The Early Bird and The Night Owl

I have two children.  I HAD one child.  When I had one child she was in bed by 7 PM every night.  I had a nice long evening all to myself to blog, watch movies or TV, hang out with my handsome hubby.  Yes she wakes up at ungodly hours of the morning, but I could handle it.  Since I had those wonderful evenings, my early mornings weren’t hard to live with.  I’ve always been somewhat of an early bird myself anyway. 

Cut to 1 year ago when my Son was born.  I should have known something was up when he refused to go down to sleep early.  The kid is a night owl.  Every night it’s the same thing.  I put him down to sleep at 7… he may or may not be quiet for an hour.  Then he starts to scream.  And he is MAD!  So we get him out of his crib, and he’s happy as a clam playing by himself until he finally decides he’s ready for bed, and goes right down (at 11!)  Yes, I know there’s the whole “Crying it Out” thing… but I never really did it with Maddie, and she goes to sleep just fine on her own.  I just don’t have the heart to do it, and my husband REALLY doesn’t have the heart for it.  So this leaves me with a dilemma. 

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I have the one kid, who is extremely cranky if she’s up past 8:30, and wakes up before the crack of dawn, and another kid who sleeps in a bit, but refuses to go to sleep in any sort of reasonable hour.  What does this leave me with?  ZERO time to myself.  It’s driving me quietly insane. 

So what am I going to do to solve this little “problem” I have.  First I have reduced Michael’s naps to once a day.  He’s 1 now, and I know that Maddie was even completely done with naps at 2, so I have very little hope that naptime will continue for a whole lot longer.  BOOOO!  When he was taking an afternoon nap, he’d wake up at around 4-5 PM, and then of course be UP forever!  Now that I’ve done that, if I am able to get him in bed by around 6 or 6:30, he will be down for the night.  The problem with this theory now is that it’s summertime.  This week alone we have had something to do every night, which doesn’t lend itself to getting the children home and in bed at what I consider a reasonable time for them to go to sleep.  So here it is 11:30 at night, I was able to get Michael in bed at 10:15 (which has been a feat of strength for this week). 

So lesson for today… when your child doesn’t seem to go by the schedule you think they should, figure out what you can change to fix it.  Obviously for me it’s eliminating the afternoon nap.  Makes for a cranky pants around 4-5, but definitely a happier mom in the long run.

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Sarah Kimmel

Sarah Kimmel originally created Organized Mom as a way to promote her software program to help busy moms get organized. The software never went anywhere, but the blog took off! While she still writes occasionally for Organized Mom, you can find her writing at Family Tech more frequently. She is also currently works doing IT Services in Utah at Protek Support