Wednesday, January 25, 2012

{kids + sharing a room = sleepless nights}


If you must know one thing about me, you must know how much I value sleep.

I mean without sleep you get fat, you are irritable, you're cranky, you drink way too much coffee, and eat and eat to get more energy to make it through the day--I can go on and on.

Well, when I would have never believed that having a nine year old emotional boy and a stubborn 7 month old little princess would have such issues sleeping in the same room, but they do!

We have had problems ever since she started sleeping in the room 3 months ago. You see, Einstein is still getting used to having a sister and sharing a room. For the most part he is ok with it, but there are those weak moments when he just can't handle it. And the nights...well don't get me started on those. But let's just say sometimes there are fights and sometimes there are tears. But somehow in the end, both end up asleep. Me on the other hand, well, let's just say the jury is still out on that. (I will let you know when they come back with a verdict--a post for antoher time).

Anyways, last week, I decided that it was time to drop my little princess' midnight feeding. And it just so happened that the night I was going to start weaning her, the husband and I went out for a little date night. We got back so late, that I decided to not wake her up and feed her--just see how she would do. Well, she did pretty good. She didn't wake up till 7am the next morning. I counted it a success! The next morning did not fare so well. She ended up waking up at 5am. 

So, I decided to do some reading. I found out that it is better to wean your baby, rather than go cold turkey, like moi. When you wean you're baby you are teaching them that they don't need to eat in the middle of the night and it teaches their bodies to compensate by eating more during the day.

Last night I decided to wean my little princess the proper way. Unfortunately, she beat me to the punch. She woke up earlier than planned and then decided that she didn't want to go back to bed. I was in bind. I didn't know what to do...Do I rock her back to sleep (another thing I will have to break her from later) or do I wake up Einstein, move him to my room and just lay her down and see what happens. I choose the later and success! Einstein wasn't too happy when I woke him, but fell back asleep pretty fast. My little Princess talked to herself for a good half hour and then eventually fell back asleep. Me, well, I stayed up and worked for a bit and then went to bed a little too late only to be woken up by my little Princess at 7am.

Success not quite; but we're getting closer. For now, as my husband says, we're just taking it one day at a time. 


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