Sleep! I Command You to Sleep!

We Gotta Get Out of This Place!

I think I might have written a few weeks ago how Bella had learned how to climb out of her crib, so we’d decided for safety’s sake we’d take down the one side and put up a fold-down crib wall to keep her from falling out of bed. This contraption still let her get out of bed if she wanted, but safely. It’s basically been downhill since then and we hit bottom this morning.

At first she just started getting up earlier. First 6am and then 5am. Then she started waking up in the middle of the night (around 2am) and WOULD NOT go back to sleep unless I stayed in the room with her. I have a recliner and foot rest in there and they’re not totally uncomfortable, but my main symptom of my Chronic Lyme Disease is horrible neck and should pain. Sleeping in a recliner for several hours every night does not help that situation.

Then, she decided she was going to fight going to bed at all unless someone was in the room with her. So, I was stuck in that chair for an hour around 8pm and then usually another hour or two or three around 2 or 3 am (because if she heard me move, she’d start crying).

Last night she simply refused to go to bed. We started the process around 7:45pm and Rod didn’t get her into bed until after she’d passed out on him around 10pm (he thinks Joe Biden’s speech was the kicker).

Then 4am rolls around and in comes Bella into our room. R didn’t have to work today so it was supposed to be the first night of sleep re-training. But in his sleep-fog, he just scooped her up and put her in bed with us. Which was great for the first 30-45 minutes until she started using us as jungle gym equipment.

By 5:15am, I had enough and grabbed one of the door locks and put it on the inside of her bedroom door and then put her in her room. She screamed for 10 minutes and finally R got up. I asked what he was going to do and he said take her to the living room since he couldn’t sleep anyway. I said, that’s not the point, she’s supposed to be learning that she needs to sleep all night and stay in her room.

Well, he got her, brought her to the recliner in the living room and I laid in bed fuming for about 15 minutes. Then I went into her room, closed the door and started re-assembling the crib as it had been. At 5:30 in the effing morning.

Fast forward to this evening. Bella gets her bath, she gets dressed for bed, her hair combed and gives us our kisses goodnight. R puts her in her crib and we leave the room. She IMMEDIATELY starts screaming. This continues for 5 minutes until she once again escapes the confines of her crib and comes out into the living room. R puts her in his lap and she snuggled up and zoned out. Eventually she falls asleep hard enough that I’m able to transfer her to her crib.

We used to do this months ago (her falling asleep on him), but she’d outgrown that. Is she reverting? Is she going to wake up at 2am again and flip out? I just don’t know. And I don’t know what to do with a child who is very mobile, very clingy and apparently is part-vampire cause she never effing sleeps.


About snarkysillysad
A former marketing professional with 15 years of experience in the technology industry. Through her blog she has shared her journey through pregnancy and motherhood as well as her struggle with migraines, depression, and chronic pain

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