Saturday, May 3, 2008

Simon Says Sleep

We've hit a bit of a rough patch with Alex's sleeping lately. On a couple of occasions, he has refused his afternoon nap and then has woken up during the night, unable to go back to sleep despite our efforts to soothe him back down. I suspect that separation anxiety may have something to do with it because he has been a little more clingy than usual and often gets upset when his dad or I leave the room. I'm hoping it's a short-lived phase because I'm freaking out a little, and with everything going on right now, I could live without one more thing to freak out about.

The most stressful thing is not knowing for sure why he's doing it, and therefore, not knowing the best way to deal with it...Dangit, I thought I was done having to troubleshoot for a while. I guess that's how things with kids go though, eh? The fact that you think you finally have them figured out, and then they're all, "Guess again, Mom. How 'bout some random midnight hissy fits to keep you on your toes?" Sigh.

The good news is, he always falls asleep eventually, and when he wakes up, he is so sweet and cute and wonderful that I can ignore the ulcer he's given me and look forward to a new day.

Oh, and our next challenge to tackle - getting A to stop sharing his food with Murph. Yeeeah, I'm thinking there's a good chance that'll be harder than trying to solve his sleep issues...

2 comments:

Oliver said...

Okay, Alex is looking really OLD. That first picture (and really all the following ones) is to-die-for cuteness. So so cute.

And sorry about the stress and freaking out....yeah, I got nothin'. Hang in there girl...I'm with you that it's likely a *hopefully* short-lived phase.

Amy said...

I'm freakin' out a little that you are freakin' out. This is the best baby on the planet and that tiny short lived whimper he gives ya just so you feel needed and wanted ain't nothin' child. I know, I know. It doesn't fee like it at 2 and 4 am.
Don't ya just hate it when they keep you up all night so you are worried and cranky and then they are so stinkin' dog gone cute that you can't give the whatforin' they need!?
Babies are so so sensative to YOUR stress. Honestly. Look at your behavior and body language. They can feel every bit of it just like a pat on the back, hug or kiss.
Another thing....kids are....kids. Definition-squirmy wandering energy balls who have no need for time or schedules in their world.
Take a breath, realize-yes-they are doing it on purpose to make you crazy. Take another embarrassing picture of him and smile knowing...one day you can get even. Maybe even two or three days with all the pictures you've taken!
Love ya all,
Granny B