Humnoy slept overnight in the tent for the first time ever. Well, only because he screamed like a banshee when I tried to get him down for the night in the spare bedroom in the attic. Yeah, so when I say “camping”, I really meant cabin livin’! Potato pohtahtoh. Believe you me, all this tired mama wanted was to sleep on a bed, inside, away from nature. This screaming is usually normal at bedtime but we were staying with a retired couple, who enjoy their quiet, and a family with a preschooler next to us so we had to make the executive decision to take this banshee outside. Thus commences his first night in a tent! There you go, Humnoy; there’s your first camping experience complete with a pissed-off bag o’ hormones and a short-tempered Dada!
Here’s how I believe bed-sharing prepared us for this camping fiasco and other unpredictable sleeping experiences:
Bed-sharing is caring!
You can share bed-sharing! Bed-sharing can be done with Mama, Dada, or even a cuddly Aunt or a snuggly Grandma! In this weekend’s case, it was with nature and the rushing Chiwawa River near Leavenworth.
Bed-sharing requires no special equipment.
Humnoy has been road tripping as long as he’s been days old. We don’t have a pack n’ play nor do we need one. Anywhere we’ve been, camping included, has all the necessary sleeping arrangements needed: Mama’s boobies and a bed of some sort.
Bed-sharers have been through every possible sleeping issue known to parenthood.
A family, who bed shares has been through it all – late bedtimes, sleepless nights, Dad moving to the couch. Adjusting to a new environment can be difficult for both the children and the adults. In our case, Humnoy was overly excited that there was another kid on this camping trip with us and refused to go to sleep knowing his new friend was in the next room. Please refer to “banshee screaming” in first paragraph.
The banshee only lasted the first night we arrived to the cabin and we slept soundly in the attic the second night. Humnoy even busted out the “H is for Hell” position this night, complete with a Mama and a Dada on each side to make bed-sharing bliss complete.