Maybe all babies are like this. Iris likes to sleep with at least one part of her body touching mine at all times. I can think of at least 3 child care authors who would be HORRIFIED by this admission, but there have been a good number of days where I calculate we have been in close physical contact for at least 22 hours a day.
This would be fine if I had more servants.
Sadly, I do not.
My new plan during naps is to let her sleep the first 45 while occupying myself with whatever books or naps or daydreaming I have pressing. And then I start edging away. I used to try lying her in her swing or crib, but that usually bought me only 5-8 minutes (yes, I timed it). This seems to work better.
I was googling madly the other day, trying to figure out how to get her to sleep without being in my arms when I found a Q&A column by a pediatrician. He said it was a stage. He said babies grew out of it after a few months. And then he said, I have never known any parent who, nearing the end of her life, wished she had spent less time holding her child. Relax and try to enjoy it.
Thus the first 45.
Thus the snaps.
Sweet little woman.