Thursday, July 14, 2005

Go To Sleep

EJP has been waking up in the middle of the night and yelling at the top of his lungs and crying until we lie down with him. When we leave, likely he'll wake up and start up again. Of course, he wants mom more than me; often, he yells all the louder when I appear.

I decided I was done with the interruptions in my sleep. I'm cranky enough when I get good sleep.

Rather than letting RCP comfort him, I have been going up for the past two nights. Without saying a word, I would point to his bed (and push him along if he resisted) until he got back in bed. Then I would stand there, still not speaking, until he stopped yelling and went to sleep.

Two nights ago, I did the above routine at 11PM and 4AM. Last night, he slept until 5:15AM and went back to sleep more quickly, with less fuss.

I can't continue the procedure tonight, as I'm out of town, but I told RCP the routine and I hope it works for her. It is my dream that when I return home on Saturday, I'll get a full night's sleep.

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