Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sleep Disruptions

For a while now, we have been doing awesome with sleeping through the night, all 3 kids!  Suddenly, all 3 seem to be taking turns not wanting to sleep and Michael is turning into a crazy man when it comes to going to sleep.  As I write, he is in his room screaming at his door even though a month ago he was going to bed and falling asleep almost immediately.  The twins seem to be going to sleep ok, they do a little bit of crying before falling asleep, but after just a short time they are asleep.  Eva Rose definitely wakes up more than Thomas.  Part of the problem with her is that she need a diaper change in the middle of the night and since we have been working so diligently at clearing up horrible diaper rashes on all 3 kids, I will pretty much immediately get up and change their diaper and put them back to bed and usually this works, but it really stinks that I had a short time of sleeping through the night and it is gone!  Last night, Thomas woke up and more than likely needed Tylenol since he is teething.  I changed is diaper gave him some Tylenol and rocked him and he went back to sleep.  Eva Rose just got a molar but I didn't notice much with her teething and sleeping, it seemed more diaper related.  Michael is waking up in the middle of the night and I have started bringing him in bed with me and once he is asleep, bringing him back into his bed.  This seems to work out better than rocking him in a rocking chair since as soon as I stand up he is awake and screaming again.  At least I seem to get a little better sleep this way.  I'm not sure if this is just a phase that we have to ride out or if I have to do something different.  Michael is in a toddler bed and initially this seemed a positive move.  I still think that it was good to put him in a bed vs a crib, but I just wish he would go back to those good nights of sleeping.  I definitely got spoiled!

Let's hope that this is just a phase and I will be sleeping again soon!



  1. Hey Amy!

    We choose to co-sleep, even before our babies were born. We (mostly) follow attachment parenting/continuum concept philosophies. We co-sleep, extended breastfeed, baby wear, etc, in order to keep our children closer to us, making them more comfortable/secure. The idea is that secure babies/toddlers become more confident, independent children/adults. We are one of the only countries in the world that believe that at birth (or even at several months old) a child should be "independent" enough to sleep in a crib in another part of the house from his or her mother. It is very normal in other cultures to have a family bed.

    Co-sleeping just works for us. If my twins wake up to nurse, almost 95% of the time, I don't wake up. They randomly sleep through the night, and I feel no different in the morning. I always feel well-rested (well... unless I stay up until 12/1am blogging and watching Top Chef... like I did last night... /cough, cough/ and then have to get up with them at 7:30am).

    I don't believe in letting them cry it out, and the idea of it actually turns my stomach. That said, I have some very good friends who let their kids cry it out even before they were six months old. To each their own.

    You really just have to do what works for you. We've never done any real sleep training, but I have always found the "No Cry Sleep Solution" and "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" books good resources when I have questions about sleep.

    I think that you also asked me about popsicle molds a while back? If that was you, so sorry for not getting back to you sooner! There were some BPA-free molds that came in 2oz sizes that I have really wanted off of amazon for sometime... I just haven't gotten around to ordering them yet! Though, I have loads of amazon gift cards sitting around because of swagbucks. Haha. I just need to find the time to actually buy them! Right now, I'm using ice tube trays with baby spoons or those baby dipper sticks (which actually fit in the ice cube trays perfectly) stuck in the smoothie mix. It works pretty good.

    Here are a couple of cute co-sleeping posts... :-)

    All three of your babies are adorable! :-)


  2. Wow... I really wrote you a book! Sorry! /blush/

  3. So sorry to here there's been some regression in the sleep department. Hopefully you're right and it's just a phase that will hopefully pass soon.