I don't know about you but I am tired of having 3 inches of space in my bed..of constantly having a knee or an elbow (or both if you're lucky!)...of always waking up exhausted..of feeling like I have to go cram my adult body into a bed made for a toddler just to get a good night's sleep. What I'm tired of most, is the constant bedtime battle. EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT. For hours on end! So, I've decided to start and actually stick with some of the Super Nanny techniques.
Any of my friends on here, whether you keep up with me or not (or if you're just a passer-byer) should know that David and I now have two kids (3 if you include David's first daughter Kayla, who is 8 and doesn't live with us), Kenzie who's 3 (turning 4 June 2) and David III, or "Rooster" who's 7 months old (turns 1 June 12). None of them sleep through the night, let alone the fact that none require much sleep either.
Kayla isn't here very much, so I don't feel like there's a need to try any of this with her.
Kenzie..I don't even know where to begin. She was a great baby, slept through the night by 3 months. The downfall, I was young and didn't realize any kind of sleep pattern, nor did she get put on a schedule, and we're paying for it now. She always had to have some type of background and at some point it became the tv. She slept through the night for about a year--that was of course after falling asleep beside us, and being put in her bed. When she was around 15 months old, she caught a virus..and it was the kind that was making her sick in her sleep. She's just recently (probably the past year) started sleeping through the night again. If she's in her own bed, she'll wake up once or twice and come in our room, which of course neither David or I feel her climb in bed. We do have the nights that she's extra sneaky and will just crash in the floor with a blanket.
I want Kenzie completely out of our room. I've thought about just making our room off limits, but I'm still debating on that. I want to be able to do a routine and when it's done have her understand that it's time to go to sleep..WITHOUT the tv, WITHOUT having her light on..WITH only her night light. I know it's going to take work, but it's time for her to be out of our room. The issue we run into is that Kenzie's the energizer bunny, and never runs out of energy no matter how hard she plays.
Rooster..For rooster on being 7 months old, I'm sort of indifferent on this,--not sure if I should, not sure if I shouldn't. At his 6 month well baby visit his doctor said she would have already stopped the night feedings cold turkey. I have too much of a heart to do that. Although, I do agree that he should be sleeping through the night by now. I think the issue here is that he's waking up through the night because he's not eating enough during the day and is getting the rest of what he needs in the middle of the night. Now, I could be wrong. I once read on cafemom somewhere that kids could just be starting to sleep through the night by 3 years old. Who knows if that's true or not.
I read a super nanny book a few months back, and polished up on the sleep section. For Kenzie, I'm going to try a technique offered that has the parent sitting in the room with the child after the routine is over, and sit by the bed and gradually (after a few nights) move away from the bed until you're sitting outside the door, and eventually you don't have to do that at all. I think simply putting her back in bed every time she gets up would be a battle that would last until Rooster gets up for the day (which is at 4 am). This cranky momma needs her few hours of sleep. lol. For those not familiar with it, I'll post about it tomorrow at some point. For Rooster, I'm still not sure. I can usually get away with just giving him his pacifier when he wakes up until around 3, and then he needs a bottle. He goes to bed at 7 pm.
I need Kenzie's bedtime to be at 8 pm. Why? It's going to sound selfish, but David and I need time too..and having a 3 year old who's up until midnight kind of puts a damper on even so much as a normal adult conversation. I'm hoping posting every day will help keep me on track with all of this (regardless of the fact that people may not read it) and hopefully after a few weeks,..maybe a few months (praying that it won't take months to get this situated) I can actually have my bed back.
Post again tomorrow!!!!