On another note, the nighttime is a time of sweetness that was unmatched until 22 months ago. Since Rosie was born she has slept in our bed. It was (is) a controversial move and solicits it's fare share of criticisms (until I just stopped sharing it with people). Comments along the lines of how we are spoiling our child and we will be sorry we did it. Or, how we must not be the kind of people who need our own personal space or even the occasional remark about how our sex-life must be non-existent. That's just a taste. So you may be able to see why I just stopped sharing that info with people. When babies are small (like, 1 year and under) people are compelled to ask you ALL THE TIME about the wee-one's sleeping habits, and then give their opinions/advice based on what you say- regardless of whether or not you were seeking such opinions/advice.
It has been some of the most awesome times with Ro. She wakes up in the most fantastic mood and in a vibrant tone says, "Hey Momma!". She is right there with us, not crying and lonely in another part of the house. It just makes the most sense to me. At one time we had a conversation about moving her into her own room (when that was actually a possibility) and the notion had me in tears.
I can see now that she will transition into her own space in time. We won't have to force the issue, she will just do it, and I will be a sad and proud Momma.
Nighttime snuggling with my true love on one side of me and my heart on the other is the most content and peaceful place I could hope to be.
NOTE: I don't intend to bash people who make different choices for their children's sleeping arrangements! No need to defend your choices- I get we all are given this life to live how we choose, and I love you just the same.