Monday, October 23, 2006

Sleepy and Grumpy

So, it's time for Duncan to sleep. Through the night. In his own bed. Our current routine is:

  • 6:00 - dinner
  • 6:30ish - bath and frolicking (sp?) involving running around naked (Duncan, not mommy and daddy) and doing anything possible to avoid being diapered and jammied.
  • 7:00 - diaper, jammies, bottle of warm milk, books...same ones over and over and over...
  • 7:30 - rock to sleep and put to bed
  • Anybody's guess but usually around 10 pm - wake up and cry for not stop until she comes in. If she's tired enough, coax her into twin bed with me at this point and we are good until moring. If she's still got some gas in her tank, allow her to put me back to sleep but only for a little while, then cry and wake up. By this point she is way to tired and will just get in the twin bed in my room with me...ahhh...good night.

This must stop. So, tonight I put him down drowsy, but awake. He cried for five minutes and then was silent for an hour. Then, crying for about two minutes and then silence. It's been another hour. Do I dare hope this is working? I am prepared to try the method I read about in Happiest Toddler On The Block (hereafter HTOTB), which involves going in his room to let him know I am "still on the planet" but not picking him up, rubbing his back etc...I can just go in, say "I love you, go to sleep" and leave. I can do this every 15-20 minutes. All night if necessary, but I know with Duncan it wouldn't be. Only maybe an hour. An hour of angony.

But, so far, it's not been too bad.

It's been a year and a half since I slept in my own bed all night long.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:00 AM

    Hi me again. :) I've seen you with Duncan. This plan isn't going to work, he's too cute and has you wrapped around his little finger. I suspect you'll be sharing that twin bed with him until it starts to creep him out that he sleeps with his mother -- third year of college maybe? :)

    Okay just teasing.

    Good luck. You can do this. You've read the books. You've been lectured by others. You have the knowledge. You're bigger than he is. You have wine - lots of wine!