Sleep, the neverending parenting topic

by Ginger on November 4, 2010

in Mom Thoughts, Oh Baby!

The last two nights we’ve had some…difficulty at bedtime around here. We’ve always been fairly lucky with sleep, I know. So whenever issues arise, they sort of smack me around. This is no exception.

Jackson’s bedtime is normally right around 8pm, give or take a little bit depending on the day. Tuesday, however, things were a little later: he finally went down around 11. Wednesday, it was 10. Oh, and that was after TRYING to get him down at his normal bedtime.

Jackson normally is a kid who we “put down awake.” He’ll lay down and sort of chatter to himself for a bit, and then fall asleep. Tuesday and Wednesday? Every time we put him down he would S.C.R.E.A.M. Not cry, scream. To the point of almost hyperventilating within a minute or so screaming.

There’s a bunch of things it could be. The most likely culprit is the three molars that are making a bloody, mushy mess of his gums. (As a side note, I used to always think the comments about molars were a little overblown. “How much worse than the front teeth could they be?” Oh ho ho, have I had to eat my words. Molars are the devil). Added to the mess they’re making of his gums, they’re also making him not eat all that well, so maybe he’s been hungry? It could also be the heat–we’re having a heat wave and J runs hot anyway, so maybe that?

Or, man, who knows? I mean, he’s a toddler, it could be whatever. It could be a developmental spurt. It could be molars. It could be because it’s Wednesday and he figured out how to stack Legos this week. Who the eff knows?

If it’s his molars, at least there’s light at the end of the tunnel, but he’s in pain until then. If it’s the heat, things will change soon, but he’s miserable now. If it’s a developmental spurt…well, not much I can do there.

I just know it always throws me for a loop when his sleeping goes to crap. I am grateful that it’s at bedtime, not in the middle of the night when I’m trying to sleep, but losing 2-3 hours of working/cleaning/bill paying (ok maybe not that one) time makes me feel twitchy. I feel a little guilty saying that, but we have so little time these days that I really rely on those post-kid-bedtime/pre-my-bedtime hours, and losing them just sucks.

Gah, sleep. Trite parenting topic #1. I’m just writing it to vent. Hopefully it’ll go back to normal soon, but until then, we’ll just have to grit our teeth through it.

bekah November 4, 2010 at 6:15 am

I, too, completely underestimated the crappiness that is molars. Ugh. And this may not be even the same thing, but like a month ago, Jacks sleep habits went to crap for no apparent reason for about two weeks, then they just went back to normal. It was really rough, and I still have no idea what really happened.

I hope Jackson starts sleeping soon…so you can start sleeping soon!

Ginger November 5, 2010 at 8:41 pm

I know there’s a developmental spurt somewhere right around a year that can mess with their sleep for a bit, so maybe that was it?

Who knows, this sleep thing is just such a crapshoot sometimes!

kate November 4, 2010 at 10:12 am

Once you see one of those molars emerge – you can see why the little guys are in pain. Those are big honkin’ teeth to cut. My only advice is “this too shall pass”. Take care – tomorrow’s a new day. 🙂

Ginger November 5, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Yeah, I severely underestimated the horror that would be molars. They’re AWFUL looking, and must hurt like crazy. Poor kids.

clara November 5, 2010 at 5:46 pm

You don’t have to feel guilty about losing your already-small amount of child-free time. It is IMPORTANT. And also, it used to be 24 hours a day, now whittled to 2? Ridiculous!

I take it you don’t medicate for the pain? Because ibuprofen works great for us. Not for the developmental stuff or your (also ridiculous!) heat wave, though. Frozen grapes in a little mesh feeder bag thingee? My kids are very slow teethers, to the point where #2 son is 2.5 and just about to cut his 2 year old molars. It is hell.

Hope tonight is better.

Ginger November 5, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Oh, lord no, we’re fast and loose with the ibuprofen (and tylenol). But neither one seems to be doing much for these guys right now. It’s always worked fine for the other ones, but apparently no match for 3 molars.

Luckily (fingers, toes, legs crossed) things seem a little better now that one is almost all the way through the gumline. Of course, that still leaves the rest, but hey, I’ll take what I can get.

Comments on this entry are closed.

Previous post:

Next post: