I'm not really quick to label myself as any one type of "mom," or even a mom in general. Yes, I have a son, but choosing to have a child is just one of the many life choices I have made. Still, society is big on labels these days, and if I have to fit myself into one category, I'd have to say I'm a proud "lazy mom." I didn't realize this was necessarily my identifier, until I started co-sleeping, because there are things lazy moms don't worry about when it comes to co-sleeping and, well, I didn't worry about these things either. When it comes to parenthood, I want to work smarter, not harder. The responsibilities of taking care of another human being are difficult enough, so if I can find a way to make motherhood work for me, not against me, I am all about it.
Now, this isn't to say that I haven't made adjustments or certain sacrifices since becoming a mother. Bringing another human being into the world, and then caring for that human being, is a very big adjustment, and I have altered certain (read: most) aspects of my life to be the parent my soon needs and deserves. It's just that, well, I don't worry about proving to myself, or anyone else, that I am a "good mother." I already know I am, so going above and beyond in the name of motherhood — giving myself the ability to point at a project or a parenting decision and say, "Look! Look at how much I love my kid!" — just isn't my thing. As long as my son is happy, healthy, and thriving, I consider my job done. That job never ends, mind you, but each night I can lay down in my bed, next to my partner and usually my toddler when he meanders in at two in the morning, and be proud of the mother I am to my son.
I started co-sleeping with my son because it was the easiest and most beneficial sleep situation for everyone involved. He fell asleep quicker and for longer periods of time when he was in our bed, and my partner and I were able to sleep as a result. That's honestly all there is to it. While we prepared our bed for co-sleeping and took the necessary precautions, we didn't worry about a whole lot either because, well, I'm a lazy mom, and lazy moms know that the following things just aren't worth their time or effort: