Thirty Days-Day 6

“She used to say she could taste sleep and that it was as delicious as a BLT on fresh French bread.”

Rebecca Wells, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Just as quickly as we started to think things were improving, they started taking a turn for the worse.  When Zach started climbing out of the crib, we got a toddler bed for him.  Initially we would say “Time for bed” and Zach would trot into his room, climb in bed and that was that!  One day out of nowhere, that behavior ceased and Zach would not sleep!  Zach would scream and tantrum and be up for hours on end.  The only thing that would calm him was to watch a video.  If he watched the video once, he watched it 10 times.  This was a nightly ritual and we were all exhausted. This went on for months/years .  The sleep deprivation caused his behaviors to sky rocket and it still amazes me that Mike and I were able to be functional human beings in those days.  I am sure Emily was not well rested in those early days either but I think all of that “training” helps her sleep through just about anything now J.  I am so thankful that Mike and I were there (and still are there)  to help each other thru those never ending nights.  Our tag teaming abilities could rival the very best of the WWF!!

Eventually we found we could get Zach to sleep for a few hours on our couch.  This went on for about two years.  I am not sure what it was about the couch but we were happy to let him sleep anywhere.

We still have to lie down with Zach at night to get him to sleep and he continues to have frequent bouts of sleepless nights, or he wakes in the night and can’t get back to sleep.  We see this especially at the season changes or time changes or when his routine is out of the norm.  People often as how we know he is up at night: he is not sneaky or quiet, he runs through the hallways yelling loudly or comes down into our bedroom wide awake and raring to go!  This is a battle we have to take on this summer because someday we will not be around to help him get to sleep or to snuggle up with him to help him get back to sleep.

This has been one of the most trying aspects of life with Mr. Z.  We cherish the mornings that we all wake up refreshed after a full night of sleep!


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