Tag Archive | sleep

Lying here

I’m lying here,
In the hotel bed.
Squished Snuggled between two of my children.
I’m so incredibly tired,
I should be sleeping.
Instead, I relish in the quiet.
The only sounds are the fan,
And the quiet breathing of my littles.
I should be sleeping,
But the quiet is so enjoyable.

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Monsters in the bed

How do you handle night-time monsters?

Munchkin apparently has 2 green ones that like to lurk under the covers and scare him out of sleep in the middle of the night.

Connor's Monsters

I have tried pulling the covers back one by one and showing him there are no monsters there. I gave him a flashlight and told him the monsters don’t like the light. Still he wakes up though and if I am still awake he will join me in the living room and then it takes a while to get him back to sleep. If I am in bed, he will climb into bed with us, this isn’t so bad because he goes right back to sleep.

My Mother-in-law suggested making some Monster Spray with lavender essential oil. I think I will give that a try.

Missing : Sleep loving child

This week has been seriously rough.

Peanut, who previously has loved sleep, is now fighting it horribly. . .

He is having a very hard time settling down to sleep at night. He breastfeeds and then cries and thrashes around and then breastfeeds some more and then cries and thrashes, and, well, you get the picture. This can go on for 10 minutes or it can go on for an hour.

I guess it just depends on how crazy his day was.

Being a toddler is hard work. I understand this. I do. Really.

Toddlers are working on finding words to communicate. They have hundreds of things to climb on. Lots of running to do. Millions of bugs to discover. Cars, dinosaurs, stuffed animals and blocks galore. Pages, tables, and walls to color. Chickens , cats, dogs, and goats to chase. Leaves, flowers, and dirt to taste. Food to toss everywhere, but your mouth. After all, they already filled up on flora and dirt 😉 A big brother to follow around and imitate. Then survive attacks by said big brother. And of course make sure the adults think you are too cute to get mad at.

See? Very busy. It can be hard to wind down from all that.

So, anyway. Once he finally gets to sleep, he will sleep for 3 – 4 hours. Then the fun really begins.

Near the end of this 3 or 4 hour stretch is usually when I want to crawl in bed and go to sleep. In “normal” land, I would crawl in give him the boob and we would both pass out until morning (give or take a boob session or two). Alas, we are not in “normal” land anymore. We are now in “Let’s deprive Mama of all sleep” land. Way more fun here. . . .

In this new land, we wake up at midnight and thrash around, and whine, and play with the stuffed animals, and pop on and off of my breast a million times. This goes on for hours. We end up only getting a few hours of broken sleep. Not enough to be super productive during the day. I only end up being somewhat productive. I got diapers washed today. Yay! Go me! Oh, and I got instructions on how to use the ride on mower.

I hope my sleep loving toddler returns to me soon. I am not sure how many more nights of not sleeping I can take before I crack. So if you happen to see him, can you please send him back home?

How is sleep going in your land?

I miss this ❤

Where’s the lellow?

I slept horribly last night.

It took me forever to fall asleep. My mind just would not be quiet. I kept asking it to, but it wouldn’t listen.

I finally fell asleep sometime after 2am.

Peanut nursed and I think I woke up every time he latched on. My nipples have been killing me. Nursing has been torture.

At 4:30am, Munchkin woke up. He went pee and then sat there on the toilet yelling for help. I got up to see what the problem was. He couldn’t reach the toilet paper. He had also had an accident in his bed. It was only a small one though, so I pulled a crappy parent and put a towel over it. . . Yep. I did.

As this was happening, Peanut woke up too. I got them both back in bed, sang Twinkle Star and ABC’s. Peanut tortured me some more with nursing. We all fell back to sleep.

For like 10 minutes.

Munchkin woke back up at 5:15am. He was standing in the bathroom doorway. So, I asked him what he was doing.

“Where did it go?”

“Where did what go?”

“Lellow”

“Yellow?”

“Yeah. Where did lellow go? It went in the bathroom.”

“What is yellow”

“It’s in the bathroom. It’s hiding.”

“Oh. I’m confused. Were you dreaming?”

“Yeah. Lellow is in the bathroom. Here it is”, He points to where the litter box is.

It went on like this for a few more minutes and once more Peanut got in on the action.

Got everyone back to bed. Took some coaxing though. Munchkin kept insisting it was time to get up and that he was really hungry. Sang more songs, tortured by nursing again, went back to sleep.

I am still confused about “Lellow”. Apparently he/she/it went into the bathroom and then, lellow turned green. *shrug*

Crazy kid ;p

 

 

Thoughts about sleep

It is amazing to me how differently the boys approach bedtime. They are complete opposites. Munchkin fights it and Peanut embraces it. I wonder if how we first approached sleep with them has some bearing. Munchkin was born in the hospital. He was taken to the nursery for those first few nights and brought in to me when he was hungry. When we got home, we swaddled him and put him in the bassinet right next to the bed. Eventually he ended up sleeping with us, but not before we tried getting him to sleep in his crib. Peanut was born at home and basically hasn’t left my side since. He has always had the security of me right there.

I know I have posted before about Munchkin’s trouble with sleep. He has fought it with every inch of his being since the day we brought him home. It didn’t/doesn’t matter what routines we employ. I guess he is afraid he will miss something important. It is getting easier (a very tiny bit at a time) as he is getting older though.

