No Sleep and My Sensitive Monkey

Why, my dear boy Jack, can you not sleep past 6am? Why is it that 6am is actually late for you? Mommy is tired....as much as I love you cuddling with me on the couch, and as much as I love to watch you sleep - must you wait until I am wide awake before you fall asleep again? We have tried everything - we feed you late, we don't feed you after 7pm, you've gotten extra jars of food, fewer jars of food, extra naps, no naps......really we are beat. I love you dearly, but Mommy is starting to look really haggard, and she is losing her marbles a little....maybe tonight?

My first baby boy, my little Tommy monkey...is growing up faster than I can stand. We have noticed in the past couple of weeks that his vocabulary and communication skills have taken off. We have also noticed a pleasant side effect - many less and much more manageable tantrums. Now that he can tell us what he feels/thinks he doesn't loose control as much - it's wonderful.

We have come to accept the fact that Tommy is a very sensitive boy. He is tough and rugged, runs, jumps and of course falls like a pro, but underneath it all he is a sensitive sweet little softy. While I love this side of him, there are times where he just gets too upset and he is just so worked up he no longer has any control. Times like these are the hardest, I often have to grab my sweet little guy, wrap him in his favorite blanket and just snuggle him until he finally comes out of it, sometimes, if we are lucky, we can put him in "time out" in the recliner and he will bring himself out of it. It can take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes to get us back to normal. These events exhaust us all, and I feel at times we are on eggshells trying to avoid it from happening again.

These events are what we have been seeing less and less of lately...I am hopeful that he is mostly growing out of them, that his increased vocabulary is helping him express himself better. But I am fearful that it is also a pleasant by-product of me not working right now, I am fearful that the uncontrolled reactions will return full force, with frequency once I go back to my crazy schedule...
Exchange between Tommy and I yesterday:

Mommy drops a piece of food on the floor - picks it up and tosses it in the trash...

Tommy: Good Job Mommy!!

Mommy: Thanks Tommy.
Tommy: Yucky...threw it in the trash.
Mommy: Yup that was yucky and I threw it in the trash.
Tommy comes over to Mommy and pats her bum
Tommy: So smart Mommy!!


  1. I hope things get better with both boys. I've heard that a lot of tantrums are due to the child being frustrated b/c they can't communicate their feelings. Hopefully that's it & things will improve!

  2. I can so feel your frustration. Addsy gets like that when she hurts or when nasty reflux rears it's ugly head. She will not let us comfort her. She just screams and screams. It's like she's a different person.
    Hang in there, Liz!

  3. I know exactly how you feel! Our youngest son also woke up at 6:00 a.m. every morning...He did that until he was about 13 yrs., then slept until about 8:00 a.m. Now, at 17 yrs., he will "sleep in" until around 9:00 a.m. He only sleeps that late now because he stays up later on the weekends. He's just always been an early riser.

    Sorry...that's not very encouraging for you, is it?! Your little one will probably learn to sleep longer. In the meantime, you and hubby may just have to go to bed earlier, so you can get some rest.

    Good luck!

  4. I laughed out loud when reading the exchange between you and Tommy. He's really getting to be a big boy.


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