You know what's ironic about the title of my last post? I still don't think my mom has even read it yet.
I need to clean my house with an urgency. And yet. Here I sit. Not doing anything urgently even though I should be. I hate cleaning anyway, and moving too much upsets my stomach at the moment. So yeah, it's like that. I'm sure I'll get off my butt and do something about it today, though. Ben keeps pulling can openers off the counter in the kitchen. You know what really sucks? That he can pull anything off the counter in the kitchen. Man, it is really annoying. It's my fault. I'm supposed to keep the counters clear, right? *grumble grumble*
Let's talk about Ben's sleep habits. I know how boring it must be, but it's an all encompassing endeavor over here. Before I started working at that temp job, Chris and I decided it was time to Get Serious about having Ben sleep on his own. We put a chair outside of his door and after his bedtime routine, we kissed him, said good night, and put him in his bed. Chris sat outside of his door until he fell asleep. It actually went really well. He got upset at first, but in a pretty short period of time, he fell asleep. We had some ups and downs, but we managed to get it to where he was going to bed by himself consistently every night. When he woke up in the night, it was usually pretty easy to settle him.
Until, randomly, he started waking up in the middle of the night and not going back to sleep for three or four hours. I was working by then, so we pretty much died. We put him to bed later, and it stopped the extreme night waking, but I don't know if he gets enough sleep like this. And now, he has decided that going to sleep is for suckers and he'd rather get out of bed, so I have to escort him back to his bed. It's a game for him, but I don't know how to make it stop. It usually takes an hour and a half to two hours to get him to go to sleep this way, and there's a lot of frustration on my part. I don't like being grumpy and impatient with my kid, you know?
I guess I'll probably have to start from square one again, but even further from where we started in the first place. We're doing kind of a modified version of The Baby Whisperer's Gradual Withdrawal, but now that he is actually able to sleep on his own, I don't know if that will work. The problem seems to be that he gets up and wants me to take him back to his bed. Now, I will lead him back to his bed, and just say something like, "It's time for night night, go to sleep, " and then go back to my chair, not engaging with him in any interesting way. But for him, he thinks it's fun that when he gets out of bed, I get out of my chair and take him back to bed. He just thinks that's hilarious, and he will do it again and again ad nauseum. So, really, I'm just playing his game with him and helping him to prolong the inevitable of sleep. So now, I have to develop a new strategy. I know we wouldn't really have this problem if he was in a crib, but it's just not an option. He has never ever ever been a crib sleeper. And when I realized this, I took down the crib and got him a toddler bed. Anyway, anyone else have this kind of problem? Any suggestions? Even though it takes so long to get him to sleep, it has been so blissful to be able to sleep in my own bed all night, next to my husband even!
Blah. I guess I should go clean my house. I've been putting it off for long enough today, I suppose.