Stalked by the Stork...a diary of raising twelve kids

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Mr. Sandman???

Sleep is becomming a commodity around here that is in incresingly short supply. And those of you who know me well, know that this can not be a good thing.
Kambree is the first culprit. She had been doing so well. I had prided myself on the fact that she, breastfed and all, was going to bed routinely around 8:30 or 9:00 at night and slept through until around 5:00 or 6:00 when she would wake up for a quick nursing session and then go right back to sleep for three more hours. NOT ANYMORE. Over the last week she has started waking up often, sometimes every two or three hours to nurse! What the heck is going on? I may try a bit of cereal tonight before bed and we'll see. Typically the addition of cereal has never made any impact on my kids sleep patterns, but as Kambree has pointed out at each and every stage of development (including pregnancy and birth) that each child is wonderfully different. So we'll give the cereal a go and then see what happens. Otherwise, I'm afraid Bree will soon start learning the art of crying it out...
The twins are the next on the list. I am at a serious loss for what to do about naps. Isaiah doesn't need the same amount of sleep as the girls. Up till now, that's worked out fine becuase he sleeps in a seperate room. So, if/when he wakes up earlier, he just comes downstairs and joins us. No big deal. But now it seems that he needs almost NO NAP AT ALL and Alexandria needs not much nap. Oh, this is unacceptable! I can't keep Alex's nap in her own room anymore because she then wakes up Sydney (who still needs every second of her nap, or watch out world). So, I've been experimenting with laying her down in Isaiah's room in the opposite twin bed. This is also a disaster. The twins won't sleep at all becasue they can't stop playing! They open and slam dresser drawers, take out toys, jump on the bed. I have to go up 54 times to lay them back down. I've moved nap time back an hour, and let them out earlier, but I'm running out of options. Perhaps I'll just have to cancell Isaiah's nap altogether and maybe implement "rest time" for him on the couch for an hour or so and lay Alex in his bed....ohhhh this hurts my head.
But as for miss Kambree, she is out of luck. Some Mom's don't tolerate whiners. Some don't tolerate bratty kids. I don't tolerate babies that won't sleep. And I beleive that when it comes to babies her age, I will be the archetect of my own sleepsless nights if I make her behavior a pattern now. I'll wind up with a one year old who still wakes up expecting me to get her.
I don't function well on broken or too little sleep. And at almost 5 months, she isn't a newborn anymore...she doesn't need to nurse every 3 hours...oh praying that cereal helps...
And those twins...goodbye quiet afternoons! It was nice while it lasted!


BoufMom9 said...

Oh Ang! Boy, I remember what you are going through (back when D,S, & G were toddlers and A & T were babies) It was awful. Teddy 7 gabi were my non-sleepers and Steph was the one that terrorized everyone if she hadn't slept. UGH!
I wish i had some advice, other than crib tents, Benedry (kidding, or am I? LOL) and ear plugs.
Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Used to be when the two grand kids came in the morning they'd both go to sleep for a while...not any more! So I feel your pain.
Sorry you're having so many sleeping kid problems! When kids don't want to sleep they just don't want to sleep and there's not all that much you can do about it. Hope you can work something out!

16 blessings'mom said...

Aah, sleep, and bedroom trials, too. I know darn well if I get Camille out of my room, she will sleep better. I simply won't go in there and nurse her every time she whines, and she will learn pretty soon to sleep. I have done that with all the others, and it has worked. But: to put her in her own room entails moving an almost three year old, who sleeps like a dream, into the room with 4 other rambuntious kids. I feel like it would be shooting myself in the foot! A lose-lose situation! So, last night I was up at least 5 times with a seventeen month old! No fair! Anyways, you are not alone....sleep is delicious, and I totally crave it.

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Alisha said...

Oh poop Ange, I hope you get some sleep soon! UGH!

Jane said...

Oh Lord, this is my nightmare. And I will only have 3!!!

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