When I was recently out of town for a few days, something curious happened – you started sleeping through the night. We chalked it up to you just going through a good developmental stretch, then I came back and you sort of reverted back to waking for an hour or two to play in the middle of the night.
So we decided to test out the hypothesis that I’m somehow affecting your sleep. I set up camp in the guest room and lo and behold, you slept fine again. Since then, every evening, I’ll pull out the sofa bed, get a good night’s rest, put the couch back together in the morning and then come find you and your mother.
As for why – we have a couple of guesses. Perhaps I snore, but we have observed you aren’t waking up from sleep and instead just not settling back to sleep after a feed. So we think it’s you seeing me and associating me with getting picked up or playing with you, which is why you’ll climb over your mom to get to my side of the bed then bounce around wide awake for an hour or two. And this makes sense because when you don’t see me at night, you just go to sleep instead.
I was very conflicted about this development. On the one hand, we are mostly getting better sleep (debatable for your mother since she still has to wake and feed you), but on the other hand, I’ve been kicked out of our cosleeping club. Perhaps you’ll also be ready for your own room soon because you seem to be quite the independent boy. My oh my how quickly you’re growing up.