Apart from for the first 3 months Little O was the perfect sleeper (I know, I know, smug mum alert! Please don’t hate me!) He was sleeping through the night at 4 months and was one of those babies that would happily amuse themselves in a morning lying in their cot whilst me and his dad had an extra half hours kip.
Things started to change around the time O discovered he could open and close doors. This coincided with his move from his cot into a big boy bed. He was no longer happy to spend all night in his own room and he started to appear in ours. The first time he did it, my husband had fallen asleep on the couch and O at some point sneaked into our room, saw an empty half of the bed and climbed in beside me. We both thought the other had put him there and it took a few days to realise he’d moved himself.
This started to happen more regularly and it’s now a fairly common occurrence. We actually take bets on what time he will appear. As his sound monitor is on we hear him before we see him. He climbs out of bed, opens his door and closes it behind him. Next he stomps down the landing before opening our door, and closing it behind him. Then it’s a trip to my side of the bed for me to pick him up and place him between us.
Once there he goes straight back to sleep, sometimes accompanied by a “mummy, cuddle me” as he gets himself comfy.
Maybe I should discourage him, and take him back to his own bed.
Maybe I should invest in a gro clock and try some sleep training.
Or maybe, I should make the most of spending a few hours cuddled up to my son whilst he peacefully sleeps because I know this won’t last forever.
For the moment I’m choosing the final option!