Today has been a whopper of a day. My sleep-deprived child woke up with fire coming out of his eyes, a steaming dragon. Since 5:30 a.m., that child has been with us. My sweet, compliant, snuggly boy has gone into hiding.
Could there have been a better night to try a new approach to sleep training? I think the answer is yes, but we did it anyway. We have allowed ourselves to become his sleep crutch. He is a pain in the ass (chatting, singing, whispering, asking questions) for a LONG time. Regardless of what we tell him, he flip-flops sides of his bed about twelve times, requesting a blanket adjustment and that his water cup be relocated to the new side. He wants his back patted and his hand held. And we, in desperation for some quiet at the end of a long day, have acquiesced. I know we are responsible for digging the hole that we once again find ourselves in. Regardless, it sucks.
It sucks to hear him crying for companionship. It sucks to hear him sad about these changes. It sucks that he isn’t one of those kids who came out of the womb asleep. It just sucks.
PS. If your kid is a good sleeper and can put himself to sleep unaided, please don’t comment on this post. If you do, I will hunt you down and make my crazy-ass shih tzu move in to your house. And, trust me, you don’t want that.