We’ve added a new little one to our my co-sleeping adventure. He’s furry and has to go OUTSIDE to pee and poop NUMEROUS times in the middle of the night. (thank GOD we live in a warm climate location….getting a puppy in the winter for Christmas is CRAZY…but Thank GOD we live in Hawaii, although to my now Hawaiian sun kissed skin it is chilly to me at 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. and 5 a.m….)
So my husband and I have been switching off puppy patrol. He’d take one night, I’d take another. But many nights I also have to go comfort a child that cries out for me and then I end up falling asleep in Cam’s bed and then hubby has to take puppy patrol and then he gets no sleep and then he’s a MAJOR GROUCH (wimp). And bad moods are as contagious as the H1N1 in this house and our house is way too small to have numerous grouches so….
I did what any mom would do…I MOMMY’d UP! Because us mom, we rock like that and kick ass. We can have interrupted sleep and get up 5 times a night and somehow we make it work…most of the time. I tell you, we’re freaks of nature, God’s gift to the world, we have something special ladies.
So last night, it was Friday, Cameron wanted to sleep out on the couch with me (the couch has become the bed for whoever has puppy patrol…it’s quite comfortable (when you have the longer end…see below) so don’t feel too bad for me). I let Cam have a sleep out with me and he went off to sleep fairly quickly and then I sat and watched “Say Yes to the Dress” and random infomercials until midnight (I totally want the Tobi Steamer for our clothes now, I am so sold. SO sold!).
I got a couple of hours of shut eye and then it was on. Puppy patrol. Then it was daughter patrol. I went and tucked her back in. Found her, her stuffed puppy (the LOVE of her LIFE!) and got her back to sleep. I gave puppy some water, a chewy and I headed back to sleep. For ten minutes, until the puppy HAD to go out AGAIN.
“OMG, pup, do it all at once, be efficient! For God’s sake!”
Then at 5 a.m. as I was trying my hardest to fall back into slumber land when I heard a tiny voice down the hall.
It was Leah. She was awake. I mean wide-open-as-though-it-was-10 a.m. AWAKE. I took her out to the couch with me.
So here I was with Cameron snoozing happily on one section of our corner couch and I on the other. I was on the shorter end…mind you. So, from my knees to my toes, my legs were hanging over the arm of the couch. And now I had Leah too.
I had to lay on my side, with my ass literally hanging off the couch, I mean not an ounce of it was on the couch, people. Not an ounce. My feet were curled up now, as I tried to spoon my little one and get something that resembled rest. To get comfy I threw my arm over Leah to hold her (and to hold on for dear life, since a LARGE portion of me was NOT actually ON the couch). I wasn’t sure if my arm was too heavy so I took it back.
But no sooner, did little Leah grab my arm and place it back over her. She then gave it a rub and couple of sweet pats. Just like a little mama. So sweet. So so sweet.
Reassurance, love, and cuddles with my little girl…it was an awesome moment.
And that right there. That rub of my arm. That pat to say “I love you”. That made this crazy co-sleeping situation all the better and all worth it and one I wouldn’t have had if my dear husband HAD had the balls to get up with the dog and still put on a smiling face and fake it the next morning….like so many of us moms do. I can admit to window shopping for Futon Creations but don’t tell me husband!
Oh what a night. A very crazy, busy, crowded and FULL OF LOVE night.
Now, I’m off to get me some coffee….
disclosure…the Tobi steamer people did not pay me for placement…although I’d totally be up for trying that baby, if they’d like. And yes, there may be spelling mistakes and grammatical errors in this post. Don’t kill me. I’ll try and find them after I have consumed copious amounts of java and the sun is up…it’s still dark here, as I sit with my daughter on one side of me, awake and watching t.v., my son on the other side, still snoozing away (oh to be HIM!) and the roosters just starting to crow…