Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Softy

Okay, I admit it, I am totally the softy in our house.

If we are eating dinner and LP wants to get out of her booster, I am the one to let her down. If she then comes over to me and says "up" I do temporarily resist, but once she says "pease..." I give in and put her on my lap and attempt to eat while fending off her dangerous fingers.

For the last two nights LP has decided that she doesn't like her 8:30/9 bedtime. We put her in her crib and she then cries on and off for a long long time. This is really not like her. She used to go right to sleep. Every once in a while she would howl for a few minutes but eventually she would give up and go to sleep. But not lately. Now she stands up, cries, shakes the bars on the crib, throws things out of it...any form of discontent she can display, she does.

Monday night the Hoos and I both laid down on the floor of her bedroom while we waited for her to relax. The thought was that because she could see us and therefore note that she wasn't missing anything more exciting going on, she would quickly go to sleep. Half and hour later she calmed down, her breathing got regular, and we quietly crawled out of the room.

Last night was the same story. I decided to take a new tact and instead of leaving her in the crib and me on the floor, I tried to get her to lay down on the floor with me. She would lay down for 20 seconds, jump up, rearrange the blankets on her "baby" (a naked Cabbage Patch Kid), and repeat. This went on for 10 minutes. Obviously not a brilliant strategy on Mommy's part.

I then put her back in her crib and promptly fell asleep on the floor. I think she just kept watching me. When I crawled into our bedroom at 9:30, she was still awake.


A's Mom said...

Must be a full moon or something with these kids and their sleeping habits. The other night Little Man A woke up 3 hours after going down screaming bloody murder. I could have sworn he was hurt in some way shape or form with the way he was crying. Then, as I was bobbing up and down as I walked his room, he let out this deep horrific burp. Daddy didn't burp him enough... or maybe it was something else.... who knows.

Maybe LP knows there's something else going on.... aka new baby on the way??

Haley said...

Yeah, the girls are in two different classes. I'm not sure if it's a good or bad thing, but hopefully I won't have to see either one of them again. And, that's makes me happy.

KiKi said...

I agree with a's mom - I think LP knows somethine is up.

If someone lets you in on the secret, please pass it on to me. Zeze JUST fell asleep. Yesterday it was 2 a.m. She just lies in the dark and pretends her fingers are dolls.

Tiffany said...

ahh the age of the bedtime phases. Mikayla has gone through all of them as well. She did have me up last night too - I think I need to put a little light in her room because I think she is getting scared when she wakes up in the middle of the night in her big kid bed - that or the wet diaper!

Anonymous said...

Don't you just love dancing around the bedtime routine!? My two have their own little quirks. I tend to be a "softy" in this arena as well. If they need me to feel comfortable, be that in their room or in my bed, I just try to go with the flow. But some nights I just put them in their room, make it clear that I mean business and walk out, letting them scream it out! Although, if I had to go to work in the morning or to school, I probably wouldn't have the patience for any of it... and pregnant too?!

telefonsex said...

Good Job! :)