I have found myself gravitating away from these types of posts because inevitably, I'll receive at least one comment offering unsolicited parenting advice, which is so easy to give when the situation isn't yours. I believe that all kids are great at some things and not so great at other things. For my kids, sleep is their downfall. Well, really, allowing me to sleep; they get what they need. And I may be partly to blame. If you're on any type of parenting forum, you'll see the subject of "sleep training" over and over again. I'm kind of tired of all the labels at this point. It is what it is.
Rich and I attended a work related dinner (for Rich) last night. We arrived home shortly after 10:00. As we were saying good-bye to Rich's niece, who watched the girls for us, Anna appeared at the top of the stairs, looking for me to sleep with her. I tucked her back into bed, explaining that it wasn't time for me to go to sleep yet. Rich and I then decided to watch TV for a few minutes to unwind before heading up to bed. Anna came downstairs a few minutes later, looking for me again. Rich brought her back upstairs while I shut down my computer, etc. for the night. By this point, it's 10:30 and Rich tells me that Anna is saying she needs to be cathed.
As I walked into Anna's room to cath her, I felt any energy I had left quickly drain from my body. It's almost as if I could hear the WOOSH of it all leaving me. When all was said and done (and she really did need to be cathed), I was in bed at 11:00 and asleep in no time.
1:00 AM - Emily comes in with her pillow, Ginger and Little Lion. Emily comes in every night. I sit up and let her crawl past me to the middle of the bed.
2:00 AM - Allie appears at the side of my bed, looking for me. I go with her to her room to sleep.
4:00 AM - I get up to use to the bathroom and discover Anna sleeping on the edge of her bed despite the way I had positioned pillows to keep her in the middle of the bed. She rolled out of her bed not too long ago so I have to keep an eye on her. I accidentally wake her up and end up sleeping in her bed until...
5:00 AM - Allie appears at the side of the bed, looking for me. I go back to her room with her.
7:00 AM - Allie wakes me up and I try to keep her quiet for the next hour so everyone else can sleep.
Sometimes I'm exhausted by it all.