The Co-Dependent SleeperMolly Thornberg
Our Izaiah is 3-years-old and since the arrival of his brother Zeke, 2 years ago his sleeping habits have gone to crap. It’s like he must keep one eye open at all times to make sure that Zeke isn’t stealing any of his thunder.
Last summer, when we started the moving process – Izaiah lost a room of his own and shared a room with his little brother temporarily. 2 cribs in 1 room was quite crazy, but we soon found out we should of just moved 1 crib. Why? Because Izaiah was crib jumping out of his crib and into his brother’s bed to sleep next to him. Which of course, meant Zeke’s sleep turned to crap as well.
We moved again, this time into our current home. We needed to have my husband’s study built out before Izaiah had his own room again. The last few months, he has been sharing a room with his older brother E. Which Izaiah loved, because of course he could just crash in bed with E – despite the fact we bought him a new bed.
Last weekend, we finally had the study built out. Izaiah can have a room of his own! This is something I’ve been looking forward to as his sleeping patterns are awful and I always attribute it to the fact he wakes easily and is sharing a bed with someone. We moved his bed downstairs. A room of his own! We tried to make a big deal out of it, despite that it still pretty much looks like a study. He isn’t buying it. Each night he has been sneaking upstairs in the middle of the night to sleep with his brother.
I’ve come to the conclusion, he’s a co-dependent sleeper, he must have another warm body to sleep next to. I wonder if we let the dog sleep in his room, if he’d stay in there then.
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