Sleep. Oh you elusive commodity. If only I could store you and take out extra when I needed it, like, oh, I dunno, today!
Sleep had never been an issue for me until I had children. And then what do you know, I was tired. I didn’t even know what tired was, until I had kids.
In fact, my very first blog post was about sleep. Or a lack thereof.
Aviana has only become a good sleeper in the last nine months or so. She goes to bed well and willingly everynight at seven, and sleeps until seven or later. It only took 3+ years to get to this point.
Brielle is not quite there. I really don’t like 3 a.m. Especially not when the two year old is screaming because you put her back in her own bed.
Cadrian is a pretty good sleeper at night, but he only catnaps during the day, unless I hold him, and even then it’s chancy.
Aviana is over naps. Brielle still needs one, but she stays up until 8 or later then. Of course, she stays up at least that long regardless.
When Aviana was a lot younger, I read The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Pre-schoolers. Lots of great tips and ideas and a wealth of information about how vital sleep is (in case you need a reason besides your sanity to stick it out).
I need to read it again. It’s a very honest look at what you can expect from your child, what is appropiate for their age. Then the author offers a wide variety of possible solutions that can be implemented as a system that will work over time. Many of her suggestions worked well for our family.
Naps are kind of a big deal around here. In fact, I have mentioned naps in no less than 109 blog posts. Brielle is still a struggle. At nap time. So I am very excited to find out that now there is now The No-Cry Nap Solution. I can’t wait to read it.
But even more than that, I can’t wait unil coffee is not a substitute for sleep!