I have to admit, co-sleeping is not something my partner and I intended to do with either of our kids. Somehow, though, neither of them spent more than a month or two in their own cribs. I don't regret it at all; the snuggles, the safety, the warmth, the smell of my babies' heads, the sound of their tiny snores and, of course, the things a baby thinks when you co-sleep (or, at least, what I can only assume babies think). When you co-sleep, you have plenty of lazy time to lay in bed and think about the thoughts going through your peacefully dreaming little; thoughts that, I hope, revolve around a large amount of gratitude for the sacrifice made by my husband and I.
Is that wrong? Am I supposed to love every moment that is the journey of attachment parenting (a journey I didn't even realize I'd begun), when my first child was born? While the early days of co-sleeping are amazing (especially with a child who is small and doesn't move around much), once they become toddlers it becomes way less fun. And then when they become preschoolers and still don't want to leave your bed, it becomes even less fun. It actually just turns into hours of trying to sleep while avoiding being kicked or hit in the face, or at least avoiding it in a way that prevents permanent damage.
Would I trade any of the annoying, painful, and downright ridiculous facets of my co-sleeping experience with my children? Not in a million years. I think. I'm almost positive. You know what, ask me in a few years when it's all over. Either way, and especially when co-sleeping isn't that great, I can't help but think back to when my kids were babies and we all slept soundly in the same bed. I can't help but think about what went through their little minds in those moments, because I acutely remember what was going through mine.
So, in the name of curiosity and in remembrance of the simple, pre-toddler co-sleeping days, here's what your baby is thinking when you co-sleep (or, you know, what I can only hope they think):