We were out of town from Thursday to Saturday for a quick visit to the beach and for a family reunion. Needless to say, all of our sleep schedules and routines were shot during this time. GigglyGirl has a cold with a runny nose. I have a cold with a sore throat and no voice. Yesterday, Mr. Right took care of pretty much everything so I could rest and recover. Today I let him sleep late and enjoy the holiday morning.
This afternoon was not nearly as restful. GigglyGirl and BusyBoy were fussy and irritable. We tried to get them both to nap with us in our bed but that did not – not that we had any real expectations of it but one can always hope. GigglyGirl did fall asleep but BusyBoy did not.
After an hour, we woke GigglyGirl up because otherwise she would not sleep tonight. It was difficult to wake her up. She kept her eyes closed and kept scooting back under the covers. Finally, we coaxed her out of bed with a promise of a shower. The entire time she was in the shower, she cried. “I don’t want to sleep. I do not like naps. Zzzzzzzz. I don’t want to wake up. Let me sleep. Yes! I want a shower. No. No. No. No shower!!” UGH!!
After the shower, I massaged some lotion on her and she was back to her usual giggly self.
Normally, we put them to bed without any fights and with little fussing. Tonight, that was not to be the case.
At dinnertime, BusyBoy decided he did not want to eat. He seemed so tired, that I took him on to bed. Here we go again. “I don’t want this for dinner. I am not hungry. I’m sleepy. I’m not sleepy. I do not want to go to sleep. I am hungry.” After much screaming, crying, and fit throwing, he finally decided he did want to eat before going to sleep. Back downstairs he and I went. He quickly ate his dinner and went back up the stairs.
In times like this is it tough to decide what to do. Do you discipline and force a nap, dinner, or bedtime? Do you let the fussy fit slip because you know they are tired and in the case of GigglyGirl she was not feeling very well? Do you find some middle ground where they win part and you win the other part? Tonight, we opted for letting the fussy fits slide because we knew they were sleepy.
Thankfully, once they finally laid their heads on their pillows, they did go to sleep within just a few minutes. Tomorrow they should be back in the groove of the routine and schedule. Hopefully, it will not be such a laborious day.