The time: Anywhere between 2 and 4AM
The Scene: I blearily hear a small voice on the monitor. ”Mama…Mama…Mama…Mama…Ma-Ma.”
I stumble out of bed, throw on some pants and make my way over to LG’s room. She sits up, and looks at me, with her arms outstretched: “Utee.” I pick her up, and we sit in the chair under a blanket for about ten minutes, while her body twitches and she falls back to sleep. I put her bak in her crib, and she stirs a bit. I say goodnight and she rolls back over and goes to sleep.
Because I’m not a good sleeper, I’m used to waking up at some point during the night for whatever reason. Going to the bathroom, anxiety attacks, hearing a child wail or call me. So it’s not really much of a big deal for me to get up and rock LG for five minutes or so. The Mini was worse in that he would want to be rocked until he was out cold, and should he wake up, at least half of the time, we’d have to start over.
Overall, my kids are pretty good sleepers. So when I get “the look” from people when I tell them I still cuddle my kids in the middle of the night (not so much the Mini, because he mostly doesn’t wake up unless there’s something wrong, but I would rock him at night just like I do for her now), I feel somehow as if this is wrong.
But truthfully, there’s no right or wrong. I know this. This is what works for us. I’m not in the cry it out camp. They go back to bed with ease, so I see no problem with the snuggle time. Especially since that time is over in the blink of an eye.
But I’m curious. What type of sleep method parent are you?