I nap with my DS and also sleep with him at night. I always let him feed to sleep, but at night when he's sounds alseep I leave the room so I can have dinner etc...but always respond to him immediately if he starts waking (i.e. let him relatch and fall back to sleep). I'm finding (after 10 months of this) that I really need to do the same during at least one of his naps per day (he has two) because I just can't stay on top of some very basic things at home if I always nap with him especially re: phone calls that I can't make at night. I don't want to make these phone calls etc...while he is awake because I want to be there for him and not make him feel like I am inattentive. So my question is this: which is actually worse - making the phone calls while he is awake (I don't have anyone else at home to watch him so he would see me ignoring him) or leaving him to nap alone (although I would rush in as I do during the night the minute I heard a peep to relatch him)? Also, is leaving him to nap or sleep the first part of the night alone so bad?
Any thoughts/advice greatly appreciated
Also, another related question - in the morning he usually wakes very early and I let him babble to himself while he looks at a mobile, the shadows, plays with a stuffed animal and rolls around (evern crawling over me) while I try to stay alseep until at least 6:30am. Is this "bad"? That is, am I being inattentive and not responding to his needs by talking back to him and playing with him? Would like to get the AP take on this as well...
Finally, I have read that a lot of moms are able to read while breastfeeding. I can't imagine how this works - especially if you are feeding lying down in a darkened room (which puts me to sleep instantly to say nothing of not being able to see the print on the pages of the book plus the logistics of turning pages....?) Can someone explain this to me?
Thanks in advance for the advice.