September 06, 2005

Sleep deprivation.

Sorry I’ve been away, it was a long weekend. Clone has decided he does not like to sleep anymore. It started Friday night, we would put him to bed and he’d just stand there and scream. He wanted to stay awake. It was Saturday that it started becoming a real problem. After deciding, he had enough of standing in his crib and screaming; he climbed out and walked to the top of the stairs to scream down to us.

We put up a child gate at his door, but that didn’t help. He was like Spiderman climbing right over it. It may have slowed him down by a fraction of a second. Around midnight he finally laid down to go to sleep, only to get up at 5:30 in the morning! Neither my wife nor I was ready to wake up and deal with the day that early. Especially since, it was a holiday weekend. We did the only thing we could, and brought him to bed with us in hopes he would go back to sleep, which he did.

On Sunday, Ktreva replaced the crib with a toddler bed we have. At least that way he won’t break his neck trying to get out of it. She also picked up a new “Harder to climb” child gate. When naptime came, we learned a couple of things. At least with the crib he thought twice about climbing out. Now he just gets up anytime he wants. As for the new gate… “Harder to Climb”, Bullshite! He looked like a gymnast jumping over a pommel horse.

Sunday night was the same thing, even though he didn’t really nap, he wouldn’t go to bed. We knew he was tired, but he did not want to go to sleep. If we laid him down, he would get up and break out of his room. Nothing would make this tired little boy lie down and sleep. In fact, he would turn on the TV to watch it! Again, on Sunday night he went to bed around midnight and was up around 6:00 on Monday morning.

My wife and I were tired, we hadn’t slept much because we kept waking up to make sure he didn’t climb out of bed, over the gate and try to navigate his way downstairs to the living room to play with his toys. When he woke up, again he was brought into our bed to sleep. Clone may have the vast majority of his traits from me; however, he does have one that is uniquely from his mother. He tosses and turns in his sleep like a whirlwind of knees and elbows. After laying there for a couple of hours, I just couldn’t take it anymore. Yes, I was tired, but I just could not sleep with that little Tasmanian devil in the bed.

Naptime comes and again a fight and not sleeping. Monday night bed time and again he is not sleeping! I woke up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, when I came out of our room I could see a flickering light coming from his room. That little snot weasel had gotten up and turned the TV on again. He had attempted to make another break for it around 3:00 AM. Fortunately, my wife thwarted his attempt. We have yet another night of not sleeping.

This morning when the alarm went of at 5:30 AM, I was ready to kill the boy. I’m exhausted, my body does not want to climb out of bed, and I can’t even pretend to be in a decent mood. Of course, Clone is still sleeping… Therefore, we woke him up. Apparently, he was tired and didn’t want to. Go figure, and no we didn’t care. Maybe tonight he’ll sleep.

I don’t know if I can take much more of this.

Posted by Contagion in Family Life at September 6, 2005 12:50 PM | TrackBack

Two words: Jack Daniels.

Posted by: Ogre at September 6, 2005 01:34 PM

one word: benedryl (for Clone)

Then sock yourself up with the hard stuff.

Posted by: caltechgirl at September 6, 2005 02:01 PM

I am ashamed to say that I hang with twisted people because I was going to post both alcohol and benedryl, but I can see someone already beat me to it.

Posted by: Machelle at September 6, 2005 02:28 PM

A small dose of JD for the boy and a larger dose for mom and dad! No, contagion you can't quote me on that. I don't think the licensing board would approve!

Posted by: chemicalnova at September 6, 2005 02:50 PM

I'm not drugging/getting drunk my child.

(Sending transcript of comments to Chemicalnova's review board)

For Shame!

(Pours Jack Daniels out of sippy cup)

Posted by: Contagion at September 6, 2005 03:11 PM

I have been desperate enough to use benedryl but that is only a one shot deal and it will be back the way it was the next night. Persistance. It sucks, but that is the only way. Though pouring yourself some Jack DAniels and falling asleep so you don't hear him might work. ;-) Of course this only works if you can close his door and lock it from the outside. GRIN. Mine don't work that way but I have been dreaming about it. That or dutch doors.

Posted by: VW Bug at September 6, 2005 05:42 PM

Also, a thought came to mind. I put socks on my boys (long difficult to take off socks) and that helped them STOP climbing over the safety gate. Too slippery. That and I put it up as high as possible without letting their head get underneath. Goodluck!

Posted by: VW Bug at September 7, 2005 11:47 AM