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04/30/2010 at 12:00 PM ET

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I have to agree with the writer on co-sleeping, as I too have a lot of respect for co-sleepers, it just isn’t something I have ever been able to do all the time. Although the only time our children ever sleep with us is when they have been super sick, throwing up or high fevers. (and I think they do that because they would rather leave their mark on my bed than on theirs) That was until we had our youngest, who is 5 years old and is 12+ years younger than our oldest. Our five year old sleeps with us as soon as she hears thunder or sees lightening. She is terrified of bad weather. Kids are so funny our oldest who is a 17 1/2 yr old girl and seems to be very independent will crawl into our bed or want me to sleep with her when she is sick. Just the other day she got super sick with a kidney infection and early in the morning crawled into bed with my husband and our five year old. The five year old was in our bed because unfortunately I am out of town taking care of my sisters kids for 7 days while they are out of town and the five year old missed me so much that come bed time she would cry hysterically until my husband caved. I could just picture all of them asleep together, cozy, well not cozy enough because the husband is sleeping on the couch and the two are still sleeping in my bed, happy as a clam. My kids never wanted to sleep in our bed unless they are sick and I loved every moment of it and loved it even more when they got over being sick and I had my bed all back to myself again!
when the four of them were babies the only time they ever slept with us (minus the five yr olds storm scare) was when they were sick. And its quite obvious that it still something my kids feel they need or want. Just glad they are relatively healthy. We all parent differently and we all do what we need to too survive!
And it wont be long when my 17 year old goes off to college and when she gets sick I wont be able to climb in her bed or she climb into mine, that right there pulls on my heart strings. So next time when I am home and lying next to her and she is sick and asleep I will treasure that moment.

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