Throwback Thursday: The Snuggle is Real


In light of Eduardo's recent bedtime struggles, I thought it would be fitting to share some snaps of me snuggling up in my parents' bed! Here's one of me with my mum and this was actually taken in our home in Baltimore (I must have been about 5 or 6). The second picture is of me with my dad which was taken in my grandparents' house in Ireland. I look younger and my hair is definitely shorter so I would say I'm about 3 or 4 in that one. (See my hair grew REALLY slowly - just like Emilia's!) 


These photos just remind me of how much I loved cuddling up in my parents' bed in the mornings. There's something really special about climbing into the middle of the two people you loved the most in the world and the feeling of being safe, warm & happy as a child. Now I'm lucky enough to be able to have that experience again with my two children and I secretly look forward to being woken up by their little hands and feet crawling up into our bed, even if it is often in the very early hours of the morning!

Having said that, I do kind of wish Eduardo would stay in his own bed at least until 6am especially now that I'm farther into my pregnancy and feeling more movement/getting bigger. Our bed has become 10x smaller as a result of my growing size, the addition of Eduardo/Emilia/etc. and my pregnancy pillow also takes up a lot of room! (Hahaha, seriously though it does!) We have tried to be more strict about him coming into our bed at night but sometimes when you're so exhausted having been woken multiple times already, you just give in. These are the moments when sliding Eduardo into bed with you seems like a much easier option than traipsing all the way back to his room again to settle him down. Aaaargh...I know, parenting fail. But then there's also part of me who thinks that maybe he just needs me more right now (senses Mummy's pregnant...is worried about not being the baby anymore...etc. etc.)  and there's nothing wrong with that! Ahh, the never-ending mother's guilt. It hits you hard and probably even more so when you're suffering from lack of sleep!

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  1. My 3 year old wanders out of her bed most nights and into ours and it doesn't bother me one little bit, when she's grown up I will yearn for those special moments, let them be little and treasure the snuggles x

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  2. Loved this blog post Anna! So sweet. Hope the pregnancy is going well:) x

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  3. Loved this blog post Anna! So sweet. Hope the pregnancy is going well:) x

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  4. I absolutely love this! I love this so much! You where such a cute baby. Also your a great parent! Ly. Great blog post once again Anna !

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  5. Even a small message would honestly make my WEEK Lysm �� Your such a great blogger vlogger etc and I love this post so much. Amazingggggg as always.

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  6. So sweet!! I always loved cuddling with my momma in the mornings. I think there's just something about being held by your mom that makes you feel instantly safe. So happy you're blogging again!

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  7. I have an almost 3.5 year old daughter and 1.5 year old son. So much you comment on I can identify with. At the end of the day they will not be sleeping in our beds when they are teenagers so for now I enjoy it while I can!

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  8. Lovely pics of you and your parents, Eduardo is your double xx

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  9. Definitely the sweetest thing when the young ones snuggle. My son still loves to snuggle. Anna would love to see a"Go shopping with me blog or vlog".

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  10. My 2 year old is struggling also, i feel your pain.

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  11. You look so much like Eduardo in these photos Anna, aw so sweet!

    Lucy | Forever September

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  12. We have a little one who still crawls in (and she's 4!) I have had all the comments "you shouldn't do that" etc but astill I say people who are quick to comment clearly have never gone without sleep!! Ur his mama and u know best!!xx

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  13. Eduardo is such a cutie! You are doing so well Anna! Parenting is hard and you and Jonathan are a fantastic team x

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  14. Your mommy intuition seems spot on. And while I don't have my own kids quite yet, I often hear the quote "they are only little once". I hope things do start to get a little easier with Eduardo for the sake of making sure you are comfortable for the remaining months of your pregnancy!

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  15. Beautiful pics. My youngest used to climb in our bed regularly. They grow out of it eventually. I've never heard of a teen still squeezing in the middle ��
    Xx Big love xX

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  16. Im the same at the moment with my 2 year old. We co slept (and i still night breast feed her) until a few days ago where we have moved her into her big girl bed, she still wakes 2 or 3 times a night, so i sneak in, feed her and try to sneak away, more often ending with my falling asleep in her bed. She loves it!

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  17. You and Jonathon are AMAZING parents!

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  18. So sweet! First comment!

