I have had some very exhausting days over the past two weeks. Between teething and stuffy nose, Emma had a bunch of nights in a row where she would wake up every 20 minutes. Nonstop. I was going absolutely crazy from the lack of sleep. I did not recognize it as being a temporary problem, and in the madness of the moment even considered putting her in her own room, in a crib, and shutting the door so that I can get a bit of sleep, since I had several nights in a row where I simply did not sleep much and was so extremely exhausted. I thought that I am doing something wrong with my way of night time parenting, i.e. that co sleeping is causing this problem, and that all the attachment parenting stuff is creating this problem. Other people (whose kids sleep on their own in their crib) tell me that their babies sleep 12 h straight, without any awakenings, but I would have been happy with 3 straight hours. This is what led me to believe that perhaps it is something parenting-related.
Fortunately I got help from MrH and from my mom, and between the two of them I got a bit of sleep in the mornings, from 6 am until about 9 am, and those 3 hours uninterrupted have helped immensely. A few nights later, Emma started sleeping again as usual, with her one to two feeding breaks between 11 pm and 7 am, and I cannot complain about those. I am a normal person again. I have (once again) cancelled my plans to buy a crib. It is not the attachment parenting, it was a bit of discomfort and a virus that caused the change in her sleep pattern. I am so satisfied with sleeping with her, and I really think that she likes it as well, that I am very happy to have hung in there and not thrown in the towel.
I am curious if anybody out there co-sleeps, and if so, does your baby sleep through the night? Is it a feature of co-sleeping that babies wake up to nurse at the all-night-diner since it is so convenient?