You might have noticed that this entry has nothing to do with the book I'm reading or what I've said this blog was going to be about. Why? Because I'm so tired, I can't think. I literally summoned all the energy I had in my body today and did the MOUNTAIN of work that I had in my e-mail inbox at work this morning and I am just...done.
See, here's the deal. Awhile back, Justin was sleeping in our bed every single night. It was really taking a toll on us because Scott kept getting kicked in the head in the middle of the night and, well, you know...it doesn't help our intimacy issues to have a kid in between us all the time. So, we said, "That's it, buddy. You're moving to your own bed!" We got a trick from Super Nanny (which is such an awesome show!) and she talked about how to get a kid out of your bed. Well, the first night SUCKED...but it WORKED. And, after that, he never wanted to sleep in our bed again. Victory! And it only took ONE night!
Psych! Not victory. Because, the technique that I used was one where you sit in the middle of the child's room while they fall asleep. Each night, you are supposed to move further and further from their bed until you are out in the hallway and the kid has learned how to put himself to sleep. But, I didn't do that...instead, I sat in the rocking chair next to his bed every night. This results in him running into our room at all hours of the night, yelling (to my friend Holly's amusement), "Mommy, get in your chair!" Sometimes, I do it and he goes back to sleep right away and I sneak back into bed easily and it's great. Last night was a first...I was in that chair the ENTIRE night! I would fall asleep and wake up and try to sneak back to bed and he would wake up not five minutes later and beckon me back.
To say that I was angry this morning would be an understatement. I was LIVID. So, once again, I am DONE with this. I honestly can't find enough cuss words to express my frustration. My friend, Kimberly, provided me with this video and my Aunt Terry (who is a psychologist) promised me this would work in under two weeks.
I'm curious as to whether any of my mom friends have dealt with this with their kids. Have you used this technique? And how long did it take to work?