Sleep: What's REM Got to do With It
To Sleep or Not to Sleep
Thanks for the suggestion that Ethan needs more sleep. I completely agree. It's one of those things that we, as the adults, totally get even if it inspires fits from our children. But unfortunately, you can't make someone go to sleep. And believe me, we've tried it all. The bedtime routine, going to bed earlier, going to bed later, eliminating the nap, not responding to his calls.
The unfortunate downside of potty training is that we can't completely ignore him. He says he has to pee and we have to let him go to the potty. We've suggested going in his diaper, but Ethan refuses to do it, and frankly it seems contradictory to force him. And if he poops, well he can't sit in that overnight. If only there was a way to turn off his digestive system at a certain time each evening.
Sometimes I wonder if sleep problems are genetic. I was a horrible sleeper as a child. As an infant, my mom used to walk the streets trying to get me to conk out. As a child, I suffered insomnia and pleaded with my mom to let me lay on the couch while she watched TV along after my bedtime. I was probably the only kindergartener staying awake to watchDallasandDynasty.By late elementary school, I watched TV in my room, the volume on low, and she didn't even know I was up. Which is why I was shocked when I hit 25 and could barely keep my eyes open past 10.
Ethan has never been a good sleeper. I spent most of his naps during my maternity leave holding him. If I put him down, he'd wake up screaming. (And I still tell people he was an easy baby. He was happy and smiling as long as I held him ALL THE TIME. But isn't that what you do with a newborn?) If I wasn't holding him, it was because we were napping together. (I miss those days!) Daycare wouldn't hold him during a nap so Ethan didn't sleep more than 10 minutes in a row during the day until his first birthday. I remember arriving to pick him up, and finding him passed out in the middle of the playmat, other babies all around him. "He fell asleep playing and we were too scared to move him," they'd say. I didn't blame them.
There were many nights we drove around for 15, 20, 40 minutes until he fell asleep. This was after trying everything else we could think of, including cry it out. Ethan didn't cry it out. Ethan cried until he hyperventilated and was still wide awake hours later. When we moved him to a toddler bed, it was so much easier. Most mornings he wanders in around 6 and we snuggle right back to sleep until it's time to get up for the day.
When Ethan started napping consistently around age one, we fell into a pattern. He sleeps badly for a few weeks, getting by with his naps. The lack of
sleep catches up with him and after a super cranky day, he crashes
earlier than usual. Not early. No, not Ethan. He might miss something. Because that's really the issue: Ethan has to be a part ofeverything.And yes, we've tried pretending we are asleep in our room, watching movies on our laptop in the dark, but he doesn't fall for it. After his earlier night, we are good for few weeks.
Is it the ideal situation? No. But it's the best we can do. And someday, he'll find us completely boring and beg to stay in his room. And then EJ and I can finally watch theTudorsDVD we rented from Netflix over two months ago, a DVD that is too racy to watch while Ethan is potentially spying from his room. Ethan prefersThe Officeanyway.
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