Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A Series of Unfortunate Bedtimes

After Mac climbed like a ninja from his crib the other night, we had to revamp bedtime. Now, he is sleeping on his crib mattress on the floor.

The problem with this is that he can just stand up, walk to the door, open it, and scream loudly that he's displeased with his situation. However, I've found that if I lie down next to him, he'll be quiet and pretend like he's going to sleep.

About 45 minutes after I arrange myself on the crib mattress, he's ACTUALLY asleep; and I can sneak out. If I try before that, he wakes up and comes to the door and registers his many, many, many complaints.

I would have read some parenting advice websites about this problem if I thought they could help. Sadly, I've had the hope of better sleep beaten out of me, and I don't really even try anymore.

I did read the opening of Sherman Alexie's young adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. It seems good. I bet some other challenge participants have read it already.


Gina Marie said...

I took a class on Native American Literature in college and we read Tonto and the Lone Ranger Fist Fight in Heaven... it was excellent.

We also watched The Business of Fancy Dancing, and a student stood up in the middle of the screening to inform us that Madison was a "radical left-wing factory disguised as a university" because the movie featured 2 men in a relationship together.

Even though he was an idiot, I appreciated his word choice- a factory churning out educated liberals secretly excites me.

mm said...

I have read it and enjoyed it although middle school students seem to give it a mixed review.

Jana said...

Have you ever tried just letting him fall asleep to Elmo or whatever toddler programming floats his boat??? Obviously, it's not ideal but it wouldn't be for forever. This too shall pass.