when my child won't sleep...

it's the hardest time of the day. Ardo has never ever, been a great sleeper. When he was a newborn, literally weeks old I can remember someone asking if he was a good sleeper? I can remember thinking how absurd I thought that question was seeing that he was weeks old. When Ardo woke up every 2-3 hours on a 24 hour schedule, I remember thinking how normal that was. As the month went by Ardo got better, but sleeping through the night was NOT something he wanted to be apart. So he woke up once a night every night from 8-12 months. After 12 months, shockingly, he started sleeping through the night. I couldn't believe how much sleep I was missing out on. Since about 12 months we've had a regular routine for Ardo, play-bath-book-sleep. That's our routine and its worked for us, but lately Ardo has off set our routine. He's waking up in the middle of the night screaming. SCREAMING!!! Just in case you didn't notice the first time. Can I just say the worse way to be woken up in the middle of the night is by your screaming toddler. Something I've mentioned before on this blog is how Ardo doesn't sleep in our bed. For the most part this is a good thing, but when it's 2am and you have to be up at 6:45am to start getting ready for work, all you want is for your tot to sleep....ANYWHERE! I don't know what to do at this point except to ride it out. I almost wish him waking up was more consistant like it was back in the day (10 months ago) only because at least I knew what I was in for, at least then he was consistent. This way throws me for such a loop. I think the worse part is, this isn't teething related, this is just random wake-up-and-Im-scared-mom-come-get-me stuff.
Oh Ardo, please sleep through the night little one.
Please, please, or at least if you have to wake up maybe be less cranky?? You pick. =)

How do I get these two reversed?? (and yes Goliath is under the covers ... what? he's cold)
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  1. Michael is doing the exact same thing. He used to finally sleep through the night and then BAM! Random wake up-ness at whatever am. This is not fun. Now he's starting to do that AND wake up at 5:30am or 6:30 am ready to play.


    1. oh no thank you! Please let me know if he grows out of it and soon! we had a better night last night. Ardo woke up but he came in our bed and went straight to sleep. at this point sleep is all I care about!

  2. oh wow! i never understand where kids get all the energy from. seriously, where does it go when we grow up?
    i have no idea! maybe play nature sounds? i'm not a mom but i've tried that when babysitting!
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    1. Thanks! Ill be sure to check it out!
      We actually put more light on and that seemed to help, but we found out Ardo has a diaper rash so maybe that was problem.

  3. You have a bull dog named Goliath? How cool is that?!?

    Seriously though, kids don't like sleep. My little one thinks Naps are the end of the world. I think (and hope) its just a phase!

    Newest follower and would love it if you can follow back so we can keep in touch. My tip for you? Try to play with him by running around endlessly until he gets super worn out? I've tried that before and it worked!

    Cathy Trails

    1. Thanks! I wish it was opposite. If Ardo didnt want to nap but slept all night I think I'd be okay with that. I think? Im heading over to your blog to check it out. And thanks for the Goliath compliment. He's our gentle giant.

  4. I feel ya. They go through phases. He will go back, just stick with your routine. Could be growth spurt, could be teething but know it won't last forever. :)

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  5. OH it can be the toughest when they're up in the middle of the night. Hang in there you and if the sleep, or lack there of, won't budge don't hesitate to clear other things off of your schedule and get in whatever downtime you can when you can. Sometimes it's all about survival, and I promise this too shall pass. nitey nite. =)

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  6. My guy (kindergarten now) had a really hard time sleeping, and when he started school he went to bed and slept all night like a charm. There is hope, lol. :)

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