Sleeping Beauty..

Bear @ 5days old

Bear at 5 days old.

Don’t let the title of this ‘ordinary moment’ kid you: For sleep itself is a commodity we severely lack in this household. My darling little boy is the epitome of the phrase ‘Sleep is for the weak!’ As a baby, whilst all the other mamas around me could go about having a social chit-chat as their cherubs took a nap in their buggy, bear would have none of this. He’s always been ridiculously inquisitive, never wanting to miss a beat. Poking his little head up here & there, when you’d least expect it: earning the nickname ‘meerkat’.

During his first two weeks in this world, he would only sleep on me, snuggled on my chest with his squishy cheek planted just so: & his ear listening to my heart beat.

The early days...

The early days…

baby, sleep, cool bananas, cool banana blogThe day that we discovered our Baby Bjorn carrier & ‘baby wearing’ was a liberating experience: I regained the use of my arms, whilst still providing the comfort he craved. There was a time when we were inseparable, & I cherished every second of this: I loved having a cheeky nap with bear & feeling completely guilt free about the dust gathering on the furniture & having the reason excuse for this inertia: ‘ If I put him down he’ll wake straight back up’.

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Snuggles aren’t just exclusively for Mummy y’know…

Night time sleeping has always been a battle: fraught with frequent waking’s, cuddles required or a drop of milk administered: but I think we may have turned the corner lately & we’ve achieved a number of complete nights’ with no disturbance. I’m relieved to an extent (& the bags under my eyes are thankful) but there’s also a feeling that I’m not ‘needed’ by him as much, that he’s becoming much more independent & self-sufficient.

So when it reaches ‘nap-time o’clock’ during the day & he so delicately asks me to sing ‘Twonkle, twonkle* mummyeee?’ (* twinkle twinkle to you & me) & to be rocked off in my embrace, my heart is flooded with the warmth of those memories from days gone by, & an element of sadness: how much longer will he ‘need’ these nap time cuddles from me? I’m not ready to give these up-I’m a long way off.

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The sleep positions he gets into!

We are lucky, given how much comfort & reassurance he needed as a dinky dot, that he’s a remarkably independent toddler, & a real social butterfly: he inspires me & I often think we can learn a lot from our children & how they engage around others: they interact with no prejudice & with an innocence that is beautiful.

I’m pleased we didn’t take any notice of those doo good-ers & their advice against baby wearing & co-sleeping, as it’d make him a clingy & frightful child. The proof is in the pudding as they say, & this little pud is a melting pot of gooey chocolate & ice cream that everyone wants a piece of.

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30 Comments

  1. MrsCoolBananas
    27/04/2014 / 1:40 PM

    Haha, sprawling out across the seats: somehow he makes this look comfy!

  2. MrsCoolBananas
    27/04/2014 / 1:39 PM

    I think i jinxed it: no sooner had the post gone live, he decided to have a couple of terrible nights sleep! Sod’s law right? I’m hoping it only gets better! xx

  3. MrsCoolBananas
    27/04/2014 / 1:29 PM

    But thats the best feeling though & lets face it, when she’s a teenager-she’ll hardly ask you to rock her off to sleep then! So i say lets make the most of it whilst it lasts 🙂 xx

  4. Mummy Bear
    26/04/2014 / 1:47 PM

    Love the pic of. Him on the aeroplane!

  5. 25/04/2014 / 9:16 AM

    How love is this post and how sweet are those early day photos! Pleased to hear Bear is sleeping through, thats the best feeling right? Waking up in the morning, looking at your partner {and he at you} both saying “Did you get up with him?…” “Errr no not me” haha. #Sharewithme

  6. 24/04/2014 / 9:28 PM

    Ah lovely! He is so cute. Baby is almost 13 months and apart from her car seat and pram she still only sleeps on me in the day! oops!

  7. MrsCoolBananas
    24/04/2014 / 7:39 AM

    Ah, snuggly sleep! That’s the best xx

  8. MrsCoolBananas
    24/04/2014 / 7:38 AM

    Thanks for the wonderful comment J! These pictures make me feel sleepy…if only he slept this peacefully throughout the night!! xx

  9. MrsCoolBananas
    24/04/2014 / 7:37 AM

    I’m sure we all do some of them! #SleepingLikeABaby x

  10. 23/04/2014 / 8:32 PM

    What a little sweetie, my boy was just the same. Loved sleepy cuddles. I’d lose hours snuggling on the couch while he dozed, the most precious days ever. Even now he loves snuggly sleeps, and so do I. Xx

  11. 23/04/2014 / 1:19 PM

    Ahhh fantastic post as always. I really enjoyed reading this one and seeing all the sleepy photos. I think you are so right at the end. I was one of those do gooers and now Buba is scared of everything even his own shadow and I wondered where I went wrong and how to fix it. I think it’s too late. He is clingy and 2 1/2 and I wish he was more sturdy with others. So glad you didn’t listen. I have learned my lesson with MM and she is amazing and independent now. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. loving reading your posts each week. #sharewithme

