Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Toddler sleep deprivation

Today we went on a trip to our local pick your own farm with some of our friends. We had a great time and the kids were filthy by the end of it, sign of a good day if you ask me!
It is now 8pm and you would expect the kids to both be asleep as they were shattered. One is asleep and one isn't. Take a guess as to who is still up, you guessed it Charlie.

This has been going on for nearly a month now and the last time I felt this tired was when the kids were babies. If I'm this tired then how is he not?! Charlie has played up at bedtime ever since he went from a cot to a bed. He was OK for the first few weeks and then the freedom got the better of him and he now spends more time going up and down our stairs than in his bedroom. It is very rare that he gets into bed and goes straight to sleep. 

In the past few weeks things have got a lot worse and something has to change. He has now started to wake up several times in the night. He either comes into our room, goes into his sister's room or puts the light on in his room and just sits awake. Myself and my husband are light sleepers since having our children so thankfully we wake up when the kids do. One time last week though we woke up at 6.30am and found Charlie asleep on our bedroom floor with no idea how long he had been there. I have to say this really upset me when I realised where he had been since I don't no what time. 

He doesn't seem to be scared of anything, he doesn't cry and doesn't ask for anything. The majority of the time he just says it's boring, as in being in his room/going to sleep is boring. We have tried later bedtimes, putting his baby lullaby music back on in his room, a night light and staying with him. We have tried many more things but my poor brain just cannot think right now. He has a story at bedtime, he has a bath and his room is super cosy. He doesn't nap anymore and hasn't done for months. The only time he will fall asleep is if we are in the car anytime after 4pm, he will be gone if this is the case.

I have spoken to many parents, online and in real life and they have all said that at some point this 'blip' just happens to toddlers. They go through a phase of thinking that sleep is for the weak. We never went through this with Isabelle so I think we must have just been lucky. Of course when a new day begins and with all the broken sleep Charlie has had, he isn't in the best of moods to say the least. I do very much feel like we are back with a newborn baby again and it's honestly killing me! Unless you have gone through it yourself I cannot explain how bad it is, sleep deprivation is just the worst! I dread the bedtime battle to get him to sleep and now we have him waking up multiple times in the night. I want him to sleep well for himself, so that he is happy. It has started to affect Isabelle and her sleep which really isn't great. 

I am very much hoping that this 'blip will be over soon but I have the feeling that it will be sticking around for a while. I would love to hear from you if you have gone through similar and any suggestions you might have. Here's to team no sleep!

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