Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Goal #2 Bed Time

One top of showing off her FABULOUS blog book, I was chatting with my friend Olivia and telling her how little sleep I was getting. She suggested taking one of the long holiday weekends and just letting them cry it out. We had done that for both our newborns, but this whole sharing a room thing was new and 3 months into it, I was beyond exhausted. It used to go... put Damien down at 8:30... let Memphis stay up and play. So then we didn't know how to get Memphis to go down quietly enough to let Damien keep sleeping. Most of the time we would just let her fall asleep on the couch, then moved her to her bed. The worst part is neither of them would really sleep through the night. Memphis would somehow always end up in our bed and if she was in there... don't plan on getting any sleep. I can't tell you how many nights Mike would get home from work at 4 am and I would be sitting on the couch watching cartoons with one or both kids. All around... it was bad.

For about three weeks now, things have been SO much better and I am getting plenty of sleep.

7:00 bath (if needed)
7:30 toy clean up
7:45 books
7:55 prayer
8:00 both kids in bed

It's totally working, some nights it takes them a little while to actually fall asleep. (Memphis likes kicking the wall...odd) They don't cry, they don't get out of bed. It's great. I have been going to bed between 9:30-10:30. So much earlier. 80% of the time they are even sleeping through night. Even if and when they do get up, they usually go right back to bed. Twice now Memphis has been screaming and I let her cry for a good long while and then I felt awful when I went in because she took off her jammies and was freezing!!! (not really sure why she is doing that) Damien has been teething, so once we get through that... it will be smooth sailing.

Can we say HAPPY MOMMY!


Olivia McCord said...

I am SO happy for you! It made me smile to read your post. Marcus loves to kick the wall too. Holden still wakes up in the night every once in a while and they both definitely play for a while before they fall asleep, but for the most part they sleep and (more importantly) I sleep.

Jenilee said...

Yay for sleep, yay for schedules. I am such a routine, schedule person. Of course I don't have to tell you that. I am happy for you and the kiddos.

ShaunaJorgenson said...

Kyah kicks the wall too...must be a toddler thing. There are actual dirt feet prints on the wall where you can see where she kicks.

Moghimi Family said...

YEA!!! We are working to impove our sleep habbits too. Glad it's working for you. Helps me to keep going!