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Fairly Odd Mother

Frantically waving my magic wand to make wishes come true.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

She wants to Rock and Roll all Nite. . .

Dear Belly (boy, I wish you could read more than the Bob books),

It's your mom here. Your very tired mom.

Here's the thing, and this is important: You need to stay in your bedroom at night.

I know it's hard. Maybe we've made it too hard on you by always giving you an out in the past----you could sleep in my bed or in a sleeping bag on my floor----but now that you are six, and about as tall and loud as most eight year olds, I have had enough.

Enough waking from a sound sleep to find a dark shadowy person standing over me, breathing on my cheek. You are so lucky I didn't karate chop you right there. And, why did you have to wake me at 3am? To say, "Hi Mommy! I love you!", and then kiss me and scoot off to bed. While I continued to lie there, heart beating 100000000000 beats per minute, unable to relax enough to fall asleep until about 10 minutes before my alarm went off.

Last night, you had to wake me up, yet again, to tell me----get this----that you couldn't sleep! Well, why not add two people to this party?!?! Maybe there are parents who have special 'magic medicine' for moments like this, but I really don't want to go there.

So, here it is, 8am, and I'm nursing a cup of coffee while you sleep off your late-night escapades. You will wake up, fresh as a daisy. I, on the other hand, will stumble through the day ingesting more and more caffeine.

I think it is time for payback: shades up, bright sunshine in, music on--it is time to face the morning, my darling child.

With Love, Mommy

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Blogger Dysd. Housewife said...

Every ONE of my kids did this, between the ages of 5 and 8. The usual excuses were "I can't sleep" or "I'm scared". My oldest daughter would actually throw her pillow on the floor and camp out in front of our bedroom door with one eye peeking under, and her backside sticking up in the air. How do I know this? because I always tripped over her the next morning. BE VERY FIRM DO NOT GIVE IN. after a month or so, they quit or give up. UNLESS you keep giving in. 'Give an inch...' ya know the rest.

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Mrs. Q said...

Maybe the problem stems from your last post about being vague. Time for gloves off. “Belly, my dearest. Sleep is a cherished ritual in our world and anyone who dare disturbs it is subject to karate chops.” I think you need blow a bugle in their bedroom each morning. Need I remind you how you used to wake ME up? Shades flipped up, lights on, ALL the covers pulled off, and then you’d jump on my belly to tickle me and crack my knuckles. Get that girl back for a week and I dare say they will be sleeping through the night… With sympathy, your dearest sister

2:26 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

And if that doesn't work, you could try training her to get in on your husband's side of the bed *wink*. Works with my 6 year old. Twice last week I woke up in the morning and found him there, never even felt him get in.

4:31 PM  
Anonymous mothergoosemouse said...

This is where karma will bite me in the ass harder than it ever has before. I was a TERRIBLE sleeper, and other than "I have to throw up!", my standard excuse for waking up my parents was "I can't sleep."

And the throwing up was actually directly related to the lack of sleep. My freakishness started early.

But like you, now that I'm a parent, I cherish sleep like I never have before.

10:52 PM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

That is why Moe is still in a crib and will be until kindergarten! At this age, her sisters were out of the cribs, but would jus rread in the morning. I couldn't picture Moe sitting still long enough to read a book.

She has been waking up in the middle of the night lately just for a hug. Yup, thats it, a hug and she goes right back t osleep. Me, it takes me a long time to find sleep again!

11:31 AM  

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