Monday, March 23, 2015

His Clock's Tickin' China Time

I'm going to share a little secret, and then you'll have no sympathy for me whatsoever.  My kids have been rockstars about sleep transition after travel.  With the exception of one who had night terrors for six months, bless her, they've all slept through the night from the get-go.  Until now.

We've only been home three days so I realize I need to give it time, but it's getting worse.  We landed in bed at 3:30 am Friday and slept till noon, no problem!  All of us.  Friday night, little dude woke up at midnight, guzzled a bottle, and tossed and turned till 2.  That's doable.  

Saturday night, he woke up at 2, downed a bottle and tossed and turned till 5.  Last night he woke up at midnight and tossed and turned till 4:55.  Not cool.  My alarm rings at 5.

Around these parts when the alarms rings, we hit the ground with both feet and all hands on deck.  I don't know how that will play out today.

I'm desperate for suggestions to help Mr. Cool sleep!  And I'm not beyond medication, people.  When he doesn't sleep, I don't sleep.  He goes to his crib until he wakes for a bottle, and then we're co-sleeping.  But my littlest rockstar is like the Energizer bunny...on steroids.  He can be perfectly still for all of 2.2 nanoseconds, and then he's rolling around, kicking his legs and reaching to hold my hand.  He has to have my hand over his.  Sweet, huh?  It really is.  But he is so tired.  He's really awesome about not sitting up and playing.  I can tell he's frustrated though.  

So, what would you do?  And please don't say skip the nap because I've been letting him nap less than an hour.  And we've been staying up till between 9 and 10, which is so past my bedtime!

We all thank you for your words of wisdom :) 

10 comments:

Lynnea Hameloth said...

Melatonin! It is your friend. ;) Helped us anyhow....

Winslow Gang said...

Melatonin, maybe a Binkie if he'll use one, and a weighed blanket! Perfect combination!! Praying for you dear sister!

Jen said...

We used melatonin the first 2 months home from china with our daughter. She was 3. Worked wonderfully.

Laurel said...

Melatonin and Prayer.

I will be lifting you up to Our Father today, that He would give you strength and rest and wisdom for this little guy.

dhm78 said...

Hi Connie, If possible get him in the Sunshine as much as possible? It helps to change his Biological clock? Try not to skip naps that changes he internal clock, too. :) a week or two and it will get better!

God Bless and sleep when you can!
Love, hollym. :)

Linette said...

Hmm...how much sleep is he getting per 24 hours? If he's way overtired, letting him go to bed earlier may not make him get up any earlier, and at least you could catch a little more sleep on the front end. Not a long-term solution, but maybe something to help you survive the next week?

Joy said...

No advice. Just offering up prayers for you and Mr. Energizer Bunny as you all adjust. Welcome home!

Judy Deaton said...

We used melatonin for a long time. It seemed to help get them into a routine. NOT fun to have little sleep :( So glad to hear you are home safe with your little man though. Blessings on your days ahead. Prayers go up.

ally said...

I have to admit to using Benadryl with all 5 of mine for the first 6-8 weeks. As long as it doesn't have the opposite affect on him, as does happen on rare occasion. I am like you, that with a lot of older kids, we had to hit the ground running in the mornings too. Hope it helps!

Carrie W said...

We had the same issue with one of ours also...praying for you. One thing that helped us was a herbal remedy by Herbs for Kids- Valerian Super Calm.
http://www.amazon.com/Herbs-Kids-Valerian-Super-Ounce/dp/B00024CMCS

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