Thursday, January 17, 2008

Night Swimming

Oh how much did I love that REM song when I was in college? - oh shit did I just date myself? Eh, I love it still when I hear it - well I hear it now floating around in my head & I am sitting here wondering if I still have a CD with that song on it somewhere. Or I could upload it to my as yet to be used iPOD. Seriously I am both to lazy and perhaps tech challenged to figure out how to make it work so it just sits at the computer desk un-used. HOW THE HELL DOES THAT THING WORK!?

The past two nights Matthew has been up. The night before last, he woke up screaming. About what you might ponder? Well, our bed time routine goes like this: we read books for bed, Matthew gets into bed and Kevin comes in and makes up a story than I go in and tell a story and in theory he is supposed to go to sleep. Well, I decided I read three books to Matthew and I was done, no story from me. SO I did not go back in and Matthew fell right to sleep. At 11:30p he was screaming. When I finally had him calmed down he said "Mommy tell me a story..." Apparently, I should have just sucked it up and told him the story at 8:00p, no?

In an attempt to get Matthew to sleep beyond 5:30a or at least STAY in bed until a more reasonable hour, we tried the paper with the number six written on it. I told him the numbers need to match at which point he can get up. He was so mad because I called it a "game" that he would not let me read the bed time stories and also stayed up until 9:15p. Sigh. BUT THEN he was up at 2:00a. He looked right at me and said "Mommy, I am up and I have to pee. Is it time to get up yet?!?! (All the while staring at the clock - in fear? trepidation that he missed SIX? ACK) Me: sobbing into my hands. I took him to the potty after which we sat in the chair for a few minutes to get him calmed back down for sleep. He did go back to sleep until he started screaming for us at the usual 5:40a. We will try again tonight just because I am stubborn & I am of the mind you have to try at least three times with toddlers before giving up.

Truth be known my kid - he gets too much sleep. He just does not have the capacity to sleep like other kids and I am coming to terms with this, seriously. If he goes to bed at 9p and gets up at 5:30-6:00a that is 9 hours plus an hour and 45 minute nap - that is what Matthew needs to be well rested & apparently what we are giving him is just too much, especially if I want him to sleep in beyond 5:40a. I wish it were not so but it is. I either give up the early mornings by putting him to sleep later or I give up watching my favorite shows by putting him to bed later. SUCH an issue, eh?! I would rather watch TV which is so utterly pathetic to admit and also I just need to get to bed on time...

On top of the recent early mornings and night time rumblings, can I just say I pee like 5, maybe 6 times a night? I know, it is normal but oh lawdy I am tired. Combined with our own bad habits of staying up too late, it has been a bit hellish in our home as of late.

8 comments:

AndreAnna said...

I'm already peeing at least 3 times a night and we don't have a bathroom on our top floor where our bedrooms are! UGH!

My kid has been getting up really early too for no particular reason. It's so tough on us.

She takes a 3 hour nap every day, but if I try and wake her and shorten it so she'll sleep longer at night, she's a beast the rest of the day.

It's like I can't win.

Melissa said...

Oh no! have you thought of putting a little potty seat in his room? Maybe tell him that he can just get out of bed and pee in the potty that is in his room...but would that cause a host of other issues down the road like only wanting to pee in his room? Not to mention the potential mess??? Grasping at straws here!

Don't feel bad about wanting some time in the evenings! I feel the same way. If there is a show on at 8:00 that we want to watch we tend to try to get L in bed just a little bit early so we can be ready for the show. Think of it like a date for you and Kevin...you wouldn't feel bad if the two of you were going to go out to see a movie!

Tessie said...

The early waking thing is so hard but if I'm being honest I prefer that to a late bedtime. At least I have a couple of hours at night after she goes to bed.

Bummer about the peeing. I thought that was SO ANNOYING when I was pregnant.

desperate housewife said...

One of the best things about our new house (assuming we ever flipping sell THIS one) is that it has a master bath. Come next pregnancy, at least I won't have to crash down the hallway in the dark half a dozen times each night!

LoriD said...

Have you considered a shorter nap, maybe earlier in the day? I would have a hard time giving up my nighttime TV habit or my morning alone time.

K and J's mom said...

I LOVE NIGHT SWIMMING...isn't the piano beautiful in that song? It always reminds me that I want to learn to play. I have it on CD if you want to borrow it for your never used Ipod.

I hear ya on the sleep! You'd think I wasn't sleeping d/t my 3 month old. Oh no. He's the only one GETTING any sleep in our house. K's sleep is a MESS! She keeps getting up around 4am. It's about to kill me. Or she and I are about to kill each is more like it sometimes. We are both all crabby and sleep deprived!!!

Welcome to our World said...

Nicki - I might have to borrow the CD but I have not looked at my own collection. I have a best of REM CD and I fairly certain the reason I bought it was because it had that song on it.

It must be something in the water! That is crazy that Kate keeps waking up at odd hours too! As an aside, Matthew was asking about her over the weekend - he said 'why did Kate have a dream about me?' I was trying to give him different reasons people dream about one another and he just kept saying WHY WHY WHY?!?!? Finally, I just said Kate likes you that is why. And he was very quiet (poor kid - when he is a teenager I am SO going to embarrass him a lot!!) LOL!

Life As I Know It said...

I remember replaying Night Swimming in college over and over again so I could write down all the lyrics. Loved that song. And album.
Hoping you get more sleep! It gets better. My 6 year old finally likes to sleep in.

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