Even though both Jillian and I have been down this road before, I’m going to talk about sleeping. Again. Or perhaps this time I should say the lack thereof. Because Ev’s always been a good sleeper, waking consistently around 7:00 a.m., I can’t complain too terribly that now he has been waking up by 5:30 (and twice as early as 4:30!)
But I can seek suggestions or at least some commiseration. This started right around when Daylight Savings Time started so I chalked it up to adjusting to the new schedule. But that was almost a month ago now. We have tried pushing his bedtime later, thinking that he would sleep later, but that did not work. He just got up at the same early time, but was even more cranky and irritable. We have tried telling him it isn’t time to get up and treating it as though it was any other unreasonable time in the middle of the night but will not go back to sleep. I could manage this new schedule (I think) if Ev woke up raring to go and was able to last until nap time, but he is waking up tired. He has even fallen asleep on the way to child care.
I did some reading and found some information that made sense to me. It said that maybe Ev isn’t getting enough sleep so he isn’t sleeping soundly. Meaning, if I put him to bed earlier, maybe he would sleep longer. It also suggested having him in bed 4 – 5 hours after he wakes up from nap. Seems simple.
I began last week thinking I’d move Ev’s bedtime up to 7 or 7:30 (he gets up from nap at child care between 2 and 2:30 usually). But by the time I got Ev home, dinner on the table, him bathed, pajamas on and books read, it was past 8:00. My evening was stressful because I felt like we had to pack so much into a tiny period.
I also hate the adult time I am losing. We can choose to be up for an hour or two after Ev goes to bed for adult time, watching reality television or doing the dishes, or we can go to bed when Ev does so we aren’t as tired as he is in the morning. I am trying to get to work earlier so I can leave earlier, but some days that is easier than others.
If adjusting his schedule just isn’t working for us, my hope is that this is just a phase. Only time will tell.