Sunday, April 3, 2011

2:15am

Little Bear hid the TiVo remote again. He doesn't necessarily do it intentionally; he likes picking up the remote controls and pressing the buttons. Then, he'll carry the remote control around the room with him, usually because he's forgotten that he has it. When he remembers that he has the remote, he'll put it down in any convenient or interesting location. He tends to favor putting the remote inside boxes and bags, particularly briefcases. Grandma has gotten to work to find one or more remote controls inside her case. The only problem is that, when I have a touch of insomnia, it can get difficult to find the remote at 2:15am.

The boys had a great night with Mom and Grandma and Grandpa while I was out singing. I sang the St. Paul Oratorio (Mendelssohn) with a local group tonight, which was wonderful, but it put me out of the house for a few hours. They were asleep when I got home. They haven't really stayed asleep.

Little Bear was up twice. The first time, he was awake for a quick snuggle and kiss, then back to bed. The second time, he laid with us for a few minutes before deciding that he really wanted to kick and squirm and was therefore put back to bed. I think he'll stay.

The Boy, on the other hand, has been waking up every fifteen to twenty minutes since 11:00. That's why I am awake at this point. It's exhausting to put him back to bed.

I'm really torn about how to respond to something like this. Our history with him has been quite simple: when he cries at night from his own sleeping place, take him in with us and let him sleep. No worries. I understand that what is likely best for him is to be sleeping in his own bed and in his own room. We should likely be continuing to shepherd him back into his room, give some hugs and snuggles, and let him reside in his own room.



(Yes, that is his super hero cape that he's still wearing.)

Of course, it's easier said than done, particularly since we adults need to sleep at some point. At some point, he's going to "win" by either sneaking in after we've fallen asleep or by just wearing us down to allow him with us. Since young children don't have much of a worldview outside of their parents (and grandparents, in our kids' case), they spend large amounts of time figuring out how to get what they want from us. This situation isn't exactly an "us vs them" sort of thing, but it is a situation about which The Boy is unhappy. He wants the old situation: sleeping with Mom and Daddy, and he wants it badly enough to fight for it.

The Wife is determined to have him sleep in his own room, and I agree with her. I don't want to agree with her, but I do agree with her. I love having The Boy with us, but I understand how important it is for him to learn to soothe himself back to sleep. I'm just unhappy that the multiple wakings tonight have given me a nice case of the "Up-All-Nights."

So, it leads me back to my remote, and also back to the weird case of why the TiVo has stopped recording every episode of the season pass of Fringe and Chuck that it should be recording. I'm not entirely sure I'll come to the solution to that problem, save that I'll watch it on Hulu in another week. I did find the remote; it was in the hallway leading into the kitchen. I'm assuming that something more interesting was laying in the hallway where he dropped the remote.


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