Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Nights are NOT Fun for Me

For a while now, probably 2 months, Cameron has been VERY defiant and very opposed to going to bed. He's determined that he not be alone upstairs, or if he is, then he MUST have a light on. I don't know what his problem is, I thought maybe he was afraid, but he swears he's not. I do have a theory though....I think it's either his medication or a new anxiety showing it's head.
Cameron has pretty much been an EXCELLENT sleeper. Don't get me wrong, he hasn't been sleeping through the night since he was a day old, or anything like that, he's had his moments, but for the most part, we haven't had the night-time challenges a lot of people do.
Last night Steve and I fought with Cameron for FOUR hours! FOUR HOURS! We punished him, grounded him, lectured him, and finally talked and talked and talked with him, but we're STILL at a loss. My main problem with his sleeping issues has to do with the fact that he disturbs his brother. I would have NO problem if Cameron had his OWN bedroom, and I could just let him scream and cry all he wants, but we have a small-ish apartment and it's NOT an option to just let him go. I've tossed around the idea of putting Jacob back in our bedroom until things settle down, but I'm not sure that I can do that.
Thankfully, Cameron and Jacob have a check-up scheduled for tomorrow morning. I will most DEFINITELY be discussing the recent sleeping problems. Cam's also been SUPER grumpy lately, and I'm sure a lot of it has to do with the fact that he's not sleeping well, but I think there might be more to it.
Right now there's a slight lull in the screaming. Jake is downstairs with me while we wait for Cameron to fall asleep, despite his protests. I hope tonight isn't as crazy as last night. I don't know if my sanity could survive it.


Elena said...

OH I am the sleeping-problem-children queen. The only kid that sleeps good here is Kate. Carter still refuses to sleep in his own room and absolutely PANICS if the lights are off. (Some nights he sleeps the entire night with the light on.) He does better when we lay by him for a while (at bed time). Sometimes we read stories. And we've also given in at times and let him take the DS with him. He falls asleep playing it. You just do what you have to do to give yourself some sanity. And the kid too. Crying can't be good for anyone involved. Good luck, hope the doc has some answers for you.

Jewelle said...

Hmmm...maybe it is the time of the year. Lily has never been a good sleeper, but for about two months now she has been sneaking out of her bedroom to sleep elsewhere. Usually it is on our bed or on the floor next to her bed. But sometimes we find her in random places throughout the house too. Definitely talk to your doc about it. I hope it all gets solved. Send some suggestions my way if you get any good ones! ;) By the way how is mom handling the less sleep? I hope you are functioning okay!