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I need some help with DS 3.5yr sleeping.

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TheSunTheMoonTheTruth Sat 27-Jul-13 21:09:36

He has always been an awful sleeper, not sleeping through the night, not going to bed, waking up at stupid o'clock. We have worked on it in a variety of ways through the years, nothing seems to work, apart from time, slowly he has improved his sleeping but he doesn't like being on his own when he sleeps. Dd and he now share a room and for a while it was hard works but in time this settled. He often comes in with us about 5am but goes back to sleep immediately and it's hugely better than when he used to wake at 5am for the day.

Recently thorough is bedtime routine has been thrown fully. It's probably stemming from, or made worse by sleeping in the car. If he sleeps in the car for even 5 mins any time of the day, his night routine is buggered and e goes to sleep at 10pm! Or even later. But Now, even without a nap in the car his bedtime sleeping is absolutely fucked.

He laughs and plays and winds his sister up, gets up and talks to me, cries. This evening he tried the 'I am scared, I need you to sleep with me, I will have bad dreams!' number on me, obviously didnt wash but he kept it up. I had to get DD up as he was upsetting her.

He is now asleep, having cried himself to sleep. Like most evenings at 9pm. I am just so fed up now. I get no time to myself. DD is exhausted, she is an early riser, and despite not going to sleep last night til 9.30pm due to her brother playing up, she was up at 6am. She is just 7 so needs more sleep! And did I mention no time to myself? None. I am so fucking tired as I don't sleep well any more (combination of pain due to back problem and 3 years of a boy who wakes me up at night). I wanted to sit quietly and drink a glass of wine and watch a film but I am too tired now. Have my wine but not enjoying it.

I just want to go away for a couple of days and get away from the constant harrowing bedtime routine which starts at 7pm and goes on for two hours or more.

Any suggestions?

wouldyoupleasemove Tue 30-Jul-13 13:44:27

She may be coming down.with something. I am on pox her best friend had it. She loves drinking bath water and drank loads last night and milk etc. Normally she wakes for a wee but could have just not once...

TheCountessOlenska Tue 30-Jul-13 19:27:19

OMG that sounds amazing! i am buying it as soon as i've finished putting my over tired screaming 3 year old to bed!!

AllSWornOut Tue 30-Jul-13 21:42:04

How did it go tonight OP?

I am very tempted to get it as well as DC1 has got into some bad going to sleep habits (although not as bad as yours) and DC2 is due any time now so we're starting to get a bit worried ad to how to manage bedtimes for the two of them.

TheSunTheMoonTheTruth Wed 31-Jul-13 09:12:10

I'm sorry I didn't post last night.

Last night was mixed, but there was a reason.

DS - he actually ASKED to go to bed and have the CD on when I said it was almost time for bed 'can I go to bed now mummy? put my story on?' He lay down with his bear in his hands, playing with it gently while listening to the music. He was asleep at 7:5PM!!! Slept all night woke very early but there is a reason.

DD - at 7:55 pretty much exactly (that's how I know DS was asleep) she got up out of bed, with a bit of blood coming from her mouth, all excited as she had just pulled her wobbly tooth out. DH was out, and she wouldn't settle, calm music or not until DH got back so she could show him (it's her second tooth but she swallowed her first one!). So she was all hyped up and excited about the tooth fairy coming. Then she woke early this morning to find the tooth fairy had been and woke her brother up with excitement grin

So. WOW again. There was NO fuss from DS. Not a murmur. It seems to good to be true. Which means it probably is, but we shall see <fingers crossed>

TheSunTheMoonTheTruth Wed 31-Jul-13 09:13:06

oh and after the first night, they both slept until after 7:30am. grin

wouldyoupleasemove Wed 31-Jul-13 09:33:05

Well done OP's DS. For your DD the tooth I think can safely fall into the party/ cake category. I still wonder when it.will stop working. My DD did 8-8 last nite which would have been great for all except the baby is on a developmental leap and wanted to practise crawling between 3 and 5 amgrin