I guess I am the same way. I put off going to bed. I always have just one more thing I want to do. I remember staying up all night long during the summers. I would watch Nick at Night. I loved all those shows, Mister Ed, Patty Duke, Green Acres, etc. When we got a decent computer and an internet account(oh, dial-up days, how I don’t miss you), I would stay up and play around online. I frequented chat groups and copied anime images in my sketch pad. I also used to stay up all night baking. I tried all sorts of recipes. Cakes, cookies, meringues. . . My mom didn’t complain too much about that one 🙂

I still stay up late. I use the time to watch my TV programs that recorded earlier in the evening. It is impossible to watch them while the boys are awake. I get prep work done for the next day’s cooking when I can. I do some cleaning or laundry. I Facebook or blog(when my brain is functioning enough to get coherent thoughts across). I try to get in some time to just decompress from the day. Sometimes I even get to spend some quiet time with Hubby. Although the past few weeks he has been going to bed early. He has been getting up at *gasp* the same time as the boys and I in the morning because he has to address the puppy’s bathroom needs.

Oh yeah, did I mention we took in another dog?

Puppy.

He was only about 10 weeks old and 5lbs and sitting on the side of the road ALL day. So yeah, I took him home, but with the intentions of finding him a more permanent residence elsewhere. That backfired. It was love at first sight for Hubby. He is now 4 weeks older and 6lbs heavier (Puppy, not Hubby). He still has no name though. We just keep calling him Puppy. We did however manage to find Lucy the Beagle a home. I  hear she is doing well. I am waiting for pictures 🙂

Sorry for the tangent. Back to our regularly scheduled programming. . .

Peanut, on the other hand, loves sleep. He welcomes it with open arms. He doesn’t fight me when I pick him up to go into the bedroom. He knows that is where we are heading and starts blowing kisses to say goodnight. His sleeping habits have been a little off as of late, due to milestones and teething, but nothing like we used to deal with with Munchkin. Peanut needs time to unwind at night, but he wants to do it in the bed. I am so fine with this. It is really funny and super cute. He flops down and nurses, then jumps up and crawls around the bed giggling and making silly screeching noises. He stands up and flops himself down. If Hubby is in the bed because he is trying to get Munchkin sleeping, Peanut crawls over to him and plays games with him. Hubby tries to resist, but Peanut lays the charm and cuteness on thick and there is no resisting him. After about 20 minutes Peanut will finally lie down and nurse and fall asleep relatively quickly.

Usually we try to avoid putting the boys to bed at the same time, but sometimes it just happens that way. Tonight was one of those nights. Peanut was starting to show signs that he wanted to go to bed, so I got a diaper and pajamas ready. When I went to get him he was following Munchkin down the hall to the playroom. They started playing really well together so I let them keep at it. Munchkin started “reading” stories to Peanut. So incredibly sweet. I think they hung out together for close to half an hour. The playroom is destroyed, but they had fun and that is what matters.

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The boys reading together amidst a pile of toys

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It’s Thursday

So glad it’s Thursday! Grey’s Anatomy is on tonight. Yay! Love that show.

Last night was a much better night for the boys. Munchkin slept until 9 this morning. Peanut was up a little before 8. Insomnia dug it’s claws into me though. I will definitely be napping with Peanut today.

Awake, still. . .

I  was going to go to bed at a reasonable time tonight. I really was. I had plans of crawling into bed at 1:30. A whole hour and a half earlier than I have been these last few weeks. It seems that Peanut honed in on this though and deemed it unacceptable. I have been trying for almost 2 hours to get him back to sleep, but as you can see, I was unsuccessful.

He went to sleep great tonight at about 9. I was able to watch my shows that I DVR’d tonight. In case you are interested, they were Glee ( I am a total Gleek), New Girl (Love Zooey Deschanel) and Parenthood (great show). I was able to eat a brownie and piece of pie-I know, go ahead, I’m a cow. . . Oh yeah and I was feeling like I didn’t have enough vegetables today, so I ate an entire bag of peas. I  never said I was normal.

Then I was going to sit down to have a cup of tea and watch a couple of episodes of an anime I am watching. I know. I am total geek, but I have loved anime since I was 15 and discovered Sailor Moon. That’s 15 years of anime watching.

Anyway, I went to peak at the boys before I sat down again because I heard Munchkin crash into the wall a few times. He is a pretty restless sleeper, so this is not uncommon. I got him settled and turned to check on Peanut.

Peanut has just entered the sleep crawling phase. . . When I turned around to look at him, he was crawling himself up the pillows.

*sigh*

I got him back in his spot and laid down next to him to nurse him back to sleep. I then proceeded to stay in bed with him for almost 2 hours. I finally gave up and just brought him out to the living room with me. We’ll try again in a bit.

Munchkin just crawled out of the bedroom. . . He woke up while I was in there because his water had leaked all over the bed. I got rid of the wet top sheet, laid a towel down and covered him back up. Apparently going back to sleep was not in the cards for him either. He crawled out of the room because that is his way of avoiding detection by Hubby. It is quite humorous. He gets on his belly and army crawls across the floor and slowly opens the door just enough to sneak out. Silly child.

Maybe in an hour we will all be able to go back to bed. Meanwhile we will watch some Gullah Gullah  Island on Nick Jr and I will drink my now cold tea.

Ah, the joys of motherhood. 🙂

On a silly note, while I was lying in bed with Peanut, Munchkin was talking in his sleep a little. All of sudden I hear “snake, sssss” lol. We were doing animal sounds before bed tonight.

Today he was using his signs a lot too. Even though he is talking well, I still encourage him to use them. It is good to have a second language and sign language counts. It will also help with communicating with Peanut while he finds his words. Just a few minutes ago, Munchkin was playing with his fishing puzzle and whipped out the sign for “help“. He hasn’t used that one in a while.