Saturday, June 24, 2006


Sleep is, I mean. At least to Lauren it is. This child requires such a minimal amount of sleep I can't believe it! She's all-go, high energy all day long, lately doesn't nap and if she does it's 15-20 min. in the car at best, and still hangs out in her room for 45 min - 1 hr, completely awake, after we put her to bed. AND THEN she's up-and-at-'em at 6:15am. Bedtime, by the way, is no later than 8pm on the days when naps have been skipped. So she's not going to sleep until closer to nine, still getting up around 6:15am, and NOT NAPPING! On the days when she does take a "normal" nap her bedtime is affected by hours. She'll finally go to sleep between 10:30-11pm on those days. How does she function on such little sleep? Because I'm barely functioning trying to keep up with her.

Nicholas, on the other hand, is my sleepy child. At the ripe old age of 5 (today is his actual birthday but he's considered himself 5 since his party on Wed), he could still nap for a couple of hours each day, go to bed at 9-9:30pm, and sleep until 7am. Ideal, yes? I LOVE that he sleeps, and man! he does need it. He's getting better and better about maintaining a decent disposition when he doesn't nap, but he falls apart much more quickly when he's tired than his sister does. He's slowly dropping his nap, and I'm OK with that - he's 5 and entering Kindergarten - but my toddler?? I thought kids needed more sleep. She's the exception to more than a few rules.

Am I wrong for allowing my sleepy brain to flirt with the notion of doping her up on cold meds that make kids sleep just so I can get some rest myself?? Because if she keeps staying up so late and waking me up so effing early everyday I'm going to need something stronger than simple coffee to keep me going.

This is kooky but try putting her to bed earlier. Both my boys go to bed at 7 and 7:30 at the latest and they sleep til 7 or 7:30. If they go to bed later, they don't sleep soundly nor do they sleep as late...ahh sleep begets sleep (the title of my book is Sleep is Sacred: Sleep begets Sleep)
One word MP, one word:


Kidding. (Kind of.)

Brody's decided to wake up at 5:30 every morning the last few weeks. Ugh. I feel your pain.
I have hiccups brought on by alcohol, so I can't say much but "Drink from the opposite side of the glass." Love you and you're husband's parenting. Keep the early morning run up!
I guess you'll hate me if I say that Faith sleeps until 8:00 (unless I wake her up) AND takes a 2 hour nap??? Sorry, all my kids have been sleepers. I'm thinking Benadryl too. LOL. Geez, you must be TIRED!!!
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