I love waking up and seeing those big blue eyes looking at me. I even love it when she wakes up in the night and, with closed eyes, she roots around for my breast for a "midnight snack". I'm *so, so very glad* that I was stubborn enough to ignore everyone who told me not to bring her into my bed. They just don't know how wonderful it is.

Pardon the gushing. I just wanted to share!!!

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Gush away!!!!!

I too love our family bed. When the three of us are snuggling together I think nothing in life even comes close to this. I also love how DD rests her tiny hand on my breast, and the way she roots around for it in the middle of the night, too.

I don't begrudge anyone for using a crib, but I often think that they are really missing out sometimes!!

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That sounds like a wonderful sleeping arrangement. Unfortunately, co-sleeping was not peaceful for my family. (I posted my sleep story under another thread.) My dd did not nurse well in the laying position and it was difficult for us to sit up and get situated. I found myself taking her to our recliner to nurse and then going back to bed only for her to wake up when I tried to get us in a safe position. She also did not always ease into sleep after nursing and would need to be rocked. In addition, she aroused easily. We tried several arrangements and finally surrended to a crib. Now that I look back, I probably should have tried again once she became a better sleeper and when we were able to nurse lying down. However, we do have an arrangement where her night wakings are attended to and everyone gets enough sleep.

Although your co-sleeping experiences sound wonderful and are the ideal for AP. From my experience, I strongly believe that you can still AP when using a crib. Also, I did end up sleeping with her some when she needed to be held for various reasons (often in our recliner!). I hope to co-sleep with my next baby.

Thanks for sharing!

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I loved reading your story! Thanks for sharing! I know exactly how you feel. My youngest dd is 2.5 and I get a kick in the head every now and again, but I wouldn't change it for the world!
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my dd is 3 months and i work 4 days a week away from home. on those days, we hang out for about an hour in the morning and she goes to sleep about 2 hours after i get home. the only way i can bear it is by spending all night, every night, totally cuddled up with her. And dp is only an arm's reach away! and then there's the cats, too. so glad we're doing it this way.
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