I have displeased the sleep gods

Or so it would seem.

Sleep is just never easy, is it? At least, not consistently. In all truth, it’s obviously light years better than, say, six months ago. But it’s a lot of steps forward, steps back, repeat. I know there’s a long-term net gain, but those steps back are always frustrating.

The good news is that, two times this week, both kids slept until nearly 7AM. That’s huge for my very early risers. The downside is that they don’t seem overall any more rested, sadly. This week, the fun seems to be centered around protesting/boycotting the afternoon nap. It’s weird. The morning nap goes generally smoothly. They don’t fight it too hard, and they have been staying asleep a solid hour to hour and a half. But that afternoon nap, man… They don’t especially want to go down, they stand up and look at each other and laugh… and then talk… and then cry… and then scream hysterically. Several times this week they’ve taken over 45 minutes to go to sleep, and then barely slept 35 minutes before waking up again.

And I don’t think for any reason that they’re somehow freakishly early in being ready to go to one nap. No way. They do not function at all well when they sleep that little, and it makes for a pretty crappy late afternoon. But for whatever reason, they’ve really been fighting it.

Today has been an especially funky day, sleep-wise. They woke up at 6:55am (rejoice, rejoice), but were fairly crabby much of the morning (nevermind on the rejoicing). OK, fine, they’re both getting over being sick, it happens. They had a so-so morning nap, and then we went to our final sign language class. Daniel was fussy from the moment he woke up, all the way through class. Great. He actually stayed awake in the car on the way home, which is unusual, so I took him right upstairs when we got home, and though he fussed quietly, he eventually slept for a bit over an hour. Fine.

Rebecca fell asleep in the car, woke up when we got her out, and had no interest in going back to sleep. She never did get more of a nap in the afternoon. By 5pm, she was all but falling asleep in her high chair at dinner. We really should have tried to put her down around 3:30, but by the time we realized she was getting tired, it was really too late to attempt a nap. M decided to put her in the tub and do bedtime at about 5:30, a solid hour to hour and a half earlier than usual. She fell asleep while eating her bottle, and down she went.

Daniel, despite having a semi-respectable afternoon nap of his own, was completely losing it. Decided to put him down around 6. You know it’s not a good night when he is even hysterical in the tub. Not good times. Anyways, put him to bed, he screams until he wakes up Rebecca. Lots of screaming. Eventually Rebecca is so hysterical that M decides to remove her from the room. It took nearly half an hour for her to finally calm down and fall asleep. She was so painfully overtired, she couldn’t shut down. Awful. Daniel, thankfully, fell asleep in his crib as this went down.

It’s just one of those nights. Don’t know if it’s the heat and humidity (if so, I’m seriously considering central air in this old house), or just one of those bad days. But it was the kind of hysterical, inconsolable crying that makes you positively frayed at the edges by the time everyone finally gets to sleep. I can only hope they’re down for the night, but I can’t say I’m feeling super optimistic. Ugh.

This, too, shall pass… This, too, shall pass… This, too, shall pass…

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3 responses to “I have displeased the sleep gods

  1. sorry, liz. i is so rough when they start to switch it up. i think you are right about not being ready for one nap (my 13 months olds are/are not…you know what i mean?) but they may be starting the phase where they need a little less a.m. nap time to allow for the p.m. nap.

    when we first started with the nap wars in the p.m. i found waking them at 1 hour 15 minutes helped, then gradually cut it to one hour. this seemed to let them get a really good p.m. nap.

    of course, then that started to fail last month and we took the one nap plunge. don’t ask. it has not been super pretty round here. and that may negate any ‘advice’ i just left because i think the sleep gods always just passed right by this house. we must operate outside their zone or something.

    hang in there. i am with you in the ‘pass’ phrase. smiles. amiee

  2. We are so there with you. Friday night I thought I was going to lose my mind. I think it is the heat…makes me irritable too.

  3. Hi,
    Sorry to hear the sleeping has been rough today. About the sign language class…when did you start this with your babies? Do you take them by yourself? Would you recommend a ‘formal’ signing class? My twins are 5 months and I have been signing to them for about 3 months now…obviously I am not expecting them to sign back yet. Just curious as to how the classes are going. Have your babies made any signs yet?
    Thanks,
    Trina
    http://www.totsites.com/tot/andersontwins

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