Sleep Strike

Friday, October 19, 2012

Someone has called a sleep strike in the Williamson household and I am not happy about it!

Judah has decided that smiling at people is much more fun than napping.  When he does doze, he refuses to stay asleep for long.   We are also getting up about 7 times a night to give him a pacifier.  Granted I don't really remember what a "good night's sleep" is, but I'm pretty sure it's not that....

So last night Sam and I agreed that it was time to start sleep training.  I pulled out my trusted sleep book, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, which helped so much with Luke, and set a plan for last night.  I encouraged Sam to sleep downstairs (no point in Judah keeping us both awake).  He agreed to this surprisingly quickly for someone who claimed he had not thought of it himself.

I put Judah down at 7:00pm.  He went to sleep without a problem.  When I went to bed a few hours later, however, he woke up and began his crying.  At this point, I was too tired to get out of bed, so I just laid there with headphones in my ears, willing him to go back to sleep.  As the crying went on and on, I prayed, "Oh God, if he cries for an hour, I'll get up and feed him." After crying for exactly 59 minutes, he fell asleep.  If God has a sense of humor about this, I guess I can too.  It was not a bad first night in my opinion!

Not to be outdone by his brother, Luke is on strike too. He has not napped in over a week.  The strange thing is, although we moved him to a toddler bed, he has yet to get out on his own.  I don't think he has realized that he can and we're honestly not too keen on showing him. So instead he lays in bed quietly for a while, and then begins to call to me, "Mommeeee! I want to snuggle with you, Mommeee! I want to snuggle on the couch with you, Mommy!"  

Sigh. What's a girl to do? As I turn off his monitor in effort to resist him, I can feel my heart turning to stone....

Here are two handsome guys snuggling after yet another failed nap this afternoon.  Luke insists on snuggling with his blankie AND his latest favorite toy, in this case, one of his "pumpkins". 

Dear sleep, please return to our house soon!

*UPDATE: 10/27* Sleep strike is over! Judah is doing great. We are down to one night time feeding and no extraneous crying! Luke has also started napping again. And this morning he got out of bed on his own for the first time. I guess it was inevitable that he would learn eventually.  Overall we have one happy and rested family!

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