Thursday, November 09, 2006

Fighting Sleep

I have a major problem....Jackson hates sleeping! He wakes up fine, takes a good hour nap in the morning, plays for a bit, and normally takes about a 2 hour nap in the afternoon...but at night, he's a monster! I don't think he hates sleeping, he hates the feeling of getting sleepy and the sensation of relaxing and falling asleep. We sit and rock and sing, and as soon as he starts to get sleepy and rub his eyes, he fights it (and me) by kicking his legs, humming, throwing his head around, fussing...this lasts about 15-20 minutes until he is just so worn out that he lays his head on my shoulder and hums until he is conked out. He is getting the right amount of sleep a day, he just hates the sensation of falling asleep! Go figure! So tonight, we tried a new, earlier routine. At 7:00pm, he got his rice cereal. At 7:30pm, he got his bath and jammies. At 8:00, we started singing and rocking, and by 8:30pm he was asleep...and so far at 9:30, he's still out. Sometimes, he will go down early and then wake up at around 10:00 and want to play til 11:00--we're not doing that tonight! We're going to try this new routine for the next few nights and see if it takes. Wish us luck!!






4 comments:

Annette said...

The little guy just doesn't want to miss anything! Great plan, good luck:)

Orvis Family said...

I'll tell you what Ramie--
Honestly I have no great words of wisdom...Macy just started sleeping all the way thru at about 8 weeks and has ever since......
I wish I could help! He just wants to look at you as long as he can!

Sheri said...

I can relate Ramie - for several weeks Lea has said the same thing about Cooper. He is fussy in the evening because he fighting going to sleep. She had heard that you should put them to sleep earlier, looks like you are doing the right thing. GOOD LUCK!

Ramie Babcock said...

It worked! He slept from 8:30 to 5:30am! Yeah! Now, if only mommy could go to sleep earlier than midnight....