Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Oh Sleep, Oh Quiet, How I Miss You

Langley has always been a champ when it comes to sleeping.  But since we've been paci-free, naps are 1 hour - like to the minute, exactly 1 hour and she wakes up screaming.  Not talking or whining, screaming.

Bed time is usually between 7 and 7:30 because we are all exhausted, but gone are the days of staying in bed until 8 (for her, I never did this.)  Now, between 6:30-7:00 AM she is whining and crying loudly

I realize some people would give anything for their child to sleep 11 hours at night and nap for any amount of time during the day, but I miss sleep.  I miss quiet time during the day.  We are tired and sometimes miserable. 

And, I'm not going to give her the paci - I'm way too stubborn for that, and I know it's in her best interest to be without it.  But, I just don't know what to do.  It's been over 2 weeks of this.  I need 2 hours of quiet during the day.  I need it.  I don't care if she sleeps, but I just want her to be quiet.  I don't know how to make that happen.

Honestly, she's watched a lot more TV and movies, just so I can have a moment to use the bathroom or sweep the floor or just lay down in peace during the day.  I know I'm complaining, but I'm also asking for any advice you may have on gettting a toddler to rest during the day.


Cari said...

Lincoln will sometimes wake up an hour into his nap but I just let him cry it out. The expectation is that he stays in his crib for 2.5 to 3 hours EVERY DAY. And if he cries the whole time then so be it but no getting out before then. You may not be a fan of crying it our just ignoring her but I find it to be pretty effective after about 2 days of doing that. Good luck! :)

I live for nap time!

Shanda said...

If you sneak into her room after she's asleep and put a couple of books in her bed, will she look at those when she wakes up, giving you at least a few extra minutes? That worked for Parker, but didn't for the other two.

Love seeing the pictures you post! Miss you!