Bedtime Wars

Now that Amelia and I are away from each other bedtime has become a crazy experience.

Night, Night!
Amelia comes home at 5:30pm exhausted. She also misses us so we give her our undivided attention but there’s only so much you can do in two hours before she crashes at 7:30pm. The problem is she doesn’t want to let her body fall asleep at her usual bedtime because she wants to spend more time with us. So instead of falling asleep when her eyelids start to close she starts screaming at us stating that she isn’t tired!

We’ve tried to let her sleep with us but no one was happy. I am hoping she grows out of this and gets used to being away from us for a whole day because it is driving me crazy.

Here are Amelia’s Stay Awake Techniques

– Continual Demands more stuffed animals and when she runs out of things to ask for she screams, “I want something”.
– When I don’t give her what she wants she stops calling me mommy and starts scramming “SHANNON”
– Asks questions with no answers like, “IS there a planet in outer space ruled by babies?”
– Makes a mad dash for it and tries to leave the apartment
– When these methods don’t work she starts screaming, “Good Morning. It’s morning time.” Then she tries to brush her teeth and get dressed and refuses to believe me when I say it’s actually night time.

What do your kids do to try to escape the dreaded bedtime?

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6 Responses to “Bedtime Wars”

  1. vickiannie1 August 6, 2014 at 9:17 PM #

    Eddie’s Tactics:

    If we leave him in the room to fall asleep alone:

    -Climbing out of bed to read his books
    -Climbing out of bed and trying to undo the puzzle floor mat
    -Climbing out of bed because that changing colors night light is oh-so-distracting to the autistic mind
    -Climbing out of bed and trying to escape the room

    If I lay down with him:
    -Biting
    -Chattering
    -Various movements that can only be described as karate-like
    -Climbing on top of me so I can’t breathe
    (This all ends when I wrestle him into a bear hug)

    If hubby lays down with him:
    He uses his legs to move the whole bed away from the wall and then climbs down into the gap. Please don’t ask how a 30 lbs. 2 year old can do this. I’m guessing superhuman toddler powers?!

    His therapists that come to the house are supposed to help us with this issue soon. For our particular case, it boils down to his sensory issues and not being able to calm himself (short of being bear hugged) enough to sleep. I think Amelia just doesn’t want to miss anything.

    • Shannon August 7, 2014 at 9:50 AM #

      That sounds tough. Yeah, Amelia doesn’t want to miss anything and now that she is gone all day she misses me. i feel guilty but if she doesn’t go to bed on time she is a mess!

  2. star71 August 6, 2014 at 10:21 PM #

    SO FAR…. We have NOT encountered this…
    Ian is w/ me 99% of the time and I’m sure he wants his down time as much as I do… LOL
    He was going to be at 7, then we stretched it to 7:30 and now it’s 8… But he get’s up at 4:30 or 5am ALL on his own…. BOTH of my children are early risers… Even my teen gets up at 6am… And that’s during the summer… LOL
    Ian goes to bed really good right now, no demands for water, stuffed animals or anything… YET!!!
    But I can guarantee if he’s away from us MOST all day he’ll be demanding…
    And once school starts back up he’s demands on his brother will start… That’s WHO gets the demands the most… So as of the 18th, this could all change for us… Because Orion starts high school and it’ll be much more demanding… SO Ian will have to get used to his ‘Bubba’ not being able to play as much…
    ‘Que Toddler Breakdowns’… YIKES…

    Good Luck With A… :0)
    Oh, I love her little sleep mask… Too cute!!!

    • Shannon August 7, 2014 at 9:52 AM #

      Good luck with school starting. Being away from Amelia is definitely what started this. It used to be easier to get her to bed when we spent all day together. I hope it gets easier!

      • star71 August 7, 2014 at 1:32 PM #

        I think it will… Esp. when she gets a little more used to it… :)
        Give it a few months… She’s been so used to having ALL of mommy and daddy to practically NO mommy and daddy that she’s more scared than anything I think…
        But once she’s back in regular school things will even out… It’s NOT as tiring as summer camp… Physically at least…
        And maybe she’ll have some room to sleep on her bed… LOL…
        I can only imagine what she’ll do when baby #2 comes along… If there’s going to be one that is… OH MY!!!
        GOOD LUCK!!!!
        :0)

  3. Amelie (Amy) August 8, 2014 at 11:38 AM #

    Hmmm I’m not yet a mom, but my mom told me when I was a preschool toddler that during bedtime I liked to throw my fluffy animals out of my bed and to call her to get them back haha! But with time I was more quiet during bedtime haha! I hope it will be the same for you with Amelia! I love her imagination, especially about planets ruled by babies! :p

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