Saturday, July 25, 2009

Sleep VS. No Sleep

Sleep (Parker) VS. No Sleep (the girls)

Round 1

Parker gets his final feeding for the night at 10:30, is put in his crib and sleeps until 6:30 this morning...7 1/2 hours of sleep straight (now if I only went to bed at 11 we would be all set :)


The girls who were put to bed at 8:30 and at 11:15pm finally gave in to sleep.


Round 2

Parker is put in his crib awake and within 5-7 min is asleep (after some fussing)


The girls who are put in their beds and can't seem to stay in them, if their lives depended on it take HOURS to go to sleep these days. Yesterday they had a very short nap, so I thought "good, it will be an easy night for bed" WRONG...3 hours later they finally are asleep.



- trying every technique in the book


kids - staying up way to late and getting out of their beds

Kids WIN...

Why is it that our 7 week old little boy is sleeping better than his big sisters (3 1/2 and 1 1/2) There have been a lot of changes in our house in the last few months that have disrupted their sleep...moving into a big bed (Eva), the girls moving into the same room, staying light outside until 9:30, Parker being born, and three days ago saying bye bye to the passy. Eva was very attached to her "baba" and Melia has been wanting and trying to use one since P was born. Three days ago we said enough with the passy. Nap time without the passy has been great. Nighttime has been a little more challenging. We have found that the passy was the catilaist for calming Eva at night. Without it she just can't seem to relax in her bed. Over the last few weeks we have tried NUMEROUS things...taking toys when they get out of bed, sitting outside their door, spankings, talking and reasoning with them, putting them in different rooms, laying with them, and last nights technique, letting them play in their room until the ware themselves out (did not work, just in case your wondering)...nothing seems to work. We are frustrated and they are has to get better...RIGHT??? We will find what works and nights without the passy will get better, but in the meantime, if I am completely honest, it makes me feel like a failure as a parent. Last night we tried to play a game with friends (we did finish), but not without A LOT of interruptions because it took the girls so long to go to sleep...In and out of their beds, coming downstairs, playing with toys...All I could say was thanks for being so understanding and patient, while on the inside I am feeling completely embarressed, becasue we can't control our kids. In time we will re-gain control and tackle this bed time chaos. I have to keep reminding myself that there have been many changes and we are just finding a new normal around here. We have a good bedtime routine, we just need to stick with it and in time things will calm back down.

So right now P is winning the Sleep VS. No sleep fight...stay tuned for round 4.


karen said...

Hey Honey, dont worry, you and Chris are wonderful parents. I remember those days and the frustration involved, but it is over before you know it. Keep doing what you are doing and things will settle down. When I have the kids over, I remember how much I miss being the mom of little ones. It is hard to believe right now but this time is gone in the blink of an eye...savor and enjoy every moment. Love you, Mom

Rebekah said...

You're doing just fine! I have a feeling those girls are going to continue giving you a run for your money...Thank God for Parker!!!


Teri~Facedown said...

Meeghan-you are an amazing mom! Your heart for your children is so evident in how you treat them! I think one of the craziest things to come to grips with is that we can't control our kids! Even from a young age they have their own "Adamic Nature" that wants to rebel against authority! You and Chris are doing a fabulous job with Melia, Eva and Parker! Cut yourself some slack--you've had three children in 4 years! They will grow out of this phase and you will wish for these times back! Seriously--take a deep breath, listen to the sweet voice of the Lord affirming you and tell the enemy to flee-and take his lies with him. You are juggling a full plate--and you do it with such grace!
I'd love to give you a break and take the girls--maybe even for an overnight! :) THAT WOULD BE FUN! Let me know what you think about that!
Love you friend!

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heidimetzger said...

I am in the EXACT same boat as you and I too feel frustrated alot of the time and that I am doing something wrong. I am glad to see though that I am not the only one going through this so that must mean it truly is a phase and not that my kids are horrible!! This to shall pass. Good luck and hopefully they get adjusted soon.

Running after the heart of the Father. Seeking His face in All things. Walking His will out in my life. These are the desires of my heart. Along the way I am a wife and mom who wants to capture memories that will last a life time.