Monday, August 30, 2010

Life as we know it.....................

Is OVER!
About a week ago, Thad discovered how to escape his crib and our lives have not been the same since. One would think that since he didn't walk until he was 17 months old, that we might have a little time before we had to deal with this. But NO. About a week ago he figured out the vaulting maneuver necessary to launch from the mattress on the lowest setting, over the rail, in the highest position.
We use to lay him down in his crib, awake, and that was it, until about 7-8 in the morning. Not anymore! I feel like we have a newborn again!! 2 nights ago it took 2 hours to get him to stay in his bed. We put him back to bed 37-yes, I counted-37 times! We tried putting the mattress on the floor, thinking the idea of being trapped in was making him upset. This did NOT work. It took him 2.5 seconds to get up and to his door instead of the 4.5 second it took from his crib. We tried holding the door closed. For about 15 minutes he cried, banged on the door and stuck his adorable little fingers under the door, then finally just as we suspected............SILENCE. We let several silent minutes pass then decided to sneak in and carry the sleeping angel to bed. We slowly opened the door- and found him sitting on the floor wide awake staring at us. This was after about an hour of trying. You would think he would be exhausted by then. We sure were.
Last night, we finally got him to sleep about 8:30 (this is about his normal bed time, but we started early.). He was up at 10:30, 11:30, and then at 4:00 for good! He would not go back to sleep and both boys were awake when I left for the gym at 4:50. That is just NOT RIGHT!
His nap times are shot too. He use to nap for at least 2 hours and sometimes 3, now it's 45 minutes if I'm lucky. I'm just thinking 8:30/9:00 pm until 4:00 am with a 45 minute nap is just not enough sleep for a 19 month old. Who's with me???
The only one who might be getting something out of this situation is Rhett. I've always said in the most loving way, that Rhett was my "difficult" child. Thad is lately making Rhett look like a Golden Child!! Kidding aside, I know that each child has their own special personality and I love that! I know God has big plans for both of my strong-willed (difficult), determined (stubborn) little guys. I pray as they grow he will use these characteristics in them to His glory!! (I also pray for more than 4 hours of sleep tonight!;)
Sorry there are no cute pictures to go with this post. There hasn't been much cuteness going on here lately. And if there was......I was too tired or frustrated to take a picture of it.
**If anyone has any tips to share for our little issue, please do.

9 comments:

Janice said...

I'm sorry I can't comment on this one. Papa and I are too busy laughing.

Katie said...

I am with Janice. I couldn't help but just laugh. I can feel your pain and have NO IDEA what to do. Sorry I am no help.

This really got me thinking I really really hope Brock never learns to crawl out!;)

Annie said...

Okay so you are going to think I am totally mean, but I say you purchase one of those net tents that go over the crib to keep the "cat" out. In your case it would keep the baby in. We were thinking of doing this when Coop crawled out, bc you described our nights pretty well, but because he was 22 months old we decided to move him to a big boy bed and fight that stage. Seriously, if Ruby started crawling out and got up for good at 4:00, I would happily trap her in her bed with the "tent".

Leslie said...

I'm with Annie on this one. I would get creative with confinement, it's for his own good.

I hope things get better, I cannot imagine my kids up at 4AM, I would go nuts very quickly.

Kristen said...

I don't know what to tell you...both of my girls are complete angels! HA!!

Sarah said...

Ok, I have to say I was sort of relieved to read your post, because when Abigayle was able to get out of bed by herself, this is exactly how I felt "our lives will never be the same!". I really don't have any suggestions because we are still fighting the same battle, she doesn't get up that many times but it has definitely cut down on my sleeping because I cannot sleep until I know that she is in her bed asleep, which sometimes takes hours!! We are getting ready to move her to a big girl bed because little brother is going to need the crib soon! Good luck! You are not alone!

Jennifer said...

the tent thing is a good idea. with caleb we put a metal (heavy duty) gate that you have to step with adult weight to open in his door way so he couldn't come out of his room. that didn't stop him from fighting sleep, but at least kept him in his room. sorry about this. it is so frustrating!!

Mandy said...

I'm a little late on reading this so I'm hoping you have that tent purchased and in place for your own sanity. And it is sooooo just like you to count all 37 of those times! :)

Anonymous said...

I suck coz I only appear to be able to think of one joke and one joke alone...

Why did the plane crash into the house????



COZ THE LANDING LIGHT WAS ON!!