Sunday, August 19, 2012

Where is the love bed time?

 This is what bed/nap time used to look like

Ah peaceful isn’t it.

I hate bedtime lately, I usually have a love/hate relationship with bed time it isn't very fun BUT eventually the children go to SLEEP. But not lately.

Bet time is taking 4 or more hours every night for two kids!

Around 8 we start The little green monster's bedtime routine, he brushes his teeth to our little dance party (where I make up a 2 minute song and dance)

we get him undressed because he hates pj's and sleeps only in his undies , we read him a story . We say sweet good nights, we leave the light on so he isn't scared.

8:30 At this point I’m thinking “SWEET tonight this is going to work!”

8:32 monster is out of his room he's “hungry” this is a god possibility because he didn't eat his dinner, he never eats his dinner.

First threat “If your not chewing you have to go back to your room."

9:00 2nd bed
 time- more hugs and kisses.
9:02  little Monster, out of bed again. We have been advised to make punishments bed related so we start to take away bed time related things, if he stays in his room then he can earn them back 5 minutes at a time. This time we take away his stuffed animal

9:04 – bye bye blanket
9:05 – The little princess who has been crying for about a half an hour finally falls asleep.
9:08- He made it 4 minutes! And then came out again now he thinks this is fun.
9:15- ah blanket got back
9:16- bye bye blanket
9:18- bye bye pillow
9:19- bye bye sheets

Now I'm thinking uh-oh this isn't going well, what else do I take away?

9:22- bye bye Mattress
9:25 – bye- bye umm... board under his mattress
9:28- bye-bye crud what do I take away now? He's been lying on the floor. So I turn off the light he turns it on I tell him to leave it off, her turns it on. So I debate do I tape it off? Nah, I take his light bulb.

9:30 – now I have been taken away and the door has been shut Papa gears is sitting right outside the door standing guard.
9:40 – doing better a few tears were shed but he has earned something back.  Papa walks away from the door
9:45 – he has to pee. So we let him, he spends way too long in there and makes a mess, so he has to clean it up he cries. This wakes up princess because her room is next to the bathroom.
GREAT now BOTH kids are awake.

10:00- 11:00 an hour of earning his things back 5 and ten minutes at a time we have to set a timer and we often get small bouts of crying  but things are looking up well unless you ignore the fact that it has been THREE HOURS of bed time but finally The little green Monster is ASLEEP.

But remember he woke up the little princess, who after sleeping for about 45 minutes thinks it’s PLAYTIME!
So for the next hour or so we try feeding her, both nursing and solids. I will do anything to make her fall asleep and stay asleep.
We try just putting her down but she cries and cries until both mommy and daddy can’t take it anymore 7-15 minutes.
We try holding her  with all the lights off, sometimes this works but not on this night.
So  papa or I walks around holding her, sweet she rubs her eyes this means she is finally tired. 
 I feed her again barely breathing and she finally falls asleep and we carefully put her in her bed hoping that doesn’t wake her up… and we look down it is 11:56 

Just shy of four hours for bed time, just 6-7 hours until we have to get up. 

(^ not sleeping on vacation)

I hate you bed time.  Where is the love?

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