I have no idea how to handle my lovely three year old and his sleep issues. They’ve gotten worse. Now, not only do I have to sit in his room until he falls asleep, but he wakes up around midnight every night to join Geric and I in our bed… which means one of us is moving out to the couch. The kid insists on sleeping sideways. I know Supernanny would walk him back to his bed a hundred trillion times until he gets the idea, but a) I’m tired and b) he’ll scream and wake up his brother, and I really don’t need two tired toddlers awake in the middle of the night. So he stays with us. I’m trying to embrace the family bed, but I think we need a bigger mattress.
A few days ago he has also decided that naps are not for him. He’s over it. So, I’ve tried inplementing “quiet time” alone in his room. He’s not going for it. He spends the whole time screaming. Is this really a battle I want to fight? When do kids stop napping anyway? Honestly, I need that down time in the middle of the day if he wants me to keep my marbles.
So, here’s my plan ( I just thought of it while I was writing.) I’m going to go to Target today after work and buy a bunch of cool (cheap) things that he would love to get his little paws on, but I’m going to keep them in a special “quiet time” box. Genius, right? So, he’ll have quiet time instead of nap time and maybe the lack of sleep will make him fall asleep easier at night, thus, shortening my “sitting in a rocker” time, which has actually turned into a nice prayer time. Send me your prayer requests, I pray daily. 🙂
I’m going to try the Supernanny approach to sitting in his room, too. Move closer and closer to the door every night, until eventually I’m out. I really don’t know how that is going to work, because he’s not stupid. He going to know that I’m not in his room. But it’ll be a fun little experiment.
I’m trying to think on the bright side. One day, he’s going to wretch at the thought of me going anywhere near his room. And he’ll probably want to throw himself off a tall building before he shares a bed with his dad and I. And that will be a sad, sad day for me. I’ll think back to now and long for the “closeness” we have. It’s all about perspective, people.