Let me start by saying, I LOVE MY KIDS! I wouldn't trade being a mommy for anything! They are energetic, funny, and sweet kids and God has truly blessed me with them!
Problem #1: Cooper!
- Cooper is an early riser by nature...we know this and deal with his perkiness at 5:30 in the morning. He is also not much of a napper. I am talking MAX 1 1/2 hours during the day. He has been this way since birth! Here's the issue: He wakes up all night long. At least once before midnight and it has been downhill from there. This has been going on and off forever, but the last few MONTHS have been torture. We have pretended to ignore him, done the whole nighttime routine again, and even threatened to lock him in his room for eternity and nothing seems to work! Right now we are working on those ohsolovely 2 year old molars which can be the culprit for some of this madness, but I am not wanting to create a pattern here!! HELP!!
- Like her little brother, Kylie too hates to sleep. She used to sleep just fine! She would take her 2 hour nap during the day and go to bed around 7:30 and sleep until 7ish. NOT ANYMORE. She has recently decided to give up naps. Okay, I can deal with that, she is going to be 4 in a few weeks. But quiet time is a MUST. Unfortunately, on those days she doesn't nap, she is a monster in the afternoon. She needs naps occasionally. Us mommy's know when are kids are just plan sleepy. This is a long and drawn out process of chaos at the mention of nap. Not only does she not nap, but she is giving us a REALLY REALLY hard time at bedtime (saying lay with me, read me a book, rock with me). I have noticed a midnight to VERY early morning pattern of waking with her too. I don't think it is her brother waking her up because she has a fan in her room and it is really difficult to hear anything through it. In the past, Daddy would go in (after 6) and lay down with her, but she refuses now and just wants me. (when i say refuse, I mean screams, yells, hits, and totally looses it). We have tried the whole behavior modification thingy (She earns and looses Kylie dollars). We have also tried the boot camp method and nothing seems to work.
For those of you who don't know me, know that I used to do this for a living. People would bring their kids to me and say, "what do I do?" Now, these situations were different and many times they were looking for a diagnosis of something or medications, but wouldn't you think I had the answers with my own kids??? I am sleepy and pregnant and desperate for some feedback. Ideas anyone...please!!!