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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Night Owl

I have a problem..... Emily will not go to bed at night. I put her in bed, tuck her in, give her kisses and hugs, and then 3 minutes later she is out of bed and trying to start a conversation with me. This happens multiple times a night. And it's been a consistent problem since she was about three. I have noticed that she does have a hard time falling asleep at night. On Sunday night I let all the girls sleep in the forts they built in the living room. Summer was the smartest one and after a few minutes laying on the floor came and asked me to put her in her bed. :) McKenna and Lydia did fine, but at 2:30 in the morning I heard noises from the living room and went in there to find Emily sitting up playing with toys! I tried to put her in her own bed but she just about woke up the neighborhood protesting that suggestions. Finally I pulled her into bed with me and after about an hour tossing and turning she finally fell asleep. Most nights are not this extreme, but I think it is somewhat of a problem. But I just don't understand it! She should be tired. All of her sisters are tired and have no problem falling asleep. We get up at a consistent time and go to bed at a consistent time and I just don't know what else to do! By the time bedtime rolls around I am DONE being a Mom and the last thing I want to do is to spend another hour and a half tucking Emily in over and over again.

Any suggestions?

15 comments:

nlindley said...

Rainan has always been a night owl too. I'll bring the laptop into her room at night and let her listen to stories on www.storylineonline.com to help her fall asleep. I remember they all were hard to get to bed at that age, though. Alex is the same way and he obviously needs the sleep because he keeps taking a 5:00 nap when I'm not looking!

Sally said...

That really stinks! I LOVE bedtime, too, cause that's your only time for yourself all day!

Ty is a little bit like this, but not quite as bad. Unfortunately I have no helpful ideas, but I'm interested in hearing how you solve it!

Kami said...

Even though Connor can't get out of bed himself yet, he wakes up at least 3 times a night. Then most of the time he wakes up around 5am. I wish I had an answer for you. Maybe try some melatonin? It's all natural so it won't hurt her by taking it. You'll want to ask the doctor about it first of course though.

Nisa said...

Sydney is my morning owl. It doesn't matter whether she goes to bed on time or not - she will invariably wake at 6:30 or so with a cheering smile on her face and a loud singsong voice. UGH! NAthan and I could sleep all day long, of course that was before my moving insomnia started.

Michelle Pyne said...

I heard drinking warm milk makes you sleepy. Other than that, I'd say ask Chad. He's the pediatrician in the family and has all the answers when it comes to kids!

Family of 7 said...

This is why my twins have locks on their doors! It sounds awful but, they know once the door is shut they can't come out. Sometimes they would still turn the light on and play but, they usually would eventually fall asleep. They were all so not bothering me. After watching Supper Nanny, I see that consitency is a big thing with putting kids to bed. As soon as they get up you march them back with out saying anything to them. When they know you mean business and you aren't going to give in on the matter they will stay in bed. My husband puts our kids to bed and since he has been doing it they don't get up! I guess they know they can't mess with Dad!

Shana said...

I have no adice because Daxton is the EXACT same way!!! It drives me crazy. I need help with this too!!!! :) Wish I could help you out there!!!

Emma said...

I haven't had much of a problem. Sometimes they are noisy in bed, but don't usually get up. Good luck. I wish I could help more.

Matthews Family said...

I would be the last one to give advice right now. Gavin is sleepin in bed with us because he WILL NOT sleep in a crib, bassinet, pack n' play, etc... He will cry for hours on end in his crib - hopefully that will change soonl. Mikayla sleeps well in her bed, but I am waiting for that luxury to go away - she is getting to that age. Good luck!

Abbi said...

That's funny that Mom said to ask Chad, because that's exactly what I did, despite the fact that he has virtually no experience in putting kids to bed. When I asked him, he said "Put some benadryl in her dinner"--JOKING OF COURSE! :) I think the idea of letting her play herself to sleep sounds best to me, because then you don't have to be in bed with a little girl tossing and turning for an hour! But good luck with whatever solution you try! Love you!!

Chris said...

Read the story "Bedtime for Francis" it's a cute story about a child who didn't want to go to sleep.

MiandMiksmom said...

Hmmmm, this works for my girls, but they haven't had a consistent problem with it but will go through little stages: I make a sticker chart (put x's with marker on a poster). Every morning that she doesn't get out bed, she earns a sticker. When she has filled up all the x's with stickers, she earns something that she has really wanted (a ballet bag, ice cream with Mom, a HSM doll, whatever). I don't know if it will work, but all I have to yell now (we currently have a chart!) is: "DO YOU WANT A STICKER IN THE MORNING????" and I don't hear another peep!

Michelle said...

We had this same issue with Colby a while back. We set up a little tent in his room and he loved sleeping in that. I don't know if that is to boyish or not. But just a thought! GOod luck.

Brynn said...

Sounds like fun. Livy has been so good with bedtime. I haven't had any problems with her but Liza was a different story, and still is. She hates going to bed. I think consistency is key but also having a very good bedtime regeime (sp?)Then I do a little threatning talk before I leave the room. I know mean, but it usually works. Bribes for the next day are always good too.
I was on another blog and I saw you comment about knowing Chanelle. I was very shocked to see your name on it. I dont know her well but I was reading about her son's story. Her SIL is a good friend. It was funny to see you there!!

Kate said...

Okay, so reading all these comments scared me b/c we haven't had a problem w/ Syd and Addyson so far, so I hope it's not inevitable!!!
good luck!
xoxo