Sunday, April 29, 2007

The down side of massive developmental leaps...

Bryn has been experiencing a massive developmental leap in the past few weeks and it's been wonderful hearing all the new language and seeing all the connections being made; today he used the possessive noun "his" in reference to one of Erik's toys (he pointed the toy out, I asked who's it was, he pointed to a picture of Erik and said, "his", LOL!)...

Unfortunately, we're also experiencing a change in his sleeping habits that I'm putting down to this developmental leap. He is taking a day nap, I usually organise this for around 11.30am, though some days it can be somewhat later. He goes down readily with just a 15-20 "bed-meh"... He'll sleep for an hour, or up to two hours... Then he would "usually" go back to bed at about 7.30-8pm... At first he started refusing to go to sleep for Dave, no matter, I tried just feeding him to sleep again. Then he wouldn't feed to sleep unless we were in the bedroom in complete darkness with the door shut... Ok, so we did that. Now he won't do that either... He'll drift and drift, but fidget and do whatever to keep away. After 40 minutes to an hour, I'll give up and get up... And he'll stay up till I go to bed for the night, be that 12am or 2am... In the mean time, he is on and off the boob every 1/2 hour (for 10-20 minutes feeds at a time)...

I suppose I could just go to bed earlier myself. The thing is, I really do need that time in the evening where I can just sit and watch tv, or knit, or write...

Tonight much crying ensued when, basically, he drank me dry and there was nothing there, and I said no more meh for a bit... He was well overtired, and I was well cranky... Finally got him off 45 minutes ago, only to have him wake 20 minutes later and now he'll only sleep on Dave's shoulder (Dave just tried putting him down and he protested)...

I don't like to complain about my kids and their sleep disturbances, because basically I know it's par for the course, and my expectations have little do to with the reality of my kids waking or not sleeping the way I'd like them to, but tonight I just needed to type this out...

I'm loving the development, I'm not loving the fighting to stay awake... I know, this too shall pass...

2 comments:

casso said...

Oh YES! *sigh* Last night Harry went to sleep at about 7pm. I went to bed at 12am. She woke at about 1am and then fussed on and off until I bit the bullet and finally got her up at about 2am. She then stayed up until 3.30am, went back to sleep but fussed on and off all night until we woke up at 8am. It's now 1pm and she will not go for a sleep!!! aarrrggghhhh... I am SO tired! Not even going to playgroup this morning has tired her out. How can she survive on so little sleep?

She's actually being pretty cool on the whole even without any sleep but jeepers I'm not! :o) It must be the age. At least I know I can email you at 3am! ;o)

Cheers, Cass

Sif said...

Last night it was 11.30pm, and then a restless night with me feeding mostly "on" from 4am to about 7am, when I got up...

No nap so far, which means he'll probably fall asleep in the stroller on the bus on the way back from picking the boys up from school... That 40 minute snooze shoul hold him over until about midnight, LOL... What can you do, really? Nothing much... It WILL pass, because even if they never grow out of it, by about age 7 they can entertain themselves relatively quietly while you sleep, hahahaha!

Teenagers and the failing parent...