Fortunately, this is not something that most parents have to endure for years on end but for those of us who do there is little we can do to change our circumstances. No bedtime routine or sleep training method is going to make my child sleep through the night. Believe me, I tried. Flora doesn't sleep in the car, she doesn't just pass out from playing, she fights sleep with every bit of will she has. Instead of falling asleep at bedtime when she is clearly exhausted, she will lie in bed and sing, talk or scream for hours until she just can't keep her eyes open any longer. Then, she wakes up in the middle of the night. Once. Twice. Three times? Then she sleeps until 6 if we're lucky.
It has gotten better recently. I think. When you've slept poorly for years sometimes it's hard to tell if it's getting better or if you're just getting used to it but mostly I think it's getting better. If you meet another exhausted parent like me please don't judge and imply that we must be doing something wrong because our child does not sleep as well as yours. Just accept that all children have different personalities and some are so intent on experiencing everything the world has to offer that they would rather do anything but sleep. If you're feeling really generous you could let us take a nap.
On a happier note, we went to the Children's museum today and Flora had a great time.
The museum has a new giant lite brite. It was more popular with the older kids but Flora gave it a try. Please notice her outfit. She picked it out herself. Who says you can't wear shorts when it's in the 40s?
Then there was some face painting.
Then it was off to work as a veterinarian.
Finally it was time to relax in the clay studio.
All this before lunch!
You may think i write a lot of posts about sleep but when you don't get enough it's hard to think of anything else. Despite the lack of sleep in our house we still have a lot of fun.
What are your thoughts on the Motherload post and sleep?