Friday, August 22, 2008

Ryan's View of the Sleep Thing

Oh how Whitney understated the state of sleep deprivation at our house. Maybe not everyone can relate to our particular children and their sleep habits, but it's desperate times. I asked my friend Travis for advice. He has two cute little girls, so certainly he went through times like this. NOOOO, apparently his kids always sleep like stuffed animals. Well, if you've never experienced it, here's what you can do. Take 7 alarm clocks and set them at random times from 20 minutes to an hour apart starting at 1 am. Now, don't just set them next to the bed where you can roll over and turn them off, hide them all around your house...put one under a couch, one in the microwave, one under the bathroom sink...make it fun so you really have to get up and hunt for them. Go through that routine for a few nights in a row, and you'll know what we're dealing with. Last night was an extra special night because all 3 kids decided not to sleep. Ainsley was talking in her sleep, calling for "dad." I hate it when that happens, because Whitney makes me respond to her. She was kneeling at the foot of her bed with the blankets all over the floor, talking to me about treats for school. Consider alarm clock #1 found. Then Brandon had the nightmare, clock #2, and Alexa got up at the random times all throughout the night. Today at work was EXTRA productive for me, you can imagine.

5 comments:

JACK's house said...

I don't know what it is about the way you put things into words....I can feel your pain.....Take heart, ONE day it will end :)

Meredith said...

Oh, that is hard! I guess every family has their battles...I would be one of those who's kids sleep like stuffed animals. Sorry to rub it in...I am sure we have a trial, somewhere, let me go look...just kidding!

Kae said...

So Ryan, I just don't understand, I don't think you explained it clear enough. I need another example. It really can't be that bad. Just kidding, I know how awful it can be when kids don't sleep for months on end.

brittanyc said...

Oh, my poor, sleep-deprived Sim's friends! It makes me laugh because you totally need a few nights like this! You've been living the good life with kids sleeping through the night for years now. Aren't screaming babies in the middle of the night the greatest?! You know I'm kidding. It makes for a grouchy next day, so I do hope little Alexa gets her routine back! Good luck!
Britt

shay said...

It sounds like it's time for a momcation...heck a dad and momcation. I think you should have your mom or sis or someone come and care for the kids for 24 beautiful, relaxing, sweet hours so that you can sleep and once again feel like productive, on-top-of-it parents. Sleeping issues are awful to say the least. I think the cry-it-out plan is a good one...breaks your heart, but habits take 21 days to undo. If you can't steal away from your life, then Benedryl is your friend, that's all I have to say.