Friday, June 25, 2010
Big Girl Bed Blues
2 years ago William figured out how to climb out of his crib and life as we knew it ceased to exist.
He is finally easy to put to bed.
But now....Lilly figured out how to climb out of her crib and life as we knew it has, once again, ceased to exist.
What's up with these kids?
When James moved out into a big boy bed, long before he climbed out of hi crib, he stayed there. He got out of bed once. He got in trouble and he never did it again. Maybe having a James first was an unfair set up for the reality of a William and a Lilly, who don't give a flying fig about staying in bed.
And I am sad, and yes, even a bit embarrassed to say, that we now are back in the trenches with another one: not wanting to stay in her bed at bed time, climbing out over and over, flopping around like a fish on the sand, crying and making us generally insane.
You'd think we'd have figured it out after doing it with William. But we haven't.
It is hard to admit you don't know what the heck you are doing.
But this girl is even more determined that William, and she is determined not to go to bed.
We can't tie her in, can we?
So tell me, have you had a Lilly? Do you have advice for me? Are we just going to have to wait it out again? Are you laughing because you've been there and come out on the other side? Or are you in disbelief because your children have never done such things? I'd rather not hear about that, if you don't mind. Remember, I had 1 perfect sleeper too. And if I kind of rubbed that in to you at some point, I am dreadfully sorry.
The worst of it is, it doesn't end once she falls asleep. I don't even want to tell you how sometimes in the middle of the night, one of those 2 comes to our bed and I just let them in. Because I am so tired I just don't care. And then the other one comes. And 4 people in 1 double bed just doesn't work. (Thankfully, James is just snoozing away on the top bunk. If he wanted in, I think we'd just give up and turn the living room floor into one giant bed)
So the musical beds begins. I take William back to his bed and I just climb in with him, cause I'm so tired. Or Aaron takes Lilly to her bed, and yes, he has actually fallen asleep with her in a TODDLER bed.
It is a sad state of affairs around here.
We were in a good bedtime place for a long while there. It was easy. Almost, almost like the old days.
But nothing stays the same. And I tell myself that so I'll know that this, too, will end eventually. But right now, I am pretty tired. Of everything.
And I admit all this not because I want your sympathy, but mostly to know we are not alone. It's like this at someone else's house too, right? Right?
Here's to hoping you get some good sleep this weekend. I am looking forward to some also, in about 2 years. Happy weekend.
PS. Even though she doesn't want to be there at bed time, isn't her bed cute? That makes is the teensiest bit easier to bear.
No, not really.
PPS. I am going to be posting a bit less often, read about it here, for a bit. So check in a few times a week for new stuff. I just can't seem to keep up with anything right now. Bear with me.