I feel lied to. My entire life I envisioned parenting a certain way. I imagined our bedtime routine would be smooth. Sure, I knew that kids sometimes have a hard time falling asleep or struggle to stay in bed. However, I never imagined the pure amount of stress and anguish it has caused our family. If you see me this week in a ball cap, with huge bags under my eyes it’s because we are sleep training.
Our Bedtime Routine brings out the worst in all of us
There’s something about bedtime that turns my sweet child into a barter who will do anything to get out of going to sleep. Please give me your energy child!
How did we get to this point of having one child that is extremely difficult to get to sleep? I have my opinions: bad habits caused by naive first-time parents combined by a head strong child who uses her intelligence to sway us.
After months of having to lay down with her for a good hour, my husband and I decided it had to change for everyone’s sanity. We started our sleep training to coincide with her starting Kindergarten.
Here we are with a toddler who falls asleep and stays asleep well. Yet here we are sleep training our five-year-old. Seems silly but that’s where we are.
We are on night eleven of our custom two week sleep training program. Yes, that is how desperate we are for sleep. We hired a sleep coach to guide us with this process. Our plan started out great with immediate change, but we are now in the nitty gritty of our sleep strategy where it gets harder before it gets easier. I am pretty sure she woke up four times last night. It’s all a blur at this point.
I know that this will pass just like all the other horrible moments in parenting, but right now I am in the midst of despair. I am seeing progress. Breaking five years of bad habits will not happen overnight.
Overcoming any habit is hard, but the rewards will be worth it. That is what keeps us committed to teaching our kids how to sleep on their own. It truly is a skill.
I laugh so I don’t cry. Because I love my sleep and I miss it so. We will be reunited some day! Until then, read about all the things that are easier than putting my kid to sleep right now. Hope it brings you a good laugh.
25 Things That Are Easier to Do Than Our Bedtime Routine
- Getting a root canal
- Running a marathon
- Solving global warming
- Getting a bikini wax
- Swimming through a river of thumbtacks (Sorry, that one got morbid!)
- Waiting over an hour for our local train to pass
- Watching the latest season of Orange is the New Black
- Giving birth without an epidural
- Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
- Small talk
- Data entry on a typewriter
- Going to the DMV to renew your license
- Trying to pop a pimple that hasn’t made it to the surface quite yet
- Saying no to chips and queso at a restaurant
- Cleaning up after a kids’ party that included glitter, glue and lots of sequins
- Watching Caillou
- Remembering and witnessing Britney Spears breakdown of 2017
- Being held hostage in a large group text message that you can’t get out of
- Sitting next to a smelly, hungover man on an airplane
- Surviving 21 days on Discovery’s Naked and Afraid show
- Filing taxes
- School pickup line
- Juggling hot stones
- Sitting in a pointless meeting for hours that could have been an email
Have you sleep trained or have a challenging sleeper in your household? Please share your experience as it will make me feel better or share something easier for you than putting them to bed.
Because I need a good laugh these days.