Thursday, July 31, 2008

When Good Sleepers Go Bad

This is a plea for help. Oh, and by the way, the pictures have nothing to do with this post. Just a little cutie.

So Sally Rose has been sleeping in her big girl bed for the last several nights. Once she falls asleep, she's fine and sleeps through the night, but getting her there is pretty difficult. Before we went to Oregon, she was SO easy to put down. She wanted to go down and would occasionally ask to. While on vacation, she had a rough time going to sleep. I thought I would let her get back to her good sleep habits before making the transition from crb to bed, but she climbed out and fell on her noggin. So, big girl bed for her. She thinks it's cool, and loves hanging out on it, even in it, just not alone. Some nights have been better than others, but as soon as Bill or I leave the room she screams. And screams. And screams. She tries to come out, and we were holding the door, until last night when we realized we could lock it and pick the lock from our side. We tried doing different things in the putting down process. It seems, she just has to give up eventually. Any attempts to go in and soothe make the process longer. She always ends up in bed, although usually with shoes on which she didn't have on when we left her. That part is cute. I'm wondering if any of you have any tips on making this any easier. Last night, it was over an hour. I hate to say that that is not atypical.

So sweet when she's awake.

She loves sitting up here when she gets her hair fixed. She also loves soaking her feet just like her mama. I like to do it together and make faces at each other in the mirror.

She LOVES these new crocs, or target brand crocs. She's always putting them on. Or her froggy boots.


Marilyn said...

Oh, wow. That's a toughie - kids can be so dang frustrating when it comes to bedtime, can't they? Whatever you do, somebody will tell you it's wrong so I say, follow your gut. There isn't a book or any advice in the world that can match a mother's instincts. And that goes for dads, too. They think they know, but they are missing that little mommy-gut-thing. You'll get her sleeping. No worries.

brendleca said...

I wish I had some good advice to share, but I don't. Beckham has been such a great sleeper as well, until recently. This past week he's been up three times, which he never has done before. I don't know if it's the age or what.
The whole big girl bed thing complicates things, because they become mobile. My doctor told me to just let Beckham cry it out. It is so hard. My tip, wear headphones to bed. Sorry, I got nothin' better. Good Luck. By the way, rumor has it that there's some footage roamin' around of you involved in a fantastic dance off. I need to know where I can find it.

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becca said...

I remember going through phases like this with both my boys and feeling like we will never get good sleep again. They have both been really good sleepers, but they have both had times in their short little lives where they weren't so great too. It always passed, and pretty quick too, and they got back to their good sleeping habits. So I say hang in there, it will get better. I had an idea though. Maybe she could pick out something special at the store that she can only have at bedtime and only if she is in her big girl bed. Maybe that would get her excited about sleeping in it. I don't know, it was just an idea. Either way, she sure is a cute little stinker!

becca said...

P.S. Your new blog background is really cute!

Julie said...

I agree with Marilyn- follow your gut. I think that night-time parenting is so, so, hard. I actually threw out all of the parenting books and just go with what works for us and our family. For us, the number one priority is that everyone sleeps. Where they sleep is somewhat optional. I have noticed that Wyatt seems to need more night-time parenting when he is going through something developmentally. Maybe that is all this is. Hang in there!