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Dec. 4th, 2008

Since I have gone back to work The Boy Who Could Be Relied On To Sleep For Eleven Hours In A Row Or So has been waking up at least once a night. Before when he did this it was enough to re-insert dummy and pat him on the back and off to sleep he would go. But no more! Now a condembed parent has to spend at least half an hour sitting by his bed while Matei simulates deep sleep and then every ten minutes or so pokes up his face to see if you're still there. Like a Meercat. Or a Spy.

And if you have walked out of his room before he was truly deeply asleep for REALS, well then god help you because that child will scream the house down in his terror.

I figure it's just some separation anxiety - I work erratic hours and it's probably very confusing for him - I was there and now I am not there, and who knows why we go and reappear and who knows if we just don't come back one day? However, it is difficult enough since Z and I have become lazy and now need like 6 hours of sleep per night to be fresh and fully functional and not fall asleep on the floor while he bangs on us with a plastic hammer. And having your sleep bisected every night is really screwing with our ability to not look like zombies at work.

So we have been been stumbling half-asleep into his room and lugging Mini-KGB into our bed with the result that we all fall into a coma within minutes, because the instant he feels my arm around him he is out like a light. And then some hours later one adult sleepily stumbles about with infant and deposits infant in its own bed, in its own room and shuts the door and runs away while he is not looking.

Is this a Great Strategy Allowing For Parents To Feel Refreshed And Everyone To Go Back To Sleep With Much Less Effort or Setting Us Up For Some Major Fail In The Making where the kid uses his greater wisdom and physical strength to refuse to sleep anywhere but in our bed?

I have no idea. Only Time Will Tell.
(cue Eastenders type music).

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biascut
Dec. 4th, 2008 10:39 am (UTC)
condembed parent

Marvellous typo!
casaubon
Dec. 4th, 2008 11:03 am (UTC)
We did something similar, though we never bothered to take him out of our bed once we'd put him in it. And he never ever slept for 11 hours.

We've got a wide bed, so it was possible to sleep with him in there. Although he did quite like gently kicking one of us while gently pinching the other. He slept across the bed to take up maximum space.

We never had any trouble with getting him to sleep in his cot in the evening. He seemed to think that it was a fine place to go to sleep, but once Mummy & Daddy were in bed it was an utter affront to his human rights to stay in the cot.

Now he's a Big Boy with his own room and big bed, he tends to stay put all night. Though he still occasionally pads along the landing in the early hours and climbs in with us.

Kathy works shifts, so her days and hours of work are all over the place. Kids gets used to it.
creative__freak
Dec. 4th, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC)
couldn't you go sleep in his bed?

That'd confuse him :)
spoofed
Dec. 5th, 2008 10:16 am (UTC)
In my book, if it allows you to get some sleep, it is the best thing ever, and feck what the books/ gurus/ idiot HVs tell you.
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