The Curse of the Sleepless Children

I haven’t posted anything in the last few days. There is a perfectly acceptable reason for this. My kids have been fighting their naps, and not sleeping at night either. 


Alex stopped napping ages ago. At 15 months. So I don’t expect him to nap. But Nick naps. Everyday. For 2-3 hours. Until a couple days ago. 4 days ago, on Sunday he decided not to nap at all. On Monday he napped for 90 minutes. Tuesday 30 minutes. Today was an hour. 

Seriously. He. Needs. His. Naps. A cranky, whiny 18 month old is not in any way shape or form my idea of a good time. 

Zoey is four months old. Napping is like… mandatory. But she seems to think that a 5 minute nap is all she needs. So she naps 5 minutes every 2-3 hours. And to get her to sleep is a battle. It doesn’t matter where she sleeps. Even if I am holding her. She sleeps 5 minutes. Unless we are in the van. Then she will sleep, but gas is effing expensive and we can’t spend 4 hours a day driving around so that she sleeps. 

Bedtime is a party in our house. Alex needs, NEEDS, 12 hours of sleep a night. He NEEDS it. NEEDS. 6-8 hours a night, is not working out well for him. At all. Or for me. He is a hot mess when he doesn’t get 12 hours. 

Nick gets about the same amount of sleep. Same with Zoey. They all used to sleep 12 hours. (Well Zoey slept for 5 and then 7 hour chunks with a bottle between them) 

The worst part… they go to bed like angels. At 7 the boys to go bed and go right to sleep. Hubs and I go to bed at 10. At 11 they are up. All three of them. Until 2, 3, 4 in the morning. Then they sleep until 6. At which time they are up for the day. I am freaking EXHAUSTED. 

Sleep seems to be a constant Motherhood complaint. /sigh/ Tomorrow is a new day. It will be better. If I say it enough times, it will come true. Right?

Love, hugs and more to come later


10 thoughts on “The Curse of the Sleepless Children

  1. Oh my word, big HUGS to you!!! I don’t know what’s up with Nick unless it’s just a weird toddler thing, but Zoey is doing just what I’ve known ALL babies to do at some point – the 5 min nap. SOOOOO hard to handle, I know! You’re going to need that coffee in your blog name…
    More HUGS to you, Lynn. XO

    • Thanks! Coffee and I are (as always) good friends. The kids know, if mom has a coffee cup in her hands you better leave her alone for 5 minutes. It’s my mommy time out! I don’t know what is up with Nick either. 🙂

  2. Oh, girl, I know that’s right. All of that. My kids are born great sleepers (sleeping through the night by a few weeks old) but it’s all downhill from there. I think I’ve recently figured my 6 month old out sleep-wise. It has worked the past few days. But, we all know that just when you think you’ve figured them out, they flip the script and morph into completely different humans.

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