It has been almost a week since we have been in the new house and for the most part, things are going pretty well. We have a lot of boxes unpacked and things are starting to feel like home. The one thing however that has been an issue is SLEEP – or should I say the LACK of SLEEP. Since we moved in, Alex has not slept through the night – which is so unusual for him (as you know – I used to “brag” about how wonderful of a sleeper Alex was).
Here’s the deal:
- We put Alex to bed as per our usual routine – bath, stories, bed around 7:30pm.
- As we attempt to leave the room, he starts screaming. I have to now lay on the floor and console him – he’s asleep within a few min.
- Around 12:30am, we hear crying again – this time, nothing will work to console him – unless we hold him. But once he’s asleep and he is laid in the crib, more uncontrollable cries and screams. We have tried to let him “cry it out” – but the crying can go on for an hour. Last night I even set up camp beside Alex’s crib and tried to get him to calm done to no avail. I laid him on the floor with me – and he quickly went to sleep.
- So obviously I cannot sleep on the floor all night (I’m getting “old” ladies), nor can I stay awake all night and then try to work all day. The end result is that Alex comes into our bed, which is not ideal – at all. He sleeps (thrashes) there until about 6am when he wakes up and starts poking us in the face, or honking our nose – or just crying.
The poor little guy has so much going on – the move to a new house and a new room, his 2 year molars coming in, and his new ability to climb out of the crib. BTW – we lowered the crib to the floor – and he has since climbed out – yes – he can do it even with the mattress lowered another 6 inches… it has only happened once, but it has happened.
I’m actually adjusting to the sleep deprivation quite well (thank goodness for coffee!). I’m also doing research on how we can make it easier for Alex to sleep in his own room. It might just take time. Tonight is Matt’s turn to try to get Alex to sleep in his room – wish Matt luck!