Recently though, after telling everyone that we “didn’t do the co-sleeping thing” learned that putting the sleeping Petka down in a cradle beside the bed was considered by many a co-sleeping option, because she is right beside us, because she falls asleep in our arms, and wakes to love and warm milk. And I can see the similarities. Being so close, there is no time between her waking and receiving comfort. She is not alone or isolated in the dark night. Not that she would be, even without us - Luba is an over-attentive nursemaid, concerned if Yarrow fusses, concerned if she sleeps overlong.
I love Yarrow’s cradle, and so does she. The rocking soothes her if she’s on the edge of waking, and in the daytime it is a bright nest of friends and distractions. Recently, he favorite game has been to drop her teething fruits one by one over the edge and grinning, lean way out to try to pick it them up. If she gets them without falling, she drops them again, because - I think - the purpose is to fall out. Luba is very concerned when the fall is successful, except when there’s a chance I might rush to help Yarrow and leave food within reach. Yarrow is completely unfazed by falling, the cradle is low and the thrill of the fall is apparently worth the landing. I’m concerned at what this might indicate for her future.