We’re sleepless in Dallas. The last 3 weeks have been a nightmare. The last week has been down right HELL. My husband and I have become zombies and the toddlers, well they are winning. I thought sleepless nights happened when the kids were newborns, apparently I was W-R-O-N-G!
3 weeks ago, our son Izaiah decided that sleep wasn’t a necessity in his life — so he went on strike. In 3 weeks, there hasn’t been a time that he has slept more than 6 hours without waking up.
Every night we have the same bedtime routine with him. He is bed by 9:00 and he throws a temper tantrum and crib jumps for the next 2 or so hours. He finally crashes on the floor of his room. Come 5 am he jumps out of his crib and proceeds to knock down the baby gate. Then it’s FREEDOM! First up? Destroy the playroom. Next? Wake up Mommy and Daddy. (My husband and I are night owls, typically going to bed around 2 am). When we won’t move over, he climbs right in the middle and does this sprawl so he touches both me and my husband.
After I wake up and put him back to bed … he jumps out and does the show all over again. A few times, he’s gotten bored of the upstairs and makes his way down to find food and wake his siblings up. A few days ago, I found him downstairs trying to steam mop our floors. He plugged it in, didn’t have a pad on the plastic, just scraping and steaming the wood floors. Just a typical AM in the life of Izaiah.
So that’s the last few weeks, and then this last week; our 1-year-old Zeke has taken up teething. The poor little dude only has 1 tooth and apparently there are a few others wanting to make an appearance as well. He wakes up screaming. I comfort him and medicate, but the medicine takes a good 30 minutes to work. Rinse and repeat..
Between the sleeplessness of the toddler and the teething of the 1-year-old, I’m DONE. Are there night nurses for toddlers? I may need to call one, just so I can get some rest … argh.
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