Tuesday, July 14, 2009

No one should be awake at that hour

Jack woke up at 5:20 this morning. Last time I checked, that was well before the 7 a.m. wakeup time we instituted when we put the digital clock in his room.

So here's what we have tried, without success, over the last month: clock in his room and telling him he can only come out once it says 7; letting him get up and read books in his room until 7; laying in his bed with him after he wakes up too early; letting him come in our room and lay in our bed after he wakes up too early; letting him watch a video in our room after he wakes up too early; leaving him in his room and not going in until 7.

The problem lies in the layout of the house. His room is right next to Emmie's and when he gets pissed that he can't come out of his room, he starts yelling and wakes her up. And trust me, there's no way in hell I am dealing with two children at that ungodly hour of the day.

Today he was out of bed and down the stairs before I could even get to him. I couldn't drag him back upstairs in my delicate cerclage-d condition, so he ran downstairs to wake Grandma up. Isn't she lucky? So she spent the rest of the morning dealing with him while I took an hour to fall back asleep because I couldn't stop thinking about all the explanations for this ridiculous wakeup time. (I came up with exactly none.)

So tomorrow, we're moving the spare crib downstairs into the guest room and Emmie will get to sleep in peace while Jack screams and yells all he wants until 7 a.m. I figure it will take a few days of showing him we mean business until he gets it into his little brain that he really and truly can't come out until 7 a.m.

That and we're moving his bedtime to 6:45 p.m. I am hoping the Weissbluth sleep theory of "early bedtime=later wakeup time" will work for us. If not, I am just going to give him free reign of the house. I can't function at that hour anyway, so he might as well have a good time.

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Blogger Maureen Lipinski said...

We tried the HSHHC theory of early bedtime=later wake up, but that never worked for us. He just woke up even earlier. Hopefully it works for you--anything before 7am is ungodly.

July 15, 2009 1:36 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

What does he ask for first in the morning? Can you give it to him whithout disrupting the house?

My son (3 1/2) was getting up earlier than we'd like... I thought he wanted attention or something... nope, he wanted food. It sounds a little cruel like a zoo animal or a pet but now I leave him a baggie of Cherrios and a water bottle at night. He plays in his room and eats cereal quietly. I don't even notice he's awake for an extra hour!

July 15, 2009 6:13 PM  
Blogger lonek8 said...

my daughter would bang and bang on the door trying to wake us up in the mornings. now she plays quietly by herself until mommy is awake enough to come get her. hope Jack gets used to it quick

July 16, 2009 2:47 PM  

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