M being the only child (as of now ! No..I’m not ‘Expecting’ ;-)) enjoys all the attention he can get and the little prankster that he is will demand attention if he doesn’t get it. I’ve noticed that M particularly wants to be in the ‘middle’ always…in the middle of anything and anyone…if all the three of us are taking a walk with J and M on either sides of me. M will notice in a fraction the fact that he’s not in the middle and would barge in-between us hufff…this being in the ‘middle madness’ continues when he is amongst his friends, cousins and even his soft toys (can any child beat that !) The Donald Duck and the Teddy Bear cannot sit together-next to each other…M has to be in the ‘middle’ of the two…he can’t take it if he isn’t in the middle !
This ‘middle madness’ didn’t affect our lives much as it would anywhere else other that the bedroom. Sleep deprivation did hit when M was born but in a matter of 6-7 months M started sleeping through the night and J and I weren’t affected by the most common parenthood dilemma’s until M grew to be 3+ yrs…Sleep deprivation seeped in for us because of this ‘middle madness’ ! He has to sleep in the middle and between us. This picture I found on one of the forwarded e-mails depicted exactly what was happening with M in the middle –
We desperately were looking for a solution when M’s teachers happened to be on a student home visit. They came over to inspect M’s home environment and his toys. They were surprised to hear that M was still co-sleeping with us. They suggested that he is made to sleep alone. J and I after a lot of thought agreed upon this suggestion and were just waiting for it to be implemented. For two weeks now M has managed to sleep in the other room……wait …..not yet……but now we have a new problem.
I’m a person who ” sleeps as soon as I hit the bed ” and in the pretext of putting the lil-one to sleep I lie on his bed with plans of waking up and sneaking into the other room …but …shamelessly fall asleep even before M. What can be expected after a tiring working day and the cooking and cleaning…I just snooze off on M’s bed just to be woken by the morning alarm – leaving poor J sleeping alone (just like the very last snippet in the picture – how co-incidentally true 😉