I’m not really a cuddly sleeper. I relish the time I get to sleep ALONE in my bed, sprawled out to the four corners of the plushy feather bed. That’s why I am so amazed when I read something like this from People Magazine:
“We’re not done,” Pitt, 43, quipped, acknowledging public interest in the family’s growth. “They say, ‘Any plans for a fifth?’ And I say, ‘And a sixth, and a seventh, and an eighth, and a ninth.’ That’s my answer.”
“We also made a 9-foot-wide bed” that fits him, Jolie, 32, and all four children, Pitt who is starring in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, told the Associated Press. “Just big enough. One more and we’ll have to go to 11 feet.”
Huh? How on earth can you get any sleep like that? We were thrown into co-sleeping when Sacha was born, even though we had never planned on doing it. His cradle was right next to our bed, but he would not sleep in it, and he spent the whole night grunting and spitting up all over himself. So Tony and I started taking turns propping ourselves on the couch and having Sacha sleep chest-to-chest, which seemed to be the only way he would do it. After 2 and half months, we were both tired and had massive neck and back aches. Massage therapy was a must. We transitioned him to the crib for night time and he still napped with me until he hit the 5 month mark, then it was all crib.
I have nothing against co-sleeping, but I just cannot get past the logistics of doing it long term. Every now and then, I get a little teary over the thought of Sacha growing up and I bring him into bed with me in the wee hours of the morning, but I always regret it. He kicks, squirms, slaps, talks and laughs in his sleep. Not so much with the sleepytime cuddling. This, added to the fact that I am a light sleeper who wants the whole bed to myself, makes for not so pleasant dreams and grumpy mornings.
In a way, I envy people that are comfortable enough to co-sleep indefinitely. Then again, I will put it out there that I get a wee bit of the creepers when I read about teenagers crawling into bed with their parents.
Whatever cranks your wank, I guess.
How do you weigh in on the sleeping issue?