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Do holidays screw up your kids' schedules?

Anonymous
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We drove to my grandma's house, which is an hour away, around my daughter's nap time for Thanksgiving so she could get her nap in the car. She ended up fighting sleep and didn't fall asleep until halfway there, then when I took the first exit off the highway, the change of speed woke her up and she cried the rest of the way there because she couldn't fall back asleep. So in total got probably 20 min nap. She usually takes 1 1/2 hour nap. We get there and she refuses to go to sleep. So we get there around 3 and left around 9:30 ..... I knew she'd fall asleep on the way home no matter what time we left so I was pretty much screwed. She slept the whole way home, woke up on the exit off the highway ...... and is still currently awake. 

I feel like we can't do holidays. She's always been a really poor sleeper and I FINALLY had her sleeping through the night ..... and now that might be gone. This really sucks.

Posted by Anonymous on Nov. 29, 2013 at 5:17 AM
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Marie_Edelman2
by Bronze Member on Nov. 29, 2013 at 5:23 AM
My 5 year old daughter was very concerned about missing her bedtime tonight as we were at my mother in laws for Thanksgiving/Hannukah. Towards the end of the evening she ended up crying for a half hour straight because she was "itchy" sigh, I think a lot of the episode was in regards to being tired.
LilliesValley
by on Nov. 29, 2013 at 5:24 AM
Lol. It's one day. Just get her right back on schedule today and it will be fine. If you're tense and make a big deal of it on top of being worried she will pick up on it. Just get back on schedule even if it's hard today. No sleep except at normal nap times and put her to bed tomorrow or tonight. Lol

Dd was always very resilient to stuff bc we understood that days like these happen but bc they're rare it's not a big deal. Just hop back on the schedule train.
sparkle.ana
by on Nov. 29, 2013 at 5:29 AM
No. My kids adapt pretty well, and we don't travel, si they can just go to sleep when they need to.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Nov. 29, 2013 at 5:29 AM


One day is a little different for my daughter. We actually have an appointment set up in December with a sleep specialist to see about a sleep study because that's just how bad her sleeping has always been. But last month it was like a light went off in her head and she finally started sleeping right. So I figured when it got closer to the appointment, I would cancel it. But keeping her awake when she's overly tired does not work. If I keep her up all day today, she will stay up all night tonight. She's done this before.

But I'm hoping maybe she has finally matured a little and can get back on track this time. It just doesn't fit what I know about my daughter.

Quoting LilliesValley:

Lol. It's one day. Just get her right back on schedule today and it will be fine. If you're tense and make a big deal of it on top of being worried she will pick up on it. Just get back on schedule even if it's hard today. No sleep except at normal nap times and put her to bed tomorrow or tonight. Lol

Dd was always very resilient to stuff bc we understood that days like these happen but bc they're rare it's not a big deal. Just hop back on the schedule train.



Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Nov. 29, 2013 at 5:30 AM


My daughter did great at my grandma's but when we came home it was like she needed to have her whole normal day she has at home too. 

Quoting Marie_Edelman2:

My 5 year old daughter was very concerned about missing her bedtime tonight as we were at my mother in laws for Thanksgiving/Hannukah. Towards the end of the evening she ended up crying for a half hour straight because she was "itchy" sigh, I think a lot of the episode was in regards to being tired.



Marie_Edelman2
by Bronze Member on Nov. 29, 2013 at 5:33 AM
Yeah, you see how important the routine/schedule is when it's altered! Of course they have fun and it's important to do things but when they're little like that it's interesting to see how much it actually does impact them.


Quoting Anonymous:


My daughter did great at my grandma's but when we came home it was like she needed to have her whole normal day she has at home too. 


Quoting Marie_Edelman2:

My 5 year old daughter was very concerned about missing her bedtime tonight as we were at my mother in laws for Thanksgiving/Hannukah. Towards the end of the evening she ended up crying for a half hour straight because she was "itchy" sigh, I think a lot of the episode was in regards to being tired.





LilliesValley
by on Nov. 29, 2013 at 5:37 AM
That does make things different. I'd still keep the appointment regardless you never know. My oldest dd had low oxygen levels so I guess I go with caution for stuff like that. I'd still try to get her close to schedule but maybe with your situation it may take a few days. Best of luck.


Quoting Anonymous:


One day is a little different for my daughter. We actually have an appointment set up in December with a sleep specialist to see about a sleep study because that's just how bad her sleeping has always been. But last month it was like a light went off in her head and she finally started sleeping right. So I figured when it got closer to the appointment, I would cancel it. But keeping her awake when she's overly tired does not work. If I keep her up all day today, she will stay up all night tonight. She's done this before.

But I'm hoping maybe she has finally matured a little and can get back on track this time. It just doesn't fit what I know about my daughter.


Quoting LilliesValley:

Lol. It's one day. Just get her right back on schedule today and it will be fine. If you're tense and make a big deal of it on top of being worried she will pick up on it. Just get back on schedule even if it's hard today. No sleep except at normal nap times and put her to bed tomorrow or tonight. Lol



Dd was always very resilient to stuff bc we understood that days like these happen but bc they're rare it's not a big deal. Just hop back on the schedule train.





jenny3344
by Silver Member on Nov. 29, 2013 at 5:43 AM
My kids sleep schedule will be off after going shopping at midnight till 3am. They will sleep in half the day Fri and will be up late Fri night. It will take them a few days to readjust.
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