To begin, yes, we are co-sleeping! It's okay...family decision. We aren't worried about spoiling him! For now, today, it is working well for us. Well, except all the diarrhea, it's working well. Stinky, but well. This is why I feel I should help other new moms out with a how to.
How to Survive Co-Sleeping, When Your Son has Diarrhea:
1. Send your mom out immediately to buy a mattress pad for you. No, not for his crib and not the big one for your bed, but a small one that lays on top. You think you only need two, but really four is going to be your golden number. See, when the explosion happens at 1:45 am, you don't want to be trying to change your sheets. Get the mattress pad, put it on top of your sheets, and the kid on top. Now, maybe you should just follow the instructions on the box, but this works for us.
2. Your are going to need a plan! Who does what and where are your supplies? You don't want to be frantically trying to find diapers, when diarrhea is going all over the bed. I suggest a little box or tray from target. Put your diapers, plastic baggies (for the nasty sucker), wipes, & cream. I also suggest a small trash can to place by the bed as well. In the Moseby house at 1:45 am, on the dot, here is the scene:
Kid: Fuss, legs go up, aim, and BAMMM!
Mom: Josh, it's go time! JOSH!! It's time.
Dad: What?! Oh, goodness...the smell!
Mom: GET THE KIT!
Mom: WAKE UP MAN! It's right by the bed.
3. Next, I know you think, since he hasn't peed on you since #1 diaper, he won't do it again...Be Warned! HE WILL! He senses your on coming cold, your tired eyes, and your slow to implement game plan. It's coming, all over you, the sheets, the comforter...and surprisingly no one else! Cover it up, friends!
4. Be on Guard! The POOP is not over. Sure he's gone three times since the initial explosion, but there is more. Don't be caught off guard. He will, I stress WILL, spray poop diarrhea ALL over you, the peed laced comforter, the clean diaper, and...did I mention you! Friends, this is hard to recover from, but look down. The sorry rascal is smiling. Oh, yes, all this woke him up and he is laughing at you.
5. Finally, take a breath! Sweetly look at your husband/dad. He has tired eyes, but is pee & poop free. Hand it over, mom. It's time for him to try to get the rascal asleep again and for YOU to take a shower at 2:15 am in the morning.
The struggle is real, people! Five weeks into diarrhea and I have learned things the hard way.