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Sleeping Like a Baby

Posted by Kristen on August 13, 2009 at 6:13 AM in Babies
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masonsleep.jpgWe are having a bit of a sleep dilemma over here. It is 10:00 p.m. right now and I can hear the patter of little feet in the room above me. There was an incident involving a late afternoon nap that I normally would have not allowed, but I was tired myself. My friend asked if I was sure I wanted to let Nathan take a nap. I knew I shouldn't do it but I just couldn't take the talking or whining or shouting any more. I let him go to sleep.

Then I fell asleep. I must have been tired because I woke up two hours later. Three out of four of us slept for the whole two hours. Mason? His brothers had awakened him all morning and he couldn't find a decent enough piece of grass to sleep on when we were outside this afternoon. As a result, he fell asleep and he did it right.

With school starting soon, I know I should be getting into the right sleep routine with naps and bed times. I just can't do it this week. How are your pre-school schedules going?


Heather Solos writes...

We're having a little bit of trouble with our 3yo wanting to skip naps because the 5yo has outgrown his. Our compromise has been to ask the older boy to rest until the 3yo falls asleep. This gives me a break, albeit a short one, helps the 5yo chill out for a bit, and encourages the 3yo to nap. The 1yo still desperately needs her nap, so there isn't much argument from her.
We've always had a fairly regimented bedtime routine. My husband works long, rotating shifts and I need the evening downtime whether he's here or not. Allowing the bedtime routine to slide creates a downward spiral in our home. Good luck with getting your bedtimes on track.

The Other Laura writes...

Our schedule was all over the place this summer. We are now in the midst of a two week back to school boot camp. This week we've focused on getting bedtime back to 8pm and waking up at 6:30. Next week we will "rehearse" breakfast, getting dressed, and race to see who can be ready first by the time we will have to walk out the door once school starts on the 24th.

My son is eight and he thrives on routine. This helps us get him into the groove before the first day of school!

Manic Mommy writes...

Can the other Laura come to my house and whip us into shape?

Bedtimes are okay, wake ups are okay (except for mom) but the whole getting-dressed-and-out-of-the-house-in-a-timely-fashion thing NEEDS WORK.

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