Friday, September 15, 2006

Again with the 2 a.m.

. . .and the 11:14 p.m., and the 11:48 p.m., and the 12:10 a.m., and the 1:18 a.m. In these terms, you could say Lucas is a morning person.

The dog is not appreciating being chased by a crawling babe at 1:49 a.m. And yet we are up.

Lucas does not want to sleep anywhere but next to me in our bed. Mr. Trillwing can't sleep under these circumstances because Luke flails.

Mr. Trillwing needs sleep. And, in the hopes of letting me get the most sleep possible before my job interview, he spent last night on the couch while Luke slept/flailed next to me.

So tonight we've been taking turns with the little guy. It's my turn again. Ten minutes ago I noticed Luke has a fever, to the tune of 102.3. So I administered acetominophen. And now he's pushing his Elmo monster truck and making car noises. (I've learned, BTW, that little boys come hard-wired with, as no one has ever taught him to make such noises.) So I'm guessing the fever has gone down.

I've tried to explain to Luke that he's a year old and that, like a big boy, he needs to sleep in his crib.* He's not buying that argument.

Mr. Trillwing has twice now shouted "Fireplacer!" at the boy. From behind the bedroom door: "Fireplacer!"

I don't know what the fireplace we're going to do.

Damn. Luke just pulled himself up next to me, and he's still burning up.

*What does one do when one's one-year-old is already 32 inches tall,** and the baby books and crib manuals declare that no child over 35 inches tall should remain in a crib because he could fall out of it? I mean, it's not like Luke's going to climb down safely from his crib after leaning too far over the railing; he can't even walk yet because hey, it's much more efficient to chase the dog on all fours. And I'm not about to put him in a twin bed, even with rails on it, 'cause he wouldn't stay in it.

**Have I mentioned that at Luke's 12-month well-baby check up, he surpassed the 95th percentile for height but was in the middle of the pack for weight? I've taken to calling him "Stretch."


Anonymous said...

As we have (since) discussed, the boy was burning up with outrage at his unsatisfactory sleeping arrangements, not malady.

We've decided since our !~@#$%^& apartment is too small to move him out of the one available bedroom, starting tonight we're going to move ourselves out of the bedroom and see how that goes. Give us a chance to meet the neighbors at 3 a.m. They're all college kids anyhow, they'll probably still be doing keg-stands from the night before.

Stay tuned to see how this latest Brilliant New Plan works out for us. As I pointed out to Dr. Trillwing this morning, this is a battle of wills, plain and simple. And I don't lose battles of the will.

~Mr. Dr. T

Anonymous said...

We had it easier because we had both an extra bedroom and a child who was (and still is) too short to reach door knobs. But the basic issue of a child who will only sleep next to mama and wants nothing to do with a crib is a familiar one.

After Baby Blue's first birthday, we got her a futon mattress. (Twin, because that's all that would fit in her room). The first week or two, I slept with her on the futon mattress all night. After that, we started training her to expect that I was going to get up and go into my own room after Baby Blue had fallen asleep. And she got used to the idea that she was going to sleep by herself.

It wasn't a quick process, though, nor a complete one. There are still nights when Baby Blue sleeps for crap, and there are still nights when she'll only sleep next to me. But usually there is a proximate cause (and it's ripping through her delicate gums -- damn teeth!). All other things being equal, she sleeps through the night now. All other things being equal, we get enough sleep to function. Which was our goal.

I offer up our experience just in case. Because everytime we try to engage in a battle of the wills with Baby Blue, we lose. Just ask that untouched sippy cup full of cream in our refrigerator...