Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Posted by Michelle at 3:49 PM
Just when Gizmo starts sleeping better, Peanut has decided to not sleep.
Pardon me while I take a sip of my minimal coffee and yawn.
The baby is sleeping for at least four hours at a time, finishes nursing and is back to sleep within 15 minutes. After nursing every two hours with each session lasting an hour, this seems like heaven.
However, Peanut is not sleeping so well. She is getting up anywhere between 4 and 6 a.m. and crawling into bed with us. Sometimes she falls back asleep. But most of then time she stays awake, kicking us, playing with my hair and switching her six pacifiers in and out of her mouth (just imagine the sound of a pacifier being sucked out of a little mouth and another one being shoved in every two minutes and you'll understand why my eye is twitching.)
We try putting her back to bed after awhile but that requires one of us staying with her unless we risk a 5 a.m. fit, which is sure to be loud enough to wake the neighbors not to mention the baby.
This from a child who had to be pulled from her bed sometimes as late as 9 a.m. three months ago.
The sleeplessness isn't just a morning a problem. When she lacks hours of necessary sleep, Peanut is prone to fits of epic proportions for which I have no patience mainly because of my own lack of shut eye. Right now she's crying because we don't have anything to make chocolate chip cookies. Earlier she wailed because she fell over, barely bumping her knee.
The husband and I talked last night and wondered if we should start putting her to bed earlier to make up for the lost sleep. This would require pushing up nap time since she doesn't wake up from her nap some days until 5 p.m.
And this last part isn't always possible because of various schedules.
He also suggested a child proof door knob so that she can't get out of her room. I fear that will trigger a screaming fit plus the paranoid side of me worries about an emergency in which she needs to get out of her room but can't.
I am also looking at those kid clocks that change colors or glow when it it is time to wake up. Anyone have any luck with these?
Who knew getting a kid to sleep would require as much planning as a special operations mission.