Ethan’s Keys to a Good Sleep | ASMR
Sleep, Ethan, sleep!
Ethan has never been what I would call a good sleeper. As an infant, he only slept in my arms. I didn't eat or pee for 3 months unless my husband was home with me. He didn't nap for the next 9 months because daycare couldn't hold him for an hour or two each day. His daycare sheet usually listed about 5 five-minute naps when they would rock him and attempt to put him down. The days he was exhausted, they let him nap where ever he fell asleep, usually on the playmat surrounded by other kids.
I don't know why his lack of sleep in toddlerhood surprises me. Except that I'm tired myself and would go to sleep earlier if he was asleep too. Last night, we thought he was asleep. It was 10. He's been falling asleep about 9:45 lately. (We put him into bed at 8/8:30. He just stays up until 9:45 in his room—calling us, throwing things at us, playing, crying, yelling, whatever he can do to get our attention.) We shut off the TV, brushed our teeth, and walked to our bedroom. Ethan's door opened. He was awake.
After a 45 minute cryfest (during which I told EJ not to go into Ethan's room and he told me I was a horrible mother for doing that), Ethan's hyperventilating sobs got the better of me and I finally caved and went to his room. He was asleep in 2 minutes, probably from the exhaustion of crying, just shy of 11 pm.
That is too late for a 2 and 1/2 to go to sleep. That is too late for a 30 year old to go to sleep too, in my opinion. but what option do we have? The horrible truth is that you can'tmakesomeone sleep. You can't. You can put him in his room. You can read him a bedtime story. You can change his poopy diaper. You can bring him a glass of water. You can rub his back. You can walk him into the bathroom so he can use the potty again. You can even ignore him. But you can't make him sleep.
What's worse is Ethan hasn't been napping well this week. His assistant teacher is out for 6 weeks because she had surgery. His main teacher was sick. He's clearly stressed, which is contributing to his sleep issues. But his sleep problems have existed his whole life so I can't just ignore them or go with it until things are back to normal. Plus his main teacher is moving in a month so he's going to be without her permanently soon. I'm dreading the transition. Ethan doesn't do well with change—do any toddlers?
I'm at a loss for what to do next. I'm down to drugs and tying him to his bed. But I'm pretty sure I can get arrested for those.
Video: Ethan and Grayson sleeping
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