Monday, April 7, 2008

You Forgot...

I thought that Zach would sleep through the night forever once he got his two year old molars. When that didn't happen, I thought he would sleep through the night forever once I let him "cry it out". This all happened before he learned how to crawl out of his crib(thanks to his cousins Lauren and Madie). Now, in a big boy bed, I am feeling more and more helpless as to how to get him to sleep through the night consistently. The past few months, 5 out of 7 nights he will wake up at least once. Other nights he wakes up more than Kate does. I have tried everything... earlier bed time, to completely filling his day with activities to exhaust his poor little body, to warmer pj's, to more padding to his bed name it, I've tired it.

This has been a long phase. I hope it's a phase. I am starting to have my doubts. He wakes up for various reasons that I won't get into, but last night in particular, he woke up because his blankets had fallen off of him. Here was our conversation at 5am.

Me - Zach what's wrong?
Zach - My blankets
Me - OK I will help you.
Zach - Tuck me in, say prayers, and crack the door
Me - OK, (as I am tucking him in, I start in on the prayer as Zach repeats after me) Dear Heavenly Father...thank you bed, family, please help me to sleep good...
Zach - (Interrupts) Mom, you forgot, you forgot
Me - What?
Zach - You forgot Jesus, Heavenly Father, thank you for Jesus, thank you for Heavenly Father
Me - Oh, OK, (then I start to finish off the prayer) We say these things...
Zach - No mom say it.
Me - Oh sorry, thank you for Jesus and Heavenly Father, (then I proceed) We say these things
Zach - (He always finishes the prayer) In the name of...Amen. Now crack the door.
Me - OK Zach, I love you, sleep good

Sometimes you wonder as a parent whether you are here to teach them or they are here to teach you. Even though I would much rather prefer that he not wake up in the middle of the night, I am happy to say goodnight for the second, and at times, fourth or fifth time to a sweet little boy.

Not to deter from his sweetness above, but this same boy loves to "rock n roll all nite and party everyday"...


The Gregerson Gang said...

Hey, I found your blog off of Ashley Heids...hope it's okay. I love your blog! That story about your son at bedtime is so adorable. I can totally relate. My almost 4 year old still gets up off and on in the middle of the night. I've just become accustomed to it. Anyway, we really have to get together soon. Take care,

cfronce said...

Blast from the past! Hello hello! I found your blog off of Marnae's. So very cute! You look usual! Philly, huh? I was just there visiting Tiffany last year...she actually lived in Delaware, but we played in Philly one day. Anyhow - just wanted to say HELLO!

Amber and Taylor said...

Ash.. that is so funny yet totally adorable. How funny is Zach?? What a character, I think he will always keep you on your toes no matter what age he is. You think these times are crazy you just wait when he's got girls chasing after him, he's just so darn cute. You should get him an instrument too, he would be a great rock'n roller guitarist or drummer (not that you need any additional headaches) !!