I’m finally getting around to sleep training Gus.
“Oh, but wait. Isn’t Gus almost two?” you might ask.
Yes. Yes he is.
Should I have done this a long time ago? Probably.
Did I want or need to? Not at all. So obviously, I didn’t.
I know bed-sharing isn’t for everyone. I certainly never planned on doing it, but desperate, exhausting times call for snugly measures. I’ll save you from a bunch of hippie-nonsense, and just say that having him nearby at night felt very natural to me.
Up until recently, we didn’t have any major issues with Gus sleeping in our room. We still don’t, really, but in a few weeks I’m leaving town for a few days for a friend’s wedding, and I always planned on moving Gus to his own room before baby #2 was a possibility – so we figured might as well do it already.
After a week at the beach, we came home and immediately transitioned all our bedtime stuff to his room, and I’ve spent the last two nights sleeping with him on mattress on his floor.
The mattress is a billion years old, and it’s on the floor, and I’m not getting any younger and OMG I miss my sweet, sweet fancy mattress that’s right down the hall.
BUT! I think it’s going well. In fact, the last two days, he’s napped ON HIS OWN. This hasn’t happened since he was a newborn. With the exception of him napping in the car, every nap he’s EVER taken has been in my arms.
Thankfully during our week at the beach, Gus decided he didn’t want to sleep without his stuffed duck and Curious George. So they’re along for the ride and have made the switch easier for him, I think.
So, my plan (and God love you if you’re still reading – listening to other people talking about their kids sleeping habits is the worst, I know) is to move him to his crib starting tomorrow.
Keep your fingers crossed. As nice and natural co-sleeping has been for us, it would be even nicer to be able to stay out after bedtime every so often, or actually get something accomplished during naptime (not that I don’t love some quality Netflix time). And have I mentioned how much I miss. my. bed.