CO-SLEEPING WITH A FIVE YEAR OLD
Mum and parenting blogger tells her tale of her new recent visitor to her bed!
It’s been an emotional week, the four-year-old turned into a five-year-old in what seems like the blink of an eye. Her hair is getting longer, her attitude is getting bigger, even her personality but she’s not growing. She’s as petite as ever, she’s my little sugar plum fairy.
I’m pretty strict when it comes to bedtime, after a story, bedtime is bedtime. I kiss goodnight, and leave the door ajar and hop, skip and jump down the stairs to freedom. Then one night for some insane reason I said ‘night night, sleep tight; don’t let the bed bugs bite’ as I walked out of the room.
What the hell was I thinking! I spent the next two-hours, cradling, cuddling and telling magical stories to comfort my then four-year-old. She was having none of it. She ended up in my bed, where of course there were no bed-bugs.
That night I climbed in beside her, wrapped my arms around her and she cuddled into me and says ‘I love you maaammy’. After the long night trying to reassure her and comfort her from my wrong choice of words I gripped her so tight and never wanted to let her go. It was a beautiful moment. One I never will never forget.
As the nights went on, I would find her in my bed almost every evening along with teddy and bubbles the blanket. My mam would tell me I was crazy, to cop on and just put her back in her own bed, be persistent. But you know what, I love coming up those stairs at bedtime and finding her there all cosy, waiting for me, waiting for those cuddles.
She’s my little girl and she won’t be so little for much longer. She’ll be asking for sleepovers, for me to close her bedroom door and to turn off the nightlights soon.
She can stay where she is for now, if it makes her feel safe and secure, cuddled up like a teddy bear next to me until she’s ready to make the transition back into her own bed.
Thanks to Kellie Kearney from My Little Babog for writing this.
Kellie is a stay at home Dublin mammy who likes to read, craft and loves to shop. She set up her blog in May 2014 during her maternity leave with her little man Frankie. Read more great blogs fromMy Little Babog here