Monday, September 23, 2013

Times are changing

My little baby Naomi isn't so much a baby anymore... and it happened so fast. She's been keeping us on our toes since she was born. You might remember the sudden and traumatic (for me) end to nursing that happened? Well she's done it again.

Last Thursday night she suddenly became absolutely petrified of her crib.  About 3am she learned how to crawl out of her crib and proceeded to stand in the middle of her room screaming. She wasn't so much crying as much as just screaming.  And if you would attempt to put her back into her crib well she reacted as though the crib was full of venomous snakes.  It was crazy to be honest. For almost 2 years she has been our star sleeper for the most part. Something else was going on but try to tell that to yourself when you're so tired you're crying on Friday morning.

We tried to put her into bed with us at some point on Thursday just so we could get some sleep but you see our children are very well sleep trained in that they have only ever slept in their cribs or beds... never with us. We may occasionally lay down with them in the evening but it's hardly ever until they actually fall asleep.  Which is terrific.... until you need them to sleep with you and then it's just a mess because they don't know how to sleep with you (that's why traveling is soooo hard for us - they only know how to sleep in their own beds by themselves).

So starting out Friday morning I was pretty much dreading the day because 1) I was tired and 2) I had no idea how I was going to get her nap because 1) she hated her crib and 2) she was able to crawl out of it now. 

*Side note this is and was not a disobedience problem - she was honestly terrified of her crib I am very cautious of trying to make sure I don't make excuses for my children but also having grace and understanding when things are just not right and it's definitely not the normal for my child.

She did eventually nap because well she just passed out she was as tired as I.  We were also able to get her to go to sleep in her crib on Friday night until she woke us up at 12:30 when she threw herself out of the crib. Thankfully she did settle back down and sleep with us until about 6 on Saturday when she decided it was time to start the day. *yawn* 

Saturday brought a whole change of plans when we decided it was time to just put the crib away (for awhile anyhow) and bring on the big girl bed.  Knowing the trouble we would probably have getting her used to a new bed we just went straight to a twin bed so that there was room for one of us to sleep with her for awhile.  Now I have absolutely no problem sleeping with my children and can sleep with them pretty darn well.  Nathan - not so much. He truly hasn't had any sleep in almost 4 days.  Things are getting a little cranky around here.

So it's Monday and here I sit in her room as she struggles to settle down and nap on her own. We are not going to because well I just can't get into the habit of laying down with her but knowing new habits take awhile to form we are giving her some grace and staying in the room with her until she's asleep - this was we can also make sure she stays in her bed. She is our climber.

What a whirlwind it's been lately..... but I am super thankful this happened now and not 2 weeks before the baby came, at least it's still manageable and hopefully in 7 months she'll get it out of her system. ha!

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