Sunday, September 13, 2009

To sleep or not to sleep?!

{4 years old and fighting bedtime}

So lately Chase has been 'stalling' bedtime and asking questions over and over again, just to stay awake a few minutes longer. We have a set schedule for is as follows...
We try to get the kids in bed by 8:15 pm, so we start getting PJ's on at around 7:55-8:00. We get them in their PJ's (or lack there of, if you are a 4 year old little boy that just likes to sleep in your underwear) Then we brush teeth and go potty and then pick out some books to read in one of their rooms. After we read the books, we give hugs and kisses, start their music and fans and say goodnight.
Here is my problem...Abby...she goes to be like an angel. Well, after we give all her babies and stuffed animals in her a bed a kiss and tuck her in with 2 covers.
Chase is a different story. He will ask us quite a few times if we are staying downstairs (where all the bedrooms and our family room is). He will ask us this over and over again, no matter how many times we tell him yes, he still questions us. He thinks we are going to go upstairs to the living room and hang out upstairs and leave him downstairs. {I know I had the same fear as a child, but I don't remember asking my parents 25 times a night.
Also, he will get up about 2-3 times, after we put him to bed, and tell us he has to go pee. When we put him to bed, he goes pee and we tell him, if you have to go potty after you are in bed, just get up and go and then get back in don't need to tell us every time. Yet he still comes out and finds us, just to say he has to go to the bathroom. I think it is his way of checking to see if we are downstairs.
By this time, he finally falls asleep about 30-40 minutes after we have put him to bed.

I am sure I am the only one with a kid who does these strange things, but if there is by some chance another family out there that has had similar situations, PLEASE let me know if there is anything that works or helps. I would try just about anything to get him to stay in bed and go to sleep, when I put him there.
All I want to see at night are my energetic children getting their beauty sleep, because unfortunately, they got their 'lack of sleep crabbiness' from their mommy.

{It this too much to ask for?}



PotterMama said...

I know how you feel! My two year old has been fighting her sleep, and is not trying to cut out naps all together!!!

PotterMama said...

I know how you feel! My two year old has been fighting her sleep, and is not trying to cut out naps all together!!!

Stephanie said...

We've found that it's a game and trust me with our boys we've had plenty of those. As a matter of fact we have one that is playing that game right now as I type.

We make sure they get a drink and potty right before bed then once they're in there then there's no excuse for getting up anymore. The getting up and going to the potty multiple times turns into a game and I realized that very quickly! There are still nights that we have issues but more than not things go pretty smoothly.

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