My darling little toddler has decided, once again, that sleeping through the night is boring. We've experienced a lot of changes in her sleep habits since moving, and somehow I'm never prepared for how it feels to be sleep-deprived.
Aspen recently reverted to her 530am wake-up call, only now she goes back to her bed and closes the door (instead of needing me to lay with her in bed). The difference this time, however, is that she proceeds to talk and sing AT THE TOP OF HER LUNGS until her digital clock reads 7, which is when she knows she is allowed to come out of her room in the morning.
Even with a pillow over my head I can't drown out her beautiful singing.
So we had a talk about not drinking too much before bedtime, and about quietly going back to bed after a mid-night bathroom break. We had one successful night and then she got up three times in one hour to "pee." I say "pee" because it became obvious after the first visit to the bathroom that there was really no urgency to continue using the facilities; it was all for the heck of getting out of bed and talking about Blue's Clues.
Now, if I myself had better sleep habits, this might not be such a big deal. But I keep routinely falling asleep on the couch between 9 and 10pm while watching "Gilmore Girls." So when I finally drag myself to bed for real at midnight or whenever, my body is like, THANKS FOR THE NAP NOW WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO WEEEE?! And I lay in bed forever not feeling sleepy anymore. It's like hearing a velociraptor opening a door when Aspen's knob is turned. I'm immediately tensed for the impending doom that is another sleepless night.
Last night she spent an hour pretending to pee and then I finally laid down with her in her room. I watched that little stubborn kid will her eyes open time and time again when the lids started to drift closed. I think she was so busy having conversations with all her imaginary friends that she couldn't bear to sleep. Thankfully she did nod off (as did I) and I was able to return to my bed when I woke at 330 and realized I was still sharing a twin bed with a dog, a toddler, two pillows and a giant stuffed hippo.
So what is the lesson to be learned? I need to stop being such a bum and go to bed senior-citizen-early so I can keep up with Aspen's endless energy day and night. We'll see how I do tonight.
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