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I Shall Say Good Night Till It Be Morrow

“Good night! Good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow.” ~Romeo & Juliet / Shakespeare

He slept through the night! You’d think I’d be rejoicing…Isn’t that what all new moms pray for when baby is 3, 4, 5 weeks old? I found myself awakened at 4 am by the silence. Shouldn’t he be crying, gurgling, fussing in his sleep for me, his mama? The hollow whirring of the humidifier was no comfort. I felt his chest. Yep – still breathing. I knew I should’ve never put him to bed last night – I should’ve just held him and held him and held him, and as in Romeo & Juliet, said good night until the morning with him in my arms. I wondered if maybe I should’ve become a co-sleeping mom after all!

No night feeding left me wide awake with no handsome little boy for company, no sleep-limp body to cuddle, no drowsy smile to make me feel warm and fuzzy. I felt like I’d been stood up on a date! This was the first time Baby and I had gone straight from “good night” to “good morning” without a mid-night rendezvous for a feeding.

Awake and feeling a bit helpless, I prowled the Internet, jumped a mile when the morning paper hit the front door, then put myself back to bed…where I lay until 6 am, I heard a small cry. I used to wait and see if maybe he would settle or needed his pacifier put back in. Not today! I jumped out of bed – hello, my little one, are you hungry!? I was never so happy to scoop that little swaddled baby into my arms and trot off to the nursery to, well, nurse (that IS what you do in a nursery, right?).

The pale pre-dawn light filtering through the shades gave his creamy smooth cheeks a pearlized glow, and I sat, stroking the silkiness of his skin and the soft fuzz of his little egg-head. So THIS is what the breast-feeding books are always talking about. I finally get it.

aarontori

Wednesday 5th of January 2011

We have been cosleeping for the last 3 1/2 months, but now that DD has outgrown her bassinet we decided to do the crib. In her room because in order to move it into our room, we'd have to disassemble it. We have had two successful nights so far and I haven't been able to go to sleep until very late because I was missing her/trying to enjoy some alone time. I will say that I have gotten some good sleep though. Yesterday I had her napping on my chest which I hadn't done in a while because I missed her. She's growing up SO fast.

aarontori

Wednesday 5th of January 2011

We have been cosleeping for the last 3 1/2 months, but now that DD has outgrown her bassinet we decided to do the crib. In her room because in order to move it into our room, we'd have to disassemble it. We have had two successful nights so far and I haven't been able to go to sleep until very late because I was missing her/trying to enjoy some alone time. I will say that I have gotten some good sleep though. Yesterday I had her napping on my chest which I hadn't done in a while because I missed her. She's growing up SO fast.

Stephanie

Thursday 24th of June 2010

What a BEAUTIFUL story! I'm the same way. I am so restless when my girls sleep all night long without waking. I almost want to to go sneak into bed next to them...and every once in awhile...I do. ;)[email protected]

Stephanie

Thursday 24th of June 2010

What a BEAUTIFUL story! I'm the same way. I am so restless when my girls sleep all night long without waking. I almost want to to go sneak into bed next to them...and every once in awhile...I do. ;)[email protected]

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