Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sleep-Monster

To some degree all my children have hated to sleep. I blame my husband and his "sleep-disease" as he likes to call it. I figure it just an excuse to stay up late and sleep in every morning. But nonetheless, Alexander is the newest child to fight the sleep-monster. It actually looks like he is wrestling with an imaginary monster. For the last 6 weeks he has refused to nap. He hasn't given up his naps, he desperately needs those, he has refused to sleep. I have tried all the tricks; CIO, nursing, keeping it quiet, dark, giving him a pacifier, toys, etc.

The only thing that works is driving him around. But even then he yells and fights sleep to the very end. Its actually quiet comical as he yells and screams and suddenly its quiet. He will crash mid-scream. Of course once he is asleep in his car seat he won't transfer to his crib. So I am relegated to sitting in the car reading a book while he gets his nap. Its a good thing I like to listen to talk radio.

At night it is slightly better, he will often nurse to sleep and then transfer to the crib. But about 3 nights a week he will refuse to sleep at night too. Since the other children are already sleeping in bed my stand-by trick of driving him around in the car isn't an option. I do a combination of letting him cry in the crib and wear himself out and letting him play in the living room. He crawls and crawls and plays, then stops to rest his head for about 10 seconds and then he gets up and crawls some more. Eventually he tires out and falls asleep in random places on the floor. Most recently he has fallen asleep on my feet, at the top of the stairs, and once on the bed while his head hung off the side, he was safe though, I had a hold of his ankle.

[caption id="attachment_364" align="alignnone" width="360" caption="Notice the remote, he was playing with it shortly before he crashed. He is also sleeping next to the gate so I can\'t go anywhere."]Notice the remote, he was playing with it shortly before he crashed.  He is also sleeping next to the gate so I can't go anywhere.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_365" align="alignnone" width="360" caption="Another victim of the sleep-monster"]Another victim of the sleep-monster[/caption]

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