Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Lest You Get Cocky and Think You Know What You're Doing

Oh sleep, that elusive rejuvenator that I so desparately want to claim as my own. Just when I thought we were on the road to a somewhat normal life, my feet get pulled out from under me.

Amber had been sleeping from 7PM to 6-6:30AM without a waking in the middle of the night for 6 days straight. The boys had been napping for several hours during the day and then going to bed around 8 and waking at 6:30-7. Oh how I love that schedule. It was still difficult to get Tyler to bed, but laying with him until he falls asleep was getting to be ok.

All the wheels fell off last night.

Boys wouldn't nap yesterday. Tyler made it clear that he was not going to go to sleep. He first layed down and pretty much fell asleep pretty quickly. I thought the coast was clear, so extracted myself from under him just as he woke up. He was groggy enough that I was able to talk him into staying in bed as I left the room. Not long he was up with a poopy diaper (his new modus operande), down to change and then back to bed. Many back and forth and taking off all his clothes and banging and unplugging his monitor and basic shenanigans made us finally give up. Through all the commotion, Cory didn't go to sleep either. On the topic of no naps, Amber decided to weigh in her protest and didn't go down until 4PM for her afternoon nap.

Good naps beget good nighttime sleep. I know that. So, bedtime was ok. Everyone went down pretty easily, but Tyler woke up at 11PM banging and thrashing in his bed. I went in to check on him and he just continuted to kick and scream. I asked him if he wanted some water and he calmed down, said yes, so I left to go get it. When I got back, he said, 'NO!' So I took it out and so he said, 'I WANT WATER', so I went and got it and he said, 'NO!'. This went on for several minutes until I decided to just leave him alone. Miles eventually went in and laid down with him until he fell asleep.

Amber woke up at 1:30AM, crying for a bottle, which she promptly drained and went back to sleep.

Cory woke up at 2:30, crying for his DeeDee, which I got up to give him.

Cory woke up again at around 3:00, but settled down without me having to go in.

Amber woke up at 5AM, so Miles got up to give her another bottle and see if she'd go back down - nope!

Tyler woke up at 6:15AM.

We had to wake Cory up at 7:15AM.

Here's hoping for a better day - Bumpa and Grammie won't let them get by with no naps - and a better night!


Lori said...

I can't tell you how big my carbon footprint was during the napping days, when the only thing that would make it happen was a long drive on the interstate. Ugh.

Hope today is better for you.

nancy said...


My 2 1/2 yr old didn't sleep through the night until the night of her 2nd birthday. No joke. She did NOT sleep (except maybe 3-4 days randomly) until that night. She'd get up 3-4 times on average and 11 times was her record.

Then I asked her to sleep in her birthday card and she did. I didn't realize that's all I needed to do. Heck, I'd of done it ages ago.

My point here is that it's only been 6 months and I can't fathom not sleeping again. It doesn't seem like it's only been 6 months since my nights of hell. And when the kids have a bad night, I can't handle it.

So here's to you and hoping you feel better soon!

utRus said...

OMG. remind me never to complain about having JUST twins! thanks for reminding me. that sounds like quite the logistical challenge over there!