Monday, October 11, 2010
We've gone through so many different permutations of our sleep routine that I can't remember all of them. I only really know the one that we're in right now. It started in June when she took a bad fall at school. After that, she refused to go to sleep in her own bed and started becoming even more clingy with me. So I let her fall asleep in my bed and then when I went to bed I carried her back to her own bed. Then somewhere between 5 minutes and 5 hours later, she would crawl back into bed with me. There are many (read: all)nights when I am so dead to the world that I don't even know that she's there until I am awakened in the morning to her pulling up one of my eyelids with her finger. At which point she proceeds with the following routine:
"Mama, lay down under the pillow." She wants me to lay on my stomach with a pillow over the back of my head. Then she crawls over from the opposite way that my head is pointing and does some weird shit where she's looking at my face from different angles. I should first state, in case it's not obvious, that I am barely functioning and just letting her have her way with me
She pokes at my face, lifts up my eyelids, brushes my eyelashes with her finger, and moves my face from side to side.
She repeatedly tells me "I like your new nightgown." Even though by now it's not so new anymore and she has said this 10,000 times.
She says "Hi" 10,001 times because she loves to hear my moaning response "Mmmmmhmmmmm".
She digs her pointy little chin into my ear and shoulder blades.
And lately, a new variation, smacks me on the back (f-ing HARD) to the melody of "Jingle Bells", "This Old Man", and "Twinkle Twinkle", always in that order.
I have been completely helpless and unmotivated to break this routine. But lately neither of us have been getting good sleep, and when Audrey's teacher told me that there were a few days when she could barely keep her eyes open in class, I knew that it was time to bring in the cavalry. I spoke with my ABA consultant who is never less than thrilled to address such things. In my next post, I'll fill you in on the plan and how it's going. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...
Posted by Lynn at 10:00 AM