LOL…Okay well its not really that serious…but its serious!
JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL!!!
Emma Renee has been giving us the BLUES!!!
So here is the deal…when we came home with Douglass, Emma was doing good with going to bed. Then the last week everything just CHANGED and CHANGED in a big way! When it came time to go to bed Emma would flip out crying, screaming…and doing everything to stay up (one night she performed until well after midnight)…
This has been going on for a few days so I went to the internet to figure out ways to get her to go to sleep. I also asked a few moms to see what suggestions they had for us.
I learned two things…
SCHEDULE & CONSISTENCY
So the next morning after doing research I came up with a Bedtime Routine…
Emma eats slow so dinner should last for about 30-45 mins
Time to Wind for the Night
*clean up toys
*put on pajamas
NIGHTY NIGHT Emma
We just started this routine…and even though she went to bed a little late Sunday night she did very well. The two major things I learned in my research is being consistent and making a schedule. I know we are all over the place right now because of Darrick II being in the hospital but I have to buckle down and plan ahead of time so bedtime can be pleasant and not a dreaded thing for the entire house! Before doing some research… I dreaded bedtime and I HATED how upset I was getting with Emma (because we have NEVER had an issue with sleep). I don’t like her going to bed after getting in trouble! So I have since calmed myself down and realized that we have to get on a schedule and create a routine and hopefully this works for all of us. And a MAJOR factor in all of this is my attitude rubs off on her…if I am angry the performance continues, so if I come in calm she usually is calm also!
I have created a schedule for the daytime as well because it plays such a vital role in bedtime! We now wake up earlier, take a nap earlier…with the hopes that by bedtime she is too tired to fight sleep! I am also proud of myself for creating a schedule and trying to be more consistent…I’m not strict like a Drill Sargent, I leave a little “wiggle room” but I started yesterday and today was our first full day but its been pretty good!!