I’ve discussed sleep issues, or lack of sleep, here since RJ was born. However, I didn’t think that I would still be writing about them past the age of 2. RJ has been
sleeping through the night sporadically has not been sleeping through the night for MONTHS now. I think it started with our vacation in September. Up until a week or so ago, he would just wake up, stay in his room and call for us. We could go in his room and get him back to sleep. The thing is, he then began waking up more than once each night. Let me say, it’s hard to fully go back to sleep when you anticipate the inevitable call of your toddler in the wee hours of the morning.
Still we pushed through and made it. Then, my ever evolving toddler went for broke and played the ultimate card. He started waking up in the middle of the night per normal. However, instead of staying in his room and waiting for us to come to him, he decided to open his door and make the trek down hall to us! The first night, he didn’t come up to our bed, he just came in the room and sat down in his rocking chair. I’m guessing a few minutes after making himself comfy, he let his presence known. We thought we were dreaming. *Is it just me or is waking up in the dark, staring in the face of tiny person who wasn’t there when you fell asleep, not the creepiest thing?!* We thought is was a fluke and we ushered him back to his bed. *Maybe I didn’t close the door to his room all the way?* When it happened the next night, we knew we weren’t in Kansas anymore. He then proceeded to step up his game. He comes in our room, we take him back to his and repeat until we were too tired of the dance and he ends up in our bed. *I swear my child has been frequenting and taking advise from the Twitter page and blog of Honest Toddler!* His excuses for coming into our room have been booboos in his nose (I HATE the word bugger so we call them booboos), non-existent poop in his pull-up and, my favorite, “ummmm”.
Last night, while getting up and laying back down for the fourth time, I decided I was done. I remembered when he was a baby and I asked his doctor for advise on how to get him to sleep through the night. She asked if I was giving feeding him when he woke up and I said yes. She told me to stop because he didn’t need it, he was just waking up because he expected food. I’m taking that approach. It’s not food that RJ wants, but he wants to end up in our bed. He’s learned that he can wear us down and make it there. Last night, I was on it. I had to get up and down four times, and was tired as hell, but he did not get his 40 winks in our bed. That’s the plan going forward. I’m hoping it will lead to him realizing there no need to wake up because he’ll end up right where he started. *fingers crossed*
Am I the only one in the mist of the late night toddler creep?