Friday, October 21, 2011

How sleep does NOT happen in our house

Cool truck sheets should be sleep inducing right?

We moved Israel into his twin bed and got rid of his crib.

We noticed a crack in the crib recently. It was hand me down that we got when I was pregnant with Keira. It has been used the last 4 years successfully. But, it was ready to be thrown out.

The first few days/nights went fabulously. But of course Israel has realized he has alot of freedom to get in and out of bed as he pleases and thus has boycotted his naps. I set up the pack and play and he has napped in there a few times but mostly just stands up in the pack and play and says " I dont want to nap about a millon times."

We gated his room but he can open the door and then just stands at the gate and whines. He has been sleeping through the night since he was about 12 months old unless he is teething but now he wakes up in the middle of the night and at 5 AM. For your entertainment purposes this is how bedtime/nighttime goes in our house:

6:30-ish - nurse Nairi to sleep and put her in her crib

7pm - Keira and Israel go to bed

7:30 - Mike had forgotten to close the gate in Israel's room. We find him sitting at the bottom of the stairs declaring "I not tired." Mike puts him back to bed.

8 pm Nairi wakes up and starts crying. Mike gets her and I nurse her again while we watch some TV

9 pm Nairi is still nursing, hanging out with us.

9:30 I put Nairi back in her crib and we watch TV till 10.

10:15 lights out. Good night world

11 pm Just as I am getting into deep sleep Nairi wakes up. I drag my exhausted self into her room, sit in the rocker and nurse her again for another 15 min

11:30 Im asleep again

1:30 Israel wakes up, opens his door, stands at the gate doing the "mommy?? Mommy?? Daddy??? Mike gets up with Israel and goes and snuggles with him in his bed. Israel starts to fall asleep. If you have never slept with a toddler consider yourself lucky. They are the worst wigglers in their sleep. Mike decides that it is just easier to spend the rest of the night in Israel's bed. But as soon as he thinks that Israel rolles over onto his face.

2am Mike comes back to our bed.

2:30 am Nairi wakes up. I do the get up, retrieve baby, sit in rocker, nurse baby, put baby back in crib, drag myself back to bed deal.

4:30 Nairi wakes up YET again- get up nurse her AGAIN.

5:30 am Israel wakes up, stands at the gate and whines.... Mikes gets up and goes into his room and spends the rest of the early morning in his bed.

5:45 Nairi wakes up. I go in to get her and think I'll just grab her and bring her into our bed and hopefully if I nurse her she will go back to sleep as I can't even get my eye lids open. Upon picking her up I realize she has peed through her PJ's (Maybe because she eats every 2 hours all-nignt long???). I have to change her diaper and clothes and after that she is awake of course and its 6 am. Too late to go back to sleep.

Another restful night of sleep in cozy Vigneau Chateau. In the past few weeks Keira has pretty much given up on naps too so suddenly no one is napping except the baby but she mostly takes 20 -60 min catnaps and Nairi and Israel have decided to shatter any sleep stretch longer than 2 hours. To say we are all a bit tired around here is a major understandment. I know we went through a few rough weeks of sleep depravation when we moved Keira to her twin bed but Israel always causes more touble than Keira in everything so I except the transition to be a bit rockier. I also have no clue what Nairi's deal is. Even Israel who was the worst infant sleeper in the family was sleeping long stretches by 7ish months. Nairi is teething but I dont think that is her problem. She just MUST wake up EVERY 2 hours at least. Now you can understand the coffee habit.

While I write this, Nairi started crying after "going to bed" for 2 hours.


Director of Student Life - Austrian Program said...

We are in the teething stage with Narek now so a two hour stretch of night sleep sounds like a blessing!
Keep up the good work with your kids--life is like a circus it sounds like but know that you are not alone!

KeithKathyHolley said...

This too shall pass. I am on the other end of all of it now and I do miss the neediness of a baby, the messy art projects of toddlers and the sweet sayings of a 4 year old attempting to express love and appreciation. For now, I KNOW its tough, but ultimately satisfying knowing you are making memories and raising competent and amazing children.

Best Wishes~~ Kathy Holley