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  19. They are only teeny for a little while, it won't hurt to let Eduardo snuggle in with you guys. Also, Emilia looks so similar to you as a child. She's her mummy's baby for sure! ❤️

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  20. The pictures where so cute! You looked so much like Eduardo when you where younger!!
    And I was just wondering if you are you going to the Lapland in Finland or the one in Sweden? xxx

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  21. Aw this is so cute! I remember doing this with my parents too and it just always made me feel safe. I see so much of Emilia and Eduardo is these pictures! My hair grew slow as well, so my Mum put bows in my hair just like Emilia : )
    Steph x.

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  22. Beautifully said!

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  23. I wish you all the best, Anna! Sending so much love from Germany!

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  24. Your a wonderful mum Anna and you have two beautiful children. I can't wait to see and hear about baby number three! Also I love that your back into blogging more, I love reading it :) xx

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  25. It is absolutely NOT a parenting fail!! I think you hit the nail on the head about sensing things are changing. He'll be so excited to be a big brother he'll love the change.

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  26. I hope you see this comment, Anna, because people are always saying that Eduardo is your double, but I think Emilia is the absolute IMAGE of you. She's a lovely combo of you and your mother. She'll be a heartbreaker, for sure! <3

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  27. My son is same age as eduardo - and is obsessed by eduardo BTW! :) - is still in our room! We had nightmare few months at 18 mthns and brought his bed back into our room and he is still there! Not ideal but secretly love it. Yvonne x

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  28. Normally i see Eduardo in you as a child but in this photo with your mom a see 100% Emilia, it's amazing :). Congratulations Anna for your lovely family who i love and whats every single day for years now, and for being exactty how you are. ;)

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  29. Normally i see Eduardo in you as a child but in this photo with your mom a see 100% Emilia, it's amazing :). Congratulations Anna for your lovely family who i love and whats every single day for years now, and for being exactty how you are. ;)

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  30. my son is 7 and still comes in my room in the middle of the night, but he now sets up camp on the floor until my husband leaves for work which is normally around 4am

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  31. I try to tell myself to love the late night snuggles as well because they really do grow so fast! Our oldest is 13, and I already miss when she was little and would creep in the way her brother and sister still do (they're 7 and almost 3). Best of luck to you with your sweet little family! Hugs from Michigan!

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  32. Great post! I'm 29 now and I still love staying at my mum and dads house, I sleep like a baby (in my own bed!) something about the security of having them there! You are a fabulous mummy, ignore the haters! Xxx

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  33. Omg the top picture is totally Emilia and the bottom is Eduardo! Emilia looks just like you as a child! Maybe that means she will grow up to look like you more too!

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  34. My boys always came to our bed. I was happy to be there for them und hugh and cuddle them, when they had bad dreams, even though I was sooo very tired the next morning... By the way: Lavinia Ava Faye and Savannah Evangeline Grace would have been the names for my (imagined, 4 boys) girls.

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  35. Love these pictures! Man you can really see how your kids take after your side! Eduardo has so much of your mother in him! You are such a good mama and I can't wait for you to have another sweet spirit join your family :)

    https://www.youtube.com/user/crowleyparty

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  36. you are totally Emilias twin when you were a child! I feel you too on the snuggles......snuggling your parents is the best and i love when my little guy gives me morning cuddles........but its not the most fun in the middle of the night when hes taking up my whole bed and I need sleep

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  37. Eduardo is a mini-you! Now I wish that I could go snuggle with my parents...Can a 20-year-old say that? Haha, love you Anna, hope you have a wonderful day! :)

    It's Me, Maggie | http://itsme-maggie.blogspot.com/

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  38. I love this post because I can totally relate. I have a 2 year old and a 2 month old. We struggled with the toddler staying in her bed, but since she knows her little brother is getting nursed and is in mommy's room she wants to join. Too tired to deal sometimes so she gets to join.

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  39. Just noticed how much Emilia looks like your mom!

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  40. Hi Anna,
    Loved this post ! I don't have pictures of my parents and I cuddling up in bed but the safe feeling you're talking about is still here ! My dad passed almost three years ago and sometimes when I feel overwhelmed, sad or anxious I still go to my mum's bed to cuddle up until I feel fine again.
    Anyway, thank you for sharing this !
    xx
    Apolline

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  41. These photos are so cute you look just like Eduardo and your mom kind of looks like emilia I lost my Dad when I was 13 and I know how important those pictures of you and your father are because I cherish the ones of me and my dad too

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