Goodness. Where to start?
Do you ever feel like your children are the puppetmasters at your house? I do. Lately it has been all sorts of crazy. And the kids have had ALL the control.
Brigitte. Oh Brigitte. Where do I start? Her high energy and relentless persistence to sleep in MY bed at bedtime has almost done me in. Last friday night Gabe was out of town and I was left alone to wrestle the babies into bed. Somehow they were both in their beds asleep -by 9. This never happens. And I should have known it was too good to be true!
At 230 in the morning Brigitte wakes up screaming hysterically. I ran into her room to find her standing in her bed terrified and crying. She then proceeds to tell me this long story about an "aldergator that eated her little body"! And it "chomped chomped on her hands" And when I asked her where it was, she told me with absolute certainty that it lives in her bathroom.
Great. A nightmare about alligators chomp chomping her little body. There was no getting her back into her bed that night. And now here we are a week later still trying to convince her that there are NO ALDERGATORS in her room. She fights us big time on this.
We put her to bed at 8. And then for the next 4 hours she gets out of bed repeatedly and stands at my bedside crying to sleep with us. She adamantly insists that there are in her room. Finally when she does pass out, its only for a few hours and then she is awake for the day at 630 am. I dont know how she does it.
Two nights ago It was the same old thing - brigitte crying, whining, having tantrums not wanting to stay in her bed. We finally as a last resort went to bed and locked our bedroom door so she couldnt keep coming in. Three times she came and sat wailing by our door, and then went back to her room crying. Each time we told her "Goodnight, go get in your bed!". The fourth time she came to our door she was crying pretty good and started coughing. And then yes - PUKED EVERYWHERE.
That will teach us to lock her out.
So at that point I was so frustrated with her, but I felt bad that she was having a nervous breakdown. Ive just had it. ALL NIGHT, EVERY NIGHT its the same battle. She wants to sleep in our room. She gets up repeatedly keeps us awake all night long, and then wakes up super early in the morning.
Oh and lets not forget Spencer. His room shares a wall with her bedroom. So each time she throws a fit - he wakes up too. And my little butters refuses to put himself to sleep in his bed. He has to be nursed and completely unconscious when I lay him down or he WAILS. I have tried to put him to bed hazy and let him fall asleep there - but he gets so worked up he will actually skip napping. Or - worse it will start him on a tantrum of his own where he will cry for no good reason unable to be calmed down. We call it 'losing his mind'. Nothing consoles him.
Spencer will not take a bottle consistently. Every once in a while he will take it - but its unreliable. And bless his heart he wants to nurse every 3 hours around the clock. I get up with him at least twice a night. And usually its more because Brigitte is hard to keep quiet.
sooooo....any ideas? And before you tell me to let them 'cry it out' know this: brigitte throws up, and spencer will just cry and cry and cry. We've tried it. Baby wise, healthy sleep happy child, I've read them. Id pay you a million dollars if you could get my kids on a schedule. They have no self-soothing capabilities. For two weeks I have structured the life out of them - and they will NOT comply.
I have realized that I know Where the wild things are. They are in MY house!