So I believe you all saw my photo of the redesign we did of the girls' room? For those of you who didn't, here it is again. I'm so proud:
I absolutely love that room now, when it's neat, and when the dang decal doesn't fall off the wall, but the downside of dismantling bunk beds in favour of two individual beds is, it seems, a loss of a sense of security on the part of the child who used to sleep on the bottom bunk.
That's right. You guessed it. My almost 6 year old, who had been sleeping through the night relatively consistently for quite a while, now wakes up once or twice a night and insists on being put back to bed. It wouldn't be such a problem if she'd wake up at normal kid wake up times, like 1 or 2am, when Fred is actually in bed, but for some reason she's choosing to come get me and rouse me from sleep at anywhere between 9:30 and 11pm. I can't figure it out.
Anyways, we've tried all the approaches we can think of. The incentive program, where she sleeps for X number of nights and then "earns" a prize, has worked in the past, but it's not working now. We're currently not letting her watch any tv at all until she sleeps five nights in a row, but incredibly even that isn't having any sort of an impact. I'm now seriously considering pushing my husband to drop the cable bill (as IF) because if the kids don't need Treehouse, what are we paying that bill for? Yelling doesn't work, threats don't work, pleading doesn't work, bribes don't work.
Last week I had an appointment with a new retailer and while I was in the store my eye was caught by this bizarre looking ladybug. When the owner told me what it was for, I nearly jumped out of my pants from excitement! This ladybug would solve Azure's sleep problems!
The thing is a soft body with a hard shell, and the shell is perforated with a series of stars, and when the room is dark and it's turned on it projects a constellation on the walls and ceiling and this is supposed to provide the child with a sense of security. I figured this would be a great gimmick for Azure as she insists she can't sleep with the light off, but at the same time, I wonder if it's because of the light that she's waking up at odd hours.
Anyways, I came back the next day with Azure to get her approval and she fell in love (she attaches easily to material things - that's my daughter!) so we bought it.
That first night was great. She was so excited to use it that she went to bed with no problems and when she woke up at night, she turned it on and went back to sleep.
But the novelty seems to have worn off, a measly two nights later. She seems to wake up disoriented and does not remember to turn it on. So then how does she remember to come find me every night??
I'm working my way to the punchline here, so bear with me.
So LAST night Fred put her down at the usual time, around 8:15pm, and she fell asleep quickly as she usually does. Phoenix was another story and at 9:45pm when Azure woke up for the first time, Phoenix was still wide awake. I followed Azure to her room and turned off the overhead light, which she'd flicked on to look for something, put her into her bed and turned on the ladybug. At that point Phoenix, who had followed me, insisted she wanted the ladybug for herself, so I told her that she was welcome to get into "her" bed and sleep there and then she could see the lights. She climbed in, lay down, I tucked her in and I left the room.
About ten minutes later I was ready to pass out myself but I was nervous that Phoenix would wake up Azure or, if she was actually, miraculously asleep, that she'd roll off the bed, so I went back in to check on them. And they were both FAST ASLEEP. Phoenix was a little too close to the edge for my comfort so I moved her over and put a pillow next to her so she couldn't roll, and she stirred and complained that she wanted to stay in that bed, so I went back to bed and went to sleep.
At 11pm I was jolted out of sleep and out of bed by a child calling, but Fred was in the kitchen and went to check it out.
And then it was morning, after a long series of awakenings caused by anxiety about not being able to hear the kids and Fred's snoring. And Phoenix had not only gotten into the bed by herself and gone to sleep by herself, but she'd SLEPT THE ENTIRE NIGHT THROUGH WITHOUT ME!
Oh, there is a god. And he's an electronic ladybug.
Fingers crossed it happens again tonight! Can you imagine that I could sleep by myself for the rest of this pregnancy?? Maybe I can even convince Fred to go snore in another room...
If anyone has suggestions for Azure, I'm all ears!
This is a photo of the ladybug, and if you click here you'll be taken to the Cloud B Twilight homepage (which needs lots of work!). The photo was taken from the website.