I look back at all the effort I put into trying to make sure my baby didn't rely on being rocked to sleep and have to laugh because I now have a 22 month old who sleeps in my arms all night. Most of the time I actually love it, if she wakes in the night and I'm not touching her she says "cuddle with mama!" until I scoop her up. She's very particular- wants me laying on my side with one arm under her and one over her. Really cute but my arm and hip are seriously paying for it. Sometimes I can sneak my arms away but not always- it seems to be the worst when she's cutting teeth (she's on her last two molars now!!yay!) or when it's chilly. I'll admit that she's probably spoiled by most peoples standards but I just don't care. I tried CIO when she was smaller and there's no way I could do it now. I'm sad that I ever did it before.
I guess my question is- if you've had a similar experience with co sleeping when did your kids kind of..chill out and give you a little breathing room? I'm really in no hurry to kick her out of my bed completely. She's not going to be this cuddly and chubby for very long. I really would like my arms back though.