AllSWornOut Wed 31-Jul-13 10:09:14

Ooh, sounds like it want just a one off then. Think I might take a £12 risk on it then smile

wouldyoupleasemove Wed 31-Jul-13 14:03:58

It might be worth seeing if your local library has it. I noticed that ours has the baby one which is just music. But defo try before new baby. I was stuck on sofa feeding the baby starving hungry myself and poor DH was trying to settle our eldest for hours

Apileofballyhoo Wed 31-Jul-13 16:53:00

Would a 10 year old be too old for the CD? It sounds brilliant.

TheSunTheMoonTheTruth Wed 31-Jul-13 20:41:45

apile it's worth a go, DD is 7 and she loves it, but only had one evening to try it on her as last night was a no-no due to tooth fairy excitement. I settled DS, this time I lay with him and let his sister stay up for a short while as she is 7 now, she wanted some time on her own/then with me. I settled him at 8pm. And we listened to Wee Willie Winkie! He hasn't heard that one yet as he is asleep during the first one! He was like 'he's a boy, like me!'. He was out within 10 mins. Loving this!

DD has gone to bed listening to the first one about Twinkle Little Star, not sure if she is asleep, but she is quiet grin. I tried to lay with her but she wiggles and fusses and shuffles about, so I left as I was disturbing her being there. Definitely one to leave them to on their own once normal bedtime snuggles and stories have been done.

TheCountess did you buy one? I bought it from iTunes mainly so I had it instantly that evening!

Apileofballyhoo Wed 31-Jul-13 21:44:43

I wish I'd heard about this years ago - it's for my Dnephew who finds it hard to sleep and wakes early. Poor little chap hasn't had the easiest time of it. He is better than he was but it might still be helpful.

Delighted for you anyway, it sound like it's really been a Godsend!

TheSunTheMoonTheTruth Wed 31-Jul-13 22:20:58

Apile I wish I had tried something like this earlier too! God knows why I didn't, but certainly this particular CD is amazing!

Both children snuggled soundly asleep. Dh came in from work and crept in to see them, amazed at how peaceful they both look. Sometimes DS looks like he has had a fight with the covers and lost, sometimes he has fallen onto the floor while wriggling grin He is currently asleep on his back in pretty much the same position he went to sleep in. AAWww.

And, their moods have been great today, as has mine. I have felt less irritable and there has been far less bickering between the two of them. DS is listening more and honestly, his tantrums have reduced. It's just amazing the trickle effect of how tired they have been and how it's fixing those other problems.

Shall I say it's amazing again?

wouldyoupleasemove Wed 31-Jul-13 22:42:38

So glad it is working for you op ..It can't be nice for the child to go to bed after all that agro and we have seen --some --improvement in DD behaviour since bedtime got better. Very bad bedtime here due to cake, builders and DH being late. To think we did that every nite...shock

TheSunTheMoonTheTruth Thu 01-Aug-13 18:38:42

wouldyou another great night! DS slept in his own bed all night, and came up to ours at about 7am!

wouldyoupleasemove Thu 01-Aug-13 19:10:55

Bloody amazing grin grin grin grin grin

TheSunTheMoonTheTruth Fri 02-Aug-13 10:54:26

not such a good night last night. DS power napped for like 3 minutes max! He snuck it in at 6:45pm when not looking and when I tried to, in turn, sneak him into bed, he woke up, bright eyed and bushy tailed and would not go to bed at his normal time! He wanted his sister to read him a story and between getting up a million time, finally went to sleep at 9pm. Grrrr. Can't have it completely perfect can we grin

Apileofballyhoo Fri 02-Aug-13 12:54:37

I suppose 9pm isn't too bad!

wouldyoupleasemove Fri 02-Aug-13 15:56:20

The late nap ...its a killer.Fingers crossed for tonight x

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