Amongst all the worries that ran through my head when we decided to add a 2nd child to the family, the one that really kept me up at night was probably the issue of sleep! As parents, we all know how sacred sleep is, and how hard it can be to come by, especially those grueling first four months. I thought I’d never get to nap again, and I worried how I was going to sleep train with a toddler in the next room over. I thought for sure that my oldest would wake up at every peep, and that I’d be dealing with multiple middle-of-the-night wake ups from not one, but two children. Luckily, none of my fears came to fruition.
Once we brought Baby Jaren home, we had him sleep in our room for the first few weeks. We alternated between letting him sleep in the rock ‘n play and the arms reach co-sleeper. This worked out fine for us except for the fact that watching Mr. Heels snore peacefully away while I nursed for every night feeding made me want to kick him (not literally, but you know what I mean right?). Sure, he helped with middle of the night diaper changes and swaddles, but he had this magical ability to just knock right out again while I was left for another hour on my own nursing the babe. By the 4 week mark, I was ready to transition the baby into his own room. I thought we would all be more sane this way. I’d rather trek down the hall to nurse the baby than torture myself by watching my sweetly sleeping husband every night. Plus, I thought we’d all sleep better without the little baby sounds waking us up at every turn.