  12. 23/04/2014 / 1:07 PM

    babies are so damn cute when sleeping – I often wonder if I do the weird poses myself!

    popped over from #sharewithme would love if you came and said Hi! x carsonsmummy.blogspot.co.uk

  13. MrsCoolBananas
    23/04/2014 / 11:10 AM

    🙂 Nap time cuddles are so peaceful & relaxing: a great reward at the end of a hectic day with them. Thanks lovely xx

  14. MrsCoolBananas
    23/04/2014 / 11:09 AM

    Thanks lovely E! I can’t claim credit for the pictures: my talented friend Lyanne took them, i’m so pleased we have them to look back on. It’s only when i see him as a dot, i realise how big & grown up he is now. Xx

  15. MrsCoolBananas
    23/04/2014 / 11:07 AM

    Hehe, thanks he is rather squishy & cute there… he’s a monster now!Thanks chickadee xx

  16. MrsCoolBananas
    23/04/2014 / 11:06 AM

    I’d love it if when bear wakes up he’d, come into our bed for a cuddle & give us a little bit more of a snooze! No such luck, when he is up, he demands the entire household joins him! xx

  17. MrsCoolBananas
    23/04/2014 / 11:04 AM

    They’re the best kind of cuddles. Ever. xx

  18. MrsCoolBananas
    23/04/2014 / 10:30 AM

    Aww thanks, I can’t take any credit for photos: My brilliant photographer friend took them. Love baby wearing, really miss those days now x

  19. MrsCoolBananas
    23/04/2014 / 10:29 AM

    Hehe, broody! They have that effect on us, little bubbas! Our exhausting period seems to have no end, but i’ll enjoy it anyway-as like you said, time goes far too quickly. xx

  20. MrsCoolBananas
    23/04/2014 / 10:28 AM

    I wish i could get as comfy as he does in his ‘yoga’ sleeping positions’! xx #theordinarymoments

  21. 23/04/2014 / 9:55 AM

    What an absolute cutie! I used to always rock my son to sleep, he’s 3 and a half now and I really miss those nap time cuddles. Such a lovely post 🙂 #sharewithme

  22. 23/04/2014 / 7:52 AM

    Beautiful, beautiful pictures! What a total cutie – not a bit of wonder that you wanted to keep him close. The early days pass so fleetingly. Gorgeous post K! Xxx

  23. 23/04/2014 / 7:30 AM

    Oh my gosh I squealed at those 5 day old pics! So beautiful xxx

  24. 22/04/2014 / 7:04 AM

    My son was always such an independent sleeper and never slept in our bed, but I strongly believe that you have to give kids the comfort that they want WHEN they want it. Other wise what are mommies for. Just recently he started waking up at 5 am wanting to come in our bed after having bad dreams I LOVE IT!! I finally get to do the cuddling I never had a chance to do when he was little.

    And I couldn’t agree more with you, who knows how much longer they’ll need us ! We have to soak up every moment!

  25. 22/04/2014 / 1:10 AM

    Aww all your photos are adorable. Newborn babies are really a mystery unravelling to our eyes aint it? Mine onle sleeps on my top of either my tummy or chest too and he wont settle for anything less =P

    #OrdinaryMoments

  26. 20/04/2014 / 9:21 PM

    Oh my goodness, such cute photos. I love sleeping baby pics and have so many of my own! My littlest, Jasmin, is nearly nine months and also reckons sleep is for the weak. I don’t know what I’d do if I hadn’t discovered babywearing. Certainly keeps my hands free for my toddler and Jasmin loves nothing more than snuggling with mummy. X

  27. 20/04/2014 / 8:11 PM

    Ah what a lovely post and I got a little bit broody over the early pics- they grow so quickly from that stage don’t they? Sleep has always been ok in this house, my children are as lazy as I am, but I do actually kind of miss those sleepless nights of the newborn days, it’s such a wonderful but exhausting period. x

  28. 20/04/2014 / 6:35 PM

    aww lovely post and I totally relate to having a baby who won’t nap in his buggy! Thankfully he’s loved his bed since he was a dot though! Gorgeous pics of him sleeping, don’t you just love the positions they get into? So cute. Lovely post xx #theordinarymoments xx

  29. MrsCoolBananas
    20/04/2014 / 4:52 PM

    I totally Agree! Has A been a good sleeper? Love your blog too….just wish i could magic myself to your part of the world! 🙂 xx

  30. 20/04/2014 / 2:09 PM

    I think that “bad” sleepers early on make you appreciate it so much more when there sleep improves!!!
    Love reading your posts! X

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