Cyrus likes sleeping in my armpit, usually on his back, and sometimes on his side. We always seem to wind up in that position, even if we fall asleep nursing. I think it's, like, some universal, deep seated biological sleep position that mothers have used for eons to protect their baby. Anyone have a copy of "Beloved" by Toni Morrison lying around? In the very end, the first night after she has her baby, the main character has a scene where she falls asleep in bed with the baby and she's afraid she'll roll over on him, but her own mother tells her that babies need to sleep with their mamas. And she wakes up with him curled into the crook of her arm.
I read that way back before I knew about the politics of cosleeping, but it always struck me as a really beautiful passage.
Jen, journalist, policy wonk, and formerly a proud single mama to my sweet little man Cyrus, born at home Dec. 2007
. Now married to my Incredibly Nice Guy
and new mama to baby Arthur.