All righty all you folks (ya know, the two of you) that read this blog, I desperately want some advice! My kids don't sleep. At all. Ever.
Ruth has never been very great at sleeping. When I had Will I realized just how tricky she could be because he was SOOO much easier. She usually wakes up at night. Once, sometimes twice(yes, even now at 3 years old). She is always up at the crack of dawn. She has not taken a nap since she was 18 months, and getting her to bed is the HARDEST. Usually we find something that works really great for a month or so before she goes back to screaming-like-her-arm-is-getting-sawed-off-slowly for at least twenty minutes before crashing. The lack of sleep definitely catches up with her and about every three days she has some major meltdown, and then I realize she is just REALLY tired. So sometimes she'll fall asleep while driving, only then you have to be SUPER careful about waking her up because if she wakes up just right then she does the same screaming fit in this not-quite-awake-not-quite-asleep phase that lasts at least twenty minutes. All in all, she's not the greatest at sleeping. Right now we've got a grand system involving stickers and chocolate milk and...well, basically bribing. But's its working for us right now.
She still gets up super early and she still gets up during the night, but as long as it was just her and a couple times to nurse the baby, I was doing all right.
Well, now things have changed. Will can crawl out of his crib. My angel sleeper that sleeps every where and any where and all the way through the night without any problems. So yesterday I took his mattress and put it under Ruth's bed (a makeshift trundle bed, if you will) so that he won't fall into the dresser or Ruth's bedposts while crawling out. I was worried about him going to bed (it took an hour two days ago, when he realized he could crawl out) so when he didn't take a nap due to piano lessons at our house, I just kept him up. He went down no problem, it was beauteous. Then he woke up at 4:40am (which is what he did yesterday) bright awake and ready to play.
Then the Molly problem. She has been going to sleep at 7pm with the other kids and just waking up every three hours to nurse, as per my kids usually are. Lately, she has been waking up at 4am and wanting to play. As in, she has to be held by my fingers to help her stand up, or be nursing, even though she's really not nursing, otherwise-- she's screaming. Which is miserable for everyone. Especially poor Sterling this morning who had to take a test at 8am.
Mostly though, this means I am up from 4am on. With Molly this has been going on for about a week now and slowly killing me. Now two days of Will and our morning looked like: mom huddled in a blanket on the couch while the kids at dry cereal while watching Peter Pan. Then two hours and fifty billion meltdowns later, Will and Molly are already down for naps and it is only 9am.
Sooo.....any suggestions? I already plan on putting their bedtime later than 7pm. Seven has always worked for us, and in the past the later I push it Ruth has still woken up at 6:30am, but maybe it would help Molly and Will. I did keep them up later last night, and I took Molly with me to Relief Society, so she was up until 9:30pm, but I know that it takes a couple weeks to kick in. Any other suggestions? If I lock Ruth in her room she'll wake up freaking out, but that's what I used to do when she was Will's age so she stayed asleep. But now they share a room.
Please make my children sleep. That is all.