Toddler Not Sleeping…

Why is my toddler not sleeping?

Its 5:15 am.  Pretty sure I got about two hours of total sleep last night.  Thank goodness for coffee…

My kids are finally both asleep at the same time, but last night (much like six out of the last SIX nights) was pretty much an exercise in torture and sleep deprivation.

Everything started out great.  My sweet little girl went down around 8:30 pm, just like always.  Then (for once) my little boy crashed on the couch sometime around 9:00 pm.  Jackpot!

So I slowly lifted him up and carried to his room.  Gently laid him down in his bed.  Flipped on his Mickey Mouse Night Light.  As I tip-toed my way out, I shut the door thinking the entire time “please please please don’t let my make a sound and wake the kids up.”

The door shut, I held my breath…waited…waited…waited….

Yes! Made it!  In my mind I’m a victorious William Wallace from Braveheart screaming at the top of my lungs….

Wait...wan't he tortured at the end...still works...

Wait…wan’t he tortured at the end…still works…

My wife and I didn’t know what to do!  Both kids asleep before 9:00 pm !?!?  AND in their OWN beds!?!?

Oh the possibilities…Clean the house? Watch some TV? Catch up on bills and the checkbook? Actually hang out with each other?

Yeah right…we went to bed early to try and get some extra sleep…

When your kids actually go to sleep early you have to pounce on the opportunity.  Good nights of sleep are few and far between when you are raising little kids.  You really can’t pass them up.

SO I got ready for bed, and laid down for a solid eight hours of sleep to get me ready for Monday!

And just as I was about to fall asleep…

“MOOOOOOOMMY!!!!!!!!!!” from the other side of the house. (9:47 pm EST)

So my wife gets up, and a few minutes later walks back in with my little boy.  Apparently he heard a noise and it scared him…

That sound was just my hope of a good nights sleep crashing to the Earth son.  Nothing to worry about.

So in the bed he climbs and we all try to go to sleep.  We toss.  We turn.  Everyone tries to carve out their own little niche somewhere in the bed.

What seems like an eternity passes.  No sleep.  Somehow my son’s managed to turn completely perpendicular to me and my wife.

From above I bet we looked like some giant H formed out of people…

So I reach down and try to pry my sons foot out of my rib when I hear my little girl start crying on the monitor. (10:33 pm EST)

My wife gets up again to go check on sis while I try to wrestle my four year old into a somewhat normal sleeping position.  A few minutes later in walks my wife with our (now wide awake) little girl in tow.

In the bed they go!

Hi Daddy, no sleep for you!

Hi Daddy, no sleep for you!

 

So now all four of us are in the same bed.  My wife on one side, me on the other.  Our two kids smashed in between us.  Not ideal.  The night started out with me under my covers and sleeping on half of our bed.

Now I’m hanging off the edge, my son has taken all my cover and his hair is tickling my nose. Sigh.

I try to think positive.  At least we are all laying down.  Everyone seems to WANT to go to sleep.  Maybe a good nights rest is not out of the question. (11:01 pm EST)

Its dead quiet for a little while, and then my little girl starts smacking my son in the face and giggling about it.  smack, smack, smack smack.

She had a nice little rhythm going there for a bit…

My boy starts squirming from the beating he’s taking…he gets mad and kinda starts smacking back…we are five seconds from an all out royal rumble and I’m closet to the ropes!

I can’t take this…

I get up and grab my little boy and head off to the living room (11:57 pm EST)

I set him up over on the little couch and I take the three-seater…so far so good…

I lay there for a few minutes and I actually fall asleep…FINALLY…but I have this weird nightmare where I’m being chased down my steps, and there are baby gates on every single one of them….and I can’t figure them out because they all have those child proof buttons….I wake up in a cold sweat….2:32 am EST…

I get up, grab a drink of water and as I’m settling back into the couch I look over and my son is staring at me….dang it, I woke him up…

“Daddy, I heard a noise, I’m really scared now…”

Me too…of the alarm clock…and morning.

So he comes over and tries to get on the couch with me, but there is no way I’ll ever get to sleep like this.  So I get back off the couch and set him up a place in the floor with a comforter and a pillow right below me…3:00 am EST on the dot…

Toddler Not Sleeping

Whatever works…

So we lay there for a few minutes and all of a sudden a little hand pops up in my face…

“Hold my hand daddy, I’m still a little scared.”

I mean, you can’t really say no to that…

Problem is, I have to kind of reach over my body to grab his hand, its a weird angle.  But any attempt to let go makes him freak out…so there I lay, for almost an hour holding my little guy’s hand in this awkward straight jacket pose…

Needless to say, this was an impossible position to sleep in…and then my arm went numb so it hurt as well…

Somewhere after 4:00 am EST I finally get his hand down to the ground…I flip over on my back and pretty much pass out.

In what seems like five seconds…my alarm starts beeping at 5:15 am EST…the coffee pot timer kicks in and my morning joe starts brewing its way into the pot….

For a second I think about trying to snooze my way into a few more minutes of sleep…but its not even worth it…might as well get up at this point…

I would say “what a night” but this is pretty much EVERY night around here lately.

Sleep deprivation is one of the hardest parts about parenting toddlers.  Unless someone keeps your kids for you overnight (fat chance) you are simply NOT getting enough sleep.  I can’t remember the last time I got more than six hours straight!

I wrote a post the other day about getting your toddler to sleep, this one is more about surviving WITHOUT sleep.  So…I’d like to know…

Toddler Not Sleeping?  How do you deal with the constant  sleep deprivation of parenthood?

Share below, PLEASE! :)


Comments

Toddler Not Sleeping… — 2 Comments

  1. Meagan on said:

    This is my husbands busiest week at work (80+ hours in six days) and we have a ten month old and a two year old. This has been my nights for a week. I’m a sleep deprived zombie right now. Love this!!

  2. This is SPOT ON! I can really relate…as a mom of 2 boys. :)

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