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Friday, July 9, 2010

Desperately Seeking Sleep

The Small One, who may very well be known from here on out as The Sleepless Monkey-Tyrant, is creating havoc with my sanity.

I am not capable of staying sane with little to no sleep.

And, the child's average bedtime these days is 1 a.m.

Exaggerate I do not.

I am desperate for your help.

How do you get your little one's to sleep?

I am not expecting her, at nine months, to sleep through the night.

I don't mind a night nursing or two- in fact, I enjoy the closeness and the cuddling.

I just want to know how to put her to sleep.

Once she does go down, she usually stays that way (at night anyway- daytime naps are a whole 'nother thing) for a couple of hours.

What is your bedtime routine?  What works for your children?

Our "usuals" (rocking, nursing, singing, patting, etc.) aren't working anymore.

It was literally a two-hour plus fight tonight- involving a kicking, bucking, crying, refusing to be rocked, nursed, shushed, sung to, or patted baby.


Dear Lord, give me strength.


Erica said...

try Baby Calm. We sold it at TnK when I worked there. It is a powder you mix with water. Don't remember off the top of my head what is in it but it helps relax the baby and makes them sleepy.

Jennifer said...

So, drug her up. ;)

Laura Ingalls Wilder said...

Nyquill should work too! :) It's not fun, but you could put her in her bed and walk away. (I had to leave the house when I did it, but it worked and only had to do it once.) Would it be possible to skip a nap so she is really, really tired and ready to sleep at night? Good luck!

Erica said...

It is all natural. Baby calm should be in the homiopatic section of you health food store.:P