Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Bedtime Woes

In spite of this title, I do want to start with this exciting (and somewhat pitiful) announcement:

For the first time since I got pregnant with Judah, I got in my bed last night at 10:30 p.m. and didn't get out of it until 6:00 a.m. I had forgotten how good that felt. I've fantasized about it for almost a year, and it was amazing.

The bedtime woes extend beyond having a newborn, unfortunately. When we went to Georgia for spring break, Eli started climbing out of the pack n' play. The sad part is that he neglected to leave this new trick at Grandma's, and now he is climbing out of his crib. (Yes, my almost three year old is still in a crib, and I am totally happy with that. It has saved my sanity in so many ways. You have no idea.) At midnight, 1:00 a.m., 5:00 a.m., 6:30 a.m., I have been awakened to two big, blinking blue eyeballs and the heavy breathing of a two year old who just trucked it across the house in the dark. This is, of course, in addition to the 4:00 a.m. booby call from Judah. Sigh.

We've been just putting him back in his bed while explaining to him so sweetly (which I have to say is a great accomplishment for me in the middle of the night because that is the worst period of time in my 24 hour day to ask me to demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit) that he absolutely MUST stay in his bed. The frequency of awakenings has decreased every night, thankfully, so imagine my surprise two nights ago when I got up to go to the bathroom at 1:30 and tripped over Eli, sleeping on the floor at the foot of our bed. He knew if he woke us up we would just put him back in his bed, so he decided the next best thing would be to curl up on the carpet and sleep at our feet like a dog. Pitiful.

So, last night was wonderful. Judah slept until 6:00 and Eli stayed in his bed until 6:40. Next goal: teaching both of them to read when the clock says 7:00 a.m.


The Journey said...

:) That made me smile! I hope your sleep is sweet this week!

Mama Cobb said...

Oh I feel you! :) For some reason Miss E has had some bad stages of early rising coming into our room waaay to early. What works best for us- my hubby is the one to take her back. She doesn't come back after that. :) Hope you get some more good sleep!

Hilliard Family said...

We just took Sam out of the crib and it was mostly b/c of this trip knowing he was too tall for the PNP. So I get you on keeping them in the crib as long as possible. Gabby just revealed she used to lay in the hallway outside our room during the night when she was 3-4. Do what you want, just don't wake me up! Praying for more nights of sleep.