Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Bedtime blunders--multiplied

Mommy Confession: My Lilly has cried herself to sleep almost EVERY night for as long as we can remember. Call her strong-willed, persistent, stubborn or just a pain in the a$*, but it's true. Sure there was a point when we laid her down swaddled and she went into a blissful sleep, but neither Jeremy or I remember that. What we do remember is the 20-60 minutes she spends yelling in her crib before she falls asleep. We've tried everything (and continue to welcome suggestions) and have just accepted the fact that bedtime in our house is LOUD. This coupled with the fact that sometimes this keeps Addy awake and sometimes they take turns yelling, has assured me that they will stay in cribs as long as possible.

Even though the night rarely ends well, we do make the best of it and LOVE the time before bedtime around here. I love clean kids, right out of the bath in cuddly jams ready for storytime, cuddles and a sippy of milk. And despite the CRAZY hair, it's the best. Favorite books right now include "Are You My Mother?" and "Noisy Animals", they are also loving their children's bible that came from Grandma & Grandpa Sadler. Here are some bedtime pictures....

"Snack....snack....snack"--Lilly with some of that crazy hair...

Addy wanting to play with her toys until the very last minute....
One more "horsey" ride...
Teeth brushed...check!
Still time to CHEESE to the camera...
A little cuddle time with Daddy...
A little cuddle time with each other...
A little cuddle time with mom...

15 comments:

Andrea said...

When did you start crying it out with them? We did with Cyd too, but I think I may start sooner with Amelia????

Aimee said...

Andrea--Our ped gave us the all-clear at 4 months and it was probably soon after that when we eased into it, going in to soothe, but not pick-up after 10-15 minutes and the crying spells have consistently stayed the same despite us now feeling we need to soothe, so we eliminated that a while ago unless it gets unbearable. She eventually wears herself out. Our biggest issue was we couldn't set ourselves up for a bedtime routine that one of us couldn't do ALONE. With 2 newborns, rocking to sleep wasn't an option (nor is it entirely healthy for the baby in my opinion).

Anonymous said...

Have you tried a family bed situation, at least until they fall asleep for the night? (if you don't want them to sleep with you for the whole night)

Catherine said...

These pictures are so sweet! I really do not like it when they cry at night:( Maybe I should bring some valium at Christmas:) Their hair is a bit out of control - maybe they need a little product....They do look a little tired in the cuddle pictures. It is a tough life going to the farm and picking apples, drinking milk and snacking!

Anonymous said...

Keep the valium in DC or we will have CPS called on us. Daddy

Jon said...

Can they get any cuter?

When I babysit and Lilly cries I just get her and addy up and play with her until 10-11. Usually, I also give them some chocolate milk and gummies. Then they are out! JK love ya

Jon said...

Can they get any cuter?

When I babysit and Lilly cries I just get her and addy up and play with her until 10-11. Usually, I also give them some chocolate milk and gummies. Then they are out! JK love ya

The Sabelhaus Boys said...

We had that same problem with Brady. If you think they are old enough to understand, we did rewards in the morning if he went to bed without crying. He doesn't get juice often, so we bought special Elmo juice boxes (at the time that was his favorite character). If he went to bed without crying then he got Elmo juice in the morning.

jillian said...

Such great pictures, I'm so glad you like the new camera. Wish I could help with the bedtime situation, but I have no idea! I know I will learn soon enough and will be looking to you for advice. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Jonathan.....you are no longer allowed to babysit. Keep you gummies and chocolate milk at your house. First cavity bill will be forwarded to your address.

Daddy

Kelly said...

I agree about the family bed, or more rocks or cuddles. I am against crying it out and if it's happened for that long, it may not be working anyway....sorry it's so stressful! Keep experimenting! Lay down together with the 3 (or 4!) of you with quiet music or white noise, stories and let them fall asleep next to you, then move them to bed when they are in deep sleep mode. They're only this little for so long and some day you'll be sad they're too big for that! Whatever else you would be doing i.e. laundry, TV, relaxing, can be put off a little longer to cuddle with 2 cute girls! :)

Kelly said...

One more thing; I have been using ideas from The No-Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley and it has some great ideas that really work!!

Aimee said...

Thanks for the advice! I knew I was hitting on a "hot button" topic and have certainly done my fair share of reading/testing theories. Honestly, getting her to sleep and then putting her back in bed isn't a solution, it simply puts off the cries off and they come when we put her back in her bed. We'll give the rewards a try and I'll report back!

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