I am known for being the ice- queen when it comes to a strict bedtime routine.
Both my children as a result (yes even the 4 month old) are good sleepers.
It’s fine to call me a bitch- most of my mummy-friends do… 😙
They go to bed between 6.30 and 7.30- in their own beds. Sleep through and generally-unless they are poorly – there is no fuss…
That is until we went on holiday.
On holiday- their routine was broken – no particular bedtime (but no later than 9) – mummy would lay with Boo until she fell asleep (this is normally a no go in our house- its in bed, storytime, kiss good night and then out of the room), Boo would wake around 5ish on holiday and come and get into our bed- due to the heat- sunrise and lack of stairgate.
Now- I know when you go away and routine is broken it takes a week or 2 to get back into routine- I was prepared for this.
But we are on week 4.
4 weeks of them both waking at random points in the night- I thought it was the time difference to start with, but now I know thats bollox.
It’s taken me 2 weeks to get Boo to go to bed without creating complete God-given-Mary-Hell.
Literally- she would stand at her gate Screaming-spitting- “Mummy Stuck” – “Mummy Help” – “Mummy!” – “Daddy” – “Nanny”…. Anything to avoid going-to/ staying in bed- including shouting a questionable “C” word (it must have been Can’t 🙈)
Anyway- we have cracked that now. 👐
What we still haven’t cracked is her waking up EVERY hour from around 2am.
I started off going to her, putting her back into bed- for fear of her waking her brother up– and settling her down. At some points I would lay with her. In her pint sized toddler bed, one leg off- one leg on, head on – ass off…not comfy. That soon went out the window once I realised she woke as soon as I left the room anyway. 😐
So, I spent a week just putting her back into bed and leaving the room-Not saying a word. That didn’t work.
I spent a week getting very cross whilst putting her back into bed and then leaving the room. That didn’t work either.
I spent a week blaming her 4 month old brother whom she shares a room with- until I realised he sleeps through most of it.
So now I am on the final straw. I am on the fall-proof plan that I know works without fail but drives me and everyone else in the house NUTS whilst we go through the process.
We’ve got to let her cry it out.
I’m not ignoring her – well she thinks I am- but believe me- I have my eye so close on that monitor I may aswell be in the same room- and there is no-way anyone *aside from the Hubby, Big One and the Baby* can sleep through the constant wailing…
So – Me – It drives me Fucking Nuts – and yes the reason for this post at stupid o’clock is that she is in the middle of an hour long (nearly 2 hours actually) screaming match at the gate and I am slowly losing my mind and fighting the urge to go Bat-Shit crazy.
I’ve got to stay strong.
I’ve got to hang on in there.
In order for me not to completely lose my shit- I decided to tweet instead…
(Start at the bottom picture and work up- please note the times)
And hour and a half of this and she is STILL going…
Wish me luck people.
And if any of you see me pouring wine on my cornflakes…don’t judge- it maybe 7.30am but I’ve been up since 3. 😑