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Tuesday, July 18, 2006


Musical Beds

I haven't had a good night's sleep in eight years.

I mean, one of those nights where you settle down into your pillow around 10 o'clock with a good book, read for an hour or so, then quickly fall into a deep and relaxing sleep that proceeds undisturbed for eight solid hours.

Sounds like some kind of fantasy world.

For eight years we've had crying babies, sleep-walking kids, wet beds, sick tummies, and bad dreams. We're over most of those. In fact, we're down to just one regular nightly occurrence. I call it the 2am Thump Gallop Tiptoe Climb.

It's my 4-year-old daughter who wakes up at some point after midnight, usually around 2am, thumps out of bed, gallops down the hall, tiptoes into mommy and daddy's room, then climbs up into the bed with us. I'm not always fully awake to hear this routine, but it's enough to disturb my sleep for the rest of the night. Just the reduction of sleeping space in my bed prevents me from sleeping deeply since I like to toss and turn and thrash my arms about.

So we play musical beds.

Without even realizing it sometimes, I drag myself to another bed. Could be the guest room, could be the couch. I never know where I'm going to wake up. Every couple of weeks, my son joins in the game and we find him in our bed. One time he was in our bed, his sister was in his bed, I was in the guest room, and my wife was oblivious to it all.

I keep hoping that my daughter will outgrow this bad habit and things will settle down. Short of locking her door at night, there's not much I can do except to keep telling her how everybody needs to stay in their own beds until morning. Until she does that regularly, I guess I'll just keep dreaming about a good night's sleep.


Blogger Hliza said...

Good sleep is history the moment I was announced a mother. Can't even remember how it feels anymore..

10:21 AM  
Blogger Hannelie said...

Oh ouch!!
Best might be to keep taking her back so she would get the message physically as well as verbally Phil.
It's maybe an old old habit and will be hard to break and will take a few weeks of hard work to fix. I don't allow any kid in my bed..bit mean I know...but after the third baby I've realised how important my rest is or I'll go wacko!
But, hopefully she'll out grow it!

8:59 PM  
Blogger KC said...

You are way too tolerant of this invasion of your space. She's got hers, you have yours. I agree that she should be hauled back over and over until this ends.

She should be sleeping in your bed only if invited.

8:01 AM  
Blogger amirahsyuhada said...

its strange when read a writing by 'dad' (maybe because of my background),i like your blog!!

When i read your writing, i can imagine how sweet u are, i mean as a

8:31 PM  

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