I have a love-hate relationship with my kids sleeping in my bed. They love it, I hate it. I’m kidding. I mostly love it. But then I don’t. Here’s the thing: sometimes they get into the bed and just sleep. No moving around, or squirming or fighting over who gets to be next to Mama. They just snuggle up and sleep. And that? Well, I love that. Their sweet, warm bodies cuddled up with us. But there are other nights when they are kicking the covers off; ramming their knees are into my back and putting their elbows in my eye; and someone is having a bad dream.
They don’t come into the bed in the middle of the night every night. And it’s not always all of them. Sometimes it’s one other times it’s two and on occasion all 3 have climbed into our bed somewhere between midnight and 4am. Sometimes I don’t even know one of them is in the bed until I wake up in the morning. So, see? It’s not all bad.
But Zeta is just too damn big! The girl is closing in on 9 years old and she’s tall for her age. She has long limbs and likes to sleep on a diagonal. And to sleep with her arms behind her head, which results in her elbow in my eye. If Zeta is already in the bed when Nita arrives, she will make a noise that sounds like a kitten crying and complain until she can get next to me. Then Zeta will complain that Nita always gets her way and it’s not fair. Then I will yell at them to zip it and go to sleep!
Jemima is really the best one to sleep with, so of course comes to our bed the least. She gets right in, burrows down under the comforter and goes right to sleep. And does not move until morning. She will even sleep through the other two fighting over who gets to be next to me. Plus, she’s tiny and compact. She doesn’t take up much space and she keeps all her limbs curled under her.
I do have to admit that there are times when all five of us are in the bed, and my heart is bursting with love. How lucky am I to have three amazing kids and a great husband? And a king size bed? Pretty damn lucky! Those times are usually on the weekend.
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