Sleep

I’m beginning to think my skills as a mother are directly related to how well my girls sleep. And let me remind you, they sleep really crappy.

Last night Eric stopped home from the hospital for dinner around 5:30pm, which was nice as he ate dinner with us, but he had to go back in around 7pm as he was on call, and didn’t get back home for the night until 10:30pm. Meaning, I was on my own for bedtime with the girls. Normally in these cases I give Nora (5) the iPad and let her watch something while I read to Nadia (4) and get her settled. Then once Nadia is sleeping I comfort Nora a bit before she falls asleep. Well, Nadia being so difficult in general lately, was not having bedtime last night. I started around 7pm when Eric left. At 8:45pm Nadia was still jumping on her bed screaming that she did NOT want to sleep in her bed. She wanted to lay in my lap all night while I rocked her. But yeah, that wasn’t going to work. Nora kept coming into Nadia’s room, asking when I’d be in with her. So basically they were both crying/complaining until late. I gave up at 9pm, exhausted and utterly frustrated. I can’t be in both their bedrooms at once, so I moved their sleeping area to the lower level family room. I laid down their comfy mats, threw them each a pillow and told them to sleep. Nora was out pretty quickly. Nadia had trouble still, as I think she has horrible allergies on top of all her other issues. I gave her Children’s Xyzal and quickly after that she was sleeping. Of course around 2am Nora woke crying, probably noticing she was in a strange place for sleep… I frantically ran to the basement as I didn’t want her to wake Nadia. Which meant I fell asleep on the floor between them until my alarm went off at 6:30am. At least we got some sleep I guess. But what do I do tonight? Keep them together again?? Have them try sharing a bedroom again? Ugh.

Sleep!

It’s Friday! And Nadia slept from around 8pm last night until 5am. I didn’t exactly want to get up at 5am, but sleeping through the night is huge for her. I had a feeling the night was going to suck, as she fell asleep on me around 4pm, but I woke her before 5.

The girls are home again today with me, even though our COVID was negative and they are mostly just still a bit stuffy. They will both go back to school Monday, I pray. They haven’t been to the dentist in forever and were due around March when the world seemed to shut down. Thus our appointments have been rescheduled and rescheduled I don’t know how many times. So today is the day. Pray for me. Seriously. I have no idea what Nadia will be wearing. Much less if she will even let me brush her teeth before we go. I really, really dread this. I should have tried to make the appointments when Eric could have gone with us, but… such is life.

Sensory Processing Disorder

I finished another book over the weekend, “The Out-of-Sync Child” by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A. A physical therapist friend recommended it, so Keri, if you’re reading this, thank you so much, it was an extremely helpful book!

The first part of the book offered a questionaire to gage your child’s symptoms, and obviously is in no way 100% accurate, but it gave me some insight… Nadia scored high, meaning possible issues in a few areas… touch, sleeping, and social-emotional described her issues very well. The book had a ton of information, and I won’t even try to explain what each of those mean in technical/medical terms, as I’m not sure I fully understand myself.

The book was not awesome at, although very good at, suggesting ways to overcome sensory issues. However, most of the best forms of treatment involve professional therapy by an occupational therapist. This didn’t surprise me in the least, as we received a referral to OT back in August from Nadia’s pediatrician. Problem is, there are very, very few pediatric OTs in our area, and then COVID-19 made getting medical help even harder. I know we are still on the wait list for an evaluation, but who knows when we will be called to schedule such. And, that reminds me, Nadia’s eye exam keeps getting pushed out further and further as well.

So for now, I guess I wait, and try to learn as much as I can on my own. I have another book to read on the topic, and a few others I might look into purchasing. We have been giving Nadia, well, and Nora, magnesium each night, and by golly, the shit must really work as Nadia has been sleeping through the night ever since! No seriously people, I swear it must be a miracle drug or something! The girls do take vitamins, but just some random gummy vitamins that I see don’t actually contain any magnesium. I guess I should research a better kid’s vitamin, although it has to taste great or I assume my girls will reject it… Any suggestions?

Another Good Night!

Nadia slept almost through the night last night. She woke at 5am. I tried to get her back to sleep but failed until I finally crawled into her bed with her, and then she slept from maybe 5:45am until a little after 7am. So still a huge improvement over our previous years of her existence! She did nap an hour today, but then I couldn’t get her to sleep until almost 8:30pm tonight. So we’ll see how tonight goes…

All Night!!!

So get this… A lovely lady commented on my post yesterday suggesting I give Nadia a magnesium containing product. I, of course, went to our pharmacy yesterday and found it. As I’m desperate to try anything. I gave it to both the girls before bed last night. AND NADIA SLEPT THE ENTIRE NIGHT. Okay, I did go down to her bedroom once to cover her back up, but she went right back to sleep. That was it! One cover up! Miracle product? Coincidence? I guess we’ll see how tonight goes…