Okay, so I'm not too sure if I should call my boys "beauties" but I'm rolling with it - considering most of this post will have a tint of sarcasm with it - ha! We have been having a struggle with sleep schedules recently.
On one hand you have Evan who NEEDS sleep. He has always been my perfect little sleeper (if you don't count the first month of his life that he screamed 24/7). He was the child that everyone marveled at how well he napped and slept - the poster child of schedules! Man, he made me look pretty darn good ;-)! He was EXACTLY what the "experts" wrote about in the sleeping books. He napped beautifully until we took the bink away around his 3rd birthday. Which was okay since he decided if he napped then he wouldn't have to go to bed until midnight. This mama needs her kids in BED at 7:00!! So I now only make him take a nap if I know that he is worn down or if we will be out late.
But my little perfect sleeper now seems to think that he is old enough to choose his bedtime. Okay, so that is a weeee bit of an exaggeration on my part, he hasn't verbalized that to us. But he does EVERYTHING in his power to prolong the bedtime ritual.
I wouldn't mind being a little flexible with his schedule, if he would give us something in return. Let's say.... oh maybe NOT getting up at 7:30 EVERY morning, regardless of what his previous bedtime was. If he goes to bed at 7:30 pm, he gets up at 7:30 am. If he goes to bed at midnight, he gets up at 7:30 am.
And he has been tired. Which means he has been a *charming* 4 year old to deal with. And the fact that he has had deep dark circles under his eyes for a month. I promise I don't keep him up all night partying!
Then you have my second born! Aww my little life of the party. Carter has never been much of a scheduled person. I mean, he has ALWAYS slept well at night. The kid was sleeping through the night at like 4 weeks old. But naps were another thing all together. He wasn't much of a napper. He pretty much decided from the beginning that he was going to PROVE every sleeping book wrong. But then again, I was a weeee bit less structured with my second born. And pretty much threw out all the "parenting" books and just parented by my gut! And besides, when you have an 18 month old, running, screaming and banging through out the house during baby's nap time, it's kinda pointless to try to keep things structured.
These past few weeks, Carter has decided he is a "big boy". He tells me this often now. And I guess in his mind, a "big boy" doesn't need to take naps either. You know, since his brother doesn't take naps.
Which, really, doesn't bother me too much. Because selfishly, it's easier for the boys to entertain each other than for me to have to keep Evan quiet during Carter's rest time. And it frees up my afternoons more. And he will go to bed earlier. Selfish?
Unlike Evan, Carter would sleep all morning long if it wasn't for a loud older brother waking him up.
But all of this to say, that Carter is getting a little sleep deprived also.
Last night, I was making dinner around 5:00. I turned on Blue's Clues (Carter's new fave) from Netflix (which is THE BEST THING EVER). It was awfully quiet in the living room, so I tip toed in, to see if everything was okay.
And there Carter was, sitting straight up with his legs crossed and blanket in hand, on the couch, COMPLETELY asleep. The poor kid had fallen asleep sitting up. So I picked him up to see if he would wake up, because let's face it, 5 o'clock nap time means midnight bedtime.
He nuzzled his face into my shoulder and started snoring. I held him for a little while, selfishly of course, to get some extra snuggles in. But then gently placed him in his crib. I left the door of his room open so that he would wake up gradually.
Did he wake up? NO!!!
The kid slept from 5:00 last night to 7:30 this morning. And that was only because Evan had to get up to go to school and once he awakens, EVERY one must get up.
Did I sleep that well? NO!!!
Because as a mom, guess what I was doing? I kept getting up to check the monitor. I worried all night wondering if he was coming down with an illness. I snuck into his room to see if he was breathing.
So, the moral of this story...the darn kids need sleep. AND no matter what the sleeping situations are of your kids, mom's are not going to get ANY sleep until those kids are out of the house in 18 years!