Aren't kids so angelic when they sleep?
Maybe the sight of a sleeping child is so special to me because sleep has never come easy for my kids. They aren't sleepers. Never have been, and I assume, never will be...until they are teenagers of course. Although, I was always a light sleeper and I rarely needed more than a few hours of sleep a night. In college they use to call me the "Jenerator" because I just kept going and going. I wish I had that same energy now. Sigh...
So around 10 months, when Addie finally started sleeping the night, I thought I was home free. That was the hard part. Infancy. Now that she was a toddler and sleeping the night EVERY night, I wouldn't have to worry about her anymore.
So when Blake started sleeping the night a month or so ago, I thought I was finally out of the woods. I would be able to crawl into bed for the night and not get out until the first cry in the morning. I know illness, teeth, and the occasional sugar/party high would result in wake-ups, but on average I expected my kids to be over the difficult sleep age. Well...not so much.
Addison is starting to resist napping and bedtime. For the past month, she has only been taking 3-4 naps a week and just this past week...she only napped 2 times. I suppose this would be okay IF she was getting a good nights sleep. But she isn't. Because she goes to bed SO tired from not having a nap, she is restless and wakes up 2-4 times a night. Sometimes its to go to the bathroom, sometimes its because she is scared of a shadow, sometimes its because of a boo-boo and sometimes its just to cry. The obvious solution seems to be to just let her cry it out. But she is relentless. And the one time I let her cry it out, she really did have to go to the bathroom and she wet the bed. I still feel guilty about that. And the worst part is that she knows how to get down from her bed and go to the bathroom herself. I even bought nightlights for the hallway and bathroom and she still won't go alone at night.
So this raises a few questions for all you mommies, daddies, grammies, grampies, aunties, nannies, etc. out there. Does your 2, almost-3-year-old still take consistent naps? If so, are they on a specific schedule? If not, when did they stop napping and how do you work bedtime? And while we are on the subject of bedtime, do any of your kiddies still wake up in the middle of the night? How do you handle those night wakings? I suppose at this point I am looking for any advice that might help us all get a good nights sleep around here. Tired crabiness is the worst and if there is something I can do to help my peanut sleep better...I really want to give it a try.
Thanks in advance for your help friends! Have a great weekend!!