Wednesday, 15 February 2012

The Sleep Diaries: Day 1

I know that I'm going to be woken up really early, so why don't I go to bed earlier?  *yawn*

Anyway, last night I set K's clock for 5am which I thought was quite optimistic but I'm only prepared to set a clock for pre-5am if we're going on holiday somewhere.

As expected at 4.30 K woke up.  He climbed out of bed and stood at the door crying.

No problem.  I fell jumped out of bed, went into his room, showed him the clock, told him it was still night time, put him back into bed, tucked him in and left the room.  As I walked out of the room he called out "Night".  

Seriously?  Is it as easy as just buying a clock?

5 minutes later, just as I was going back to sleep (it's always the way), I heard a thump (as he climbed out of bed) and then more crying at the door.

*sigh* I guess it isn't going to be that easy after all.

I went in again and repeated the same process - pointed out the clock and told him it was still night time, tucked him in and left the room.

Then he slept/stayed in bed until 5.15.  Woo hoo.  To those of you with children who sleep well this probably doesn't seem like a big deal, but it really is for us.  Normally, once K's up for the day there's no getting him back to sleep, so the fact that he stayed in bed for at least another 30 minutes is a major victory.

I really hope this clock thing works.  I'm so tired all the time, I have no patience at all (not that I ever had that much to begin with) and I'm always cranky.

Fingers crossed.


  1. I am so cheering for you right now! Another thing that really worked for us - leaving the door open a crack. For whatever reason, all of a sudden one day E hated having the door closed, and just having it open a crack made her happy. Mind you, she was in her crib and otherwise I'm not sure that it's feasible in your case, but maybe?

    1. We have K's door closed for many reasons - noise, psychotic cat, wandering toddler issues. He's fine when I put him to bed though - he doesn't seem to mind the door closed then. We'll see how things progress though - I might be willing to try anything after a few more weeks of this craziness.