Being diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes during pregnancy made my daughter spend her first day on the neonatal ward, hospital policy! Severe blood loss left me unable to tend to her. That first day, I only saw her every four hours just enough time to feed her.
Having spent just one day in this life, my sweet little girl ignored the way co-sleeping is perceived in our Western culture. Trusting entirely upon her instincts, she was going to try everything in her power to not be separated again from the only one she knew. To her, having lived in my womb for nine months, she and I were one, and being separated from me must have been very confusing.
All this led to being up until 11 at night because every bone in my body - and every molecule of air in her lungs - screamed to hold her close to me. Yet reason and education shouted to put her alone, on her back, in the crib.
Luckily, a very kind nurse – to whom I shall remain forever grateful – ended our suffering and told us to just sleep together, showing me how to do it safely.
And thus we spent that second night, skin to skin, tummy to tummy. She nursed a little and dozed off. So did I. We slept soundly until her daddy arrived in the morning.
She has not spend a night in a crib ever since. She is now 21 months old and still nursing.
I submitted this post as an entry into the Co-Sleeping Essay Contest. You have a few more days to enter – entries must be received by March 23, 2010 (the deadline has been extended 3 days from the original!). If you submit an entry, please be sure to tell them you heard about the contest on mamapoekie.blogspot.com. Here are details:
In 2008, the Great Co-Sleeping Survey was initiated and in just a few months over 9000 parents from all over the world logged on to www.Co-SleepingSurvey.com. These parents relayed powerful statements and stories about their bed-sharing experience. The result is a new book titled, “Are You Co-Sleeping? Me Too!” With more than 30 chapters of specific bed-sharing topics, it will provide relief to parents who have been affected by the negativity that often surrounds the issue.
You have the opportunity to be included in the book by producing some short “feel good” essays to head 7 of the chapters. These essays should be written by parents who love or have loved bed-sharing with their babies or children. This opportunity will take the form of a contest/giveaway program. The 7 prospective winners will have their story included in the book. The top essayist will win the Dr. approved bed-sharing aid, The Humanity Family Sleeper, a $200.00 value!
RULES & ESSAY GUIDELINES:
Essays (250 words or less) should focus on the writer’s personal experience with one of the following topics. Bloggers are also invited to enter their own essays. There are no international boundaries, all countries are invited to enter. Prizes will be shipped for free (essays need to be in English).
1. Oppression or negativity they received (Mother-in-law, parents, media, doctors, general society).
2. How bed-sharing enriched their parenting experience.
3. How bed-sharing helped breastfeeding (extended duration, adverse physical limitations, etc.).
4. How they got better sleep.
5. A Dad’s perspective, written by a Dad.
6. How it saved their child’s life.
7. How they intended to use a crib, and chose not to.
Entries need to be received by March 23rd, 2010. Winners will be chosen and announced by April 1st. The grand prize will be delivered to the winning entrant before April 20th. Contestants need to log their entries at http://cosleepingsurvey.com/cosleepingsurveyessay.html.
*I heard about the contest from Code Name: Mama. Thanks for spreading the word!