Thursday, August 04, 2011

3 Year Old Sleep Issues

Oh Piper!  Why are you such a bear when it comes to sleep?  She gives us a hard time at bedtime now.  She insists on her door being open because she's gotten to the point where she's now scared of the dark and her room being closed up.  I knew this was coming.  Caroline and Bryce went through that as well.  And now because her door is open, she's aware of what her siblings are doing.  We used to be able to put her to bed and then get Caroline and Bryce to bed without her realizing they were still up or reading.  No longer.  She doesn't want to stay in bed and she wants to look at books.  Caroline always reads before going to sleep and it's not a problem, but now Bryce and Piper want to as well and it IS a problem because both of them are the types that will go to sleep quickly if they just lay still for 5 minutes.  And because it's still light out at 8pm, it's been getting later and later to get them to sleep some nights. 

Then in addition to this, Piper always wakes up at least once a night and will often throw a fit when you take her back to bed.  We went through this with Bryce too, so I know it will pass.  And then just like Caroline did at this age, Piper now often will wake up way too early.  This morning she was up and peeking in on Jason taking a shower at 4:15am.  Needless to say my sleep has been chopped up a lot lately and I'm just over it.

I don't know what is up with this age but I know that the other 2 went through them as well.  We just have to keep being consistent and putting her back in her bed and she'll soon figure out waking up isn't worth it.  Thank goodness she's still napping fairly consistently.  Generally an hour or less and if she doesn't get one we pay, so we know she still definitely needs them. 


Heather said...

I'm having a flashback....I remember that...and having a new baby at home...oh, I feel your pain sweetie. I feel it. I realized yesterday that I haven't slept thru the night in 22+ months.

Heather said...

...oh, and you need your kids to have their bedrooms on different floors of your house...Caroline in the basement, Bryce on the 1st floor and Piper upstairs! Voila! Problem solved! ha ha ha.