Wednesday, August 20, 2008

This is why I'm probably not going to give the sex talk!

There are not many things that we would do differently when it comes to Geordie.

The only thing that we might question is how we put him to sleep. Yes, we ate our words, and would sleep with him.

Up to a month a go we would still be laying down beside him and then once he's asleep we would leave. This also meant that if he woke up during the night we would have to lay down beside him and 'sleep' until he did. Many times we would just end up staying in his bed because we fell asleep.

Thing is for the most part Geordie was a really easy baby and still is. Sure he's got some badass tendencies and he can be very mischievous but he is easy going and not high maintenance.

So, after the Canada Day long weekend (July 1st) Geordie started sleeping by himself. We would do the whole bedtime routine, wash, brush teeth, read a book, talk about the day and then tuck him in.

We had no clue how this would go. Geordie is a people person. He needs to have people around. We always joke that he's so independent he could live on his own for a week but being alone would kill him.

First week it went pretty well. Yes, there were some tears but he went to sleep on his own. He has 3 friends to sleep with now, Sasa, Beary and Michelin Man.

Second week, one night when I was putting him down this conversation happened;

Geordie: "Mummy, I don't like sleeping by myself. When does it stop?"

Me: "When you're married!" (said flippantly; thought I was being funny; forgot that G doesn't get that humour yet)

Geordie: "What's married?"

Me: *uh-oh* "Well, Mummy and Daddy are married that's why we get to sleep together. Nana and Grandad are married, Grannie and Grandpa are married..."

Geordie: "Uncle Russell's not married!?"

Me: *uh-oh* "no"

Geordie: "Uncle Greg's not married!?"

Me: *uh-oh* "no"

Geordie: "So they sleep all by themselves too!"

Me: *uh-oh* "uhm, uh, yeah."

Geordie: "Well, how do I get married?"

Me: "You meet someone that you want to spend the rest of your life with then you have a big party, then you're married!"

Geordie: "I could married Nora Jane...or I think Nora Jane"


A Buns Life said...

MY Olivia already has who she is going to marry picked out and it has been the same little boy for two years now.....good thing we like his parents! :)

Chantal said...

I sleep with my guys too. D for obvious reasons, he is scared to death all the time and M cause he likes to talk before sleep. I need to work on this... UGH

Alison said...

Somehow The Boy knows that his dad and I aren't married. Not sure who told him or in what context!

When he was three and had his own room (as opposed to his own bed in our room) we started timing how long we would lie down with him--I would tell him I could snuggle for two minutes and then goodnight. I'd even count a little in my head to make sure I wasn't falling asleep myself, and not staying much longer than a couple of minutes. The we would have a goodnight kiss and leave while he was still awake. I was surprised by how easily he took to it. They're adaptable little beggars!

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Blogger at my last comment.

I hope it wasn't a sign.

Anyway, it said something like:

There is nothing in the world that is better than sleeping with your own cuddly, snuggly, and sweet-smelling child. I don't care what the rule books have to say.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Poop. That was supposed to say, "Blogger ate my last comment . . . "

chelle said...

I agree with Cheri .. they grow up so FAST. Becs is already ready for us to take off and NOT snuggle ... it makes me want to weep. Thankfully the little guy loves to snuggle and rock and cuddle...enjoy it. Someday he will groan when you want to give him a kiss !

slackermommy said...

I love your answer! That is so something I would say to my kids and then back pedal out of it.