Breathe momma. That is what I have to keep reminding myself as that little angel of a girl sleeps soundly on my side of the bed.
She is almost 14 months now and I was adament from the startthat for the first few months we were going to co-sleep since I was nursing. Nothing was better to me than to have that little body snuggled up next to mine. Her breathing steady and strong as she slept peacefully. As she became older and more mobile during the night we slowly transitioned her to her own bassinet. Then from the bassinet to her crib. But I wanted to ensure that she knew I was there and had not simply abandoned her to the far outreaches of "her" room so she slept in the bedroom with us.
I had intended to move her sooner than this but we had some extended stay visitors that ended up taking "her" room so she stayed. The restless and often times sleepless nights slowly turned into sleeping through the night. For months now I have been able to easily sleep 8 hrs straight. Her routine is perfect. She lays down in our bed and falls asleep. When I come up to go to bed I move her to her crib. She barely moves and if she does I hand her a bottle and she goes right back to sleep.
But now her crib is gone. From our room to her room ist has gone. The place where it once sat now stands naked and wide open. I don't know how I am going to do this. How will I know when she needs me? How will I know when she woke up from a bad dream or because she is uncomfortable? All this time hearing every little sigh, whimper and breath and now I will hear nothing.
If there is anyone out there who has gone through this phase of your child's life, please help.