December 6 04

Thank you Simon and Garfunkel. it is the sound of silence for the first time this evening.

argh.

my son usually goes to bed at 7. it’s our nightly routine. we change him, give him his sippy of milk (i know…we are horrible parents…but at least we got rid of the paci at 15 months…) grab his 2 blankets and haul him off to bed. no songs, no stories. he was sooo easy.

until last week hit.
this sweet, little innocent child:

has become:

I swear. i don’t know what happened to him. he’s decided that when we put him to bed, the first thing he is going to try is to be sweet, “Take me out. please.” and then when we say no, his next tactic is to scream. And on several occasions, he’s screamed until he’s puked (yes, you are all remembering now…”me puke in me bed”) and duh duh duh duh, surprisingly, each time he’s done this, my husband has been nowhere to be found! yes, the first time he did come back from Dave’s to give Josh a bath…

what the heck am i going to do? why, all of a sudden, does my son hate to sleep? it’s pulling at my heartstrings…listening to him wail away….please mommy, take me out of here. oy. it’s so sad.

and i am having a completely unproductive evening – it was supposed to be spent making Chanukah cookies and scrapbooking – i have done neither. given up on the cookies. i was supposed to start at 7:30 and seeing how now it’s after nine…it’s not happening. i will be picking up cookies from the bakery tomorrow (sorry Sharon and Zvi…:)) and i suppose i will go get some scrapbooking in right now.

now that he’s quiet.
please please please don’t let me be jinxing myself…

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  1. hopefully, it’s just a phase. i think you’re doing the right thing… not caving and trying to just stick with the routine.

    will cross fingers in hopes that this phase will be over soon. but yeah, it’s tough. listening to them cry out for you.

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    Comment by shy on December 6, 2004
  2. i hear ya!! my daughter has also always been super-easy to put to bed. our only “routine” has been saying good night and i love you. so easy.

    she’s 2 and a half now and a few months ago it’d become “i want the OTHER baby” insert other baby “no the OTHER baby” insert ALL other babies “no, not ALL the babies – wahh!!” very demanding.

    when i did walk away anyway, she’d call, “Mommy, I love you, come get me.” then a little louder “i want you, mommy.” then, screaming, “mommy, i NEED you! come get me!” until it became ballistic screaming and nails scratching on the door trying to turn the baby-proofed knob and head banging against door.

    heart wrenching. but you gotta do what you gotta do. they need to sleep and so do we. we eventually thought to put that canopy up over her bed and it seems to have helped. i think she felt a bit lost in such a big bed in such a big room, you know.

    is josh in a bed or a crib?

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    Comment by chisparoja on December 7, 2004
  3. Thanks for all your support, guys! I really need it today. Last night left me so frustrated….especially because at 3:30 am i had my daughter in my bed wanting to watch television….

    oh, and Josh is in a crib. we didn’t want to move him until we HAD to – because we had to move Emily at 18 months because we needed the crib for Joshie.

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    Comment by Ali on December 7, 2004
  4. Wow. I guess with our daughter at 4 months we’ve got it easy – so far. I can tell you I’m not looking forward to the bed-time brouhaha.

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    Comment by Sean on December 7, 2004
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