It’s going to be a long night…

Alex went to bed at 8pm.

Alex woke up at 8:40pm crying – got him back to sleep.

Alex woke up again at 8:50pm crying – got him back to sleep.

Alex woke up again at 9pm crying – put him in our bed – out instantly.

Alex woke up at 9:40pm crying – and he is STILL up – wide awake…

Not sure what is wrong… but considering Alex barely napped today – this is not normal…

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My Little Alarm Clock…

Since we moved into our new house, I have not had to set the alarm clock (except for the time I took the train at 5:5am… cruel, cruel, cruel).  You see I have the cutest alarm clock – his name is Alex.  When we first moved, Alex would wake up anytime between 6 and 6:30am – so no reason to set an alarm.  Since the beginning of June however, things have been getting better.  My alarm has been waking me up at 7, 7:15am, which is just perfect.  However, today my alarm clock got lazy.  He woke me up at 8am.  8am! I’m not really complaining, especially when we are just about to go on vacation, but Matt and I both had to be at work for 9, and I had to  put the house in order for the cleaning lady.  So mad dash this morning!  Luckily we made it pretty much on time – just a few minutes late.

Tell it like it is Tuesday…

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!

Alex's new hiding place

Mmmm.... ice cream!

Spoke too soon

I should have waiting until the full day was over before making yesterday’s post!  Alex fell asleep before getting his night time bottle – that we discovered is a big no no.  Alex woke crying just before 11 after sleeping only about 2 hours- I gave him his bottle and then started he 99 bottles of milk routine.  Matt was out at hockey and came home during this time, and Alex got very distracted.  After 200 bottles of milk he was asleep – or so I thought. 

I laid him down and he cried and cried. Since Matt was awake still he said he would put him to bed and I could go to sleep – if only it had been that easy.  Alex cried and cried and screamed and screamed and at one point I thought he was some wild animal in the nursery – the sound was very scary!  Matt was holding him and rocking him, but nothing would soothe the little guy.  I ended up giving him a bit of Motrin thinking it could be his upper 2 teeth coming in.  He also took most of another bottle.  Poor Matt didn’t get to sleep until well after 1am. 

He woke again at 4, took some of his bottle, and then we started our 99 bottles of milk again.  I got down to 50 and he was still asleep – so I tried the Momma Ma song I created and after walking for almost 40 minute he was asleep.  Or so I thought (again!).  I laid him in his crib and he started to giggle like he was a wake – little monkey!  So I just froze and pretended not to be there.  He played a bit, tossed and turned and eventually was asleep.  I got to sleep by 5:30am…  and slept until 9.  Alex slept until almost 10.  I know that is a little late, but the boy needs to get his sleep (and so do I!).   So now he is napping again, 2 hours after he work up. At least that part of the routine is sticking.

Thank you for all of your tips on the nails – will try a few today!