I don’t know if you know this about my twins, but they have some pretty special talents.
Alison has an amazing ability. Alison can sleep through anything, something I totally wish I could do. She received this special talent from her father. Josh can fall asleep sitting up or pretty much anywhere in as few as five minutes, even with the TV blasting and babies crying and poking him in his face. I mean Josh can even sleep through hiccups! So Alison can even sleep through Lisa’s special talent — crying bloody murder.
When people ask if my twins wake each other up at night, the answer is (mostly) no! Alison will sleep through me going in and out of their room, Lisa’s non-stop crying and hysterics for hours, and small noises. She’s amazing! She also falls asleep super easy. If she didn’t have Lisa entertaining her, she would probably fall asleep at nap time like 3 times faster.
And let’s talk about Lisa here! That girl can scream for hours. Literally. She has a great set of lungs, also inherited from her father, the opera singer. And not only does she have stamina, she also has quality screams: Lisa’s screams pierce your very core and doesn’t allow your own thoughts to formulate coherently. Amazing huh?
So to recap:
Lisa = difficult napper, excellent screamer.
Alison = awesome sleeper.
Josh = awesome sleeper, excellent singer
I, Kate = tired Momma?
Why do I bring up their special talents today you ask? Well, two days ago we switched the girls to toddler beds. And while they have been going to sleep at night without a single problem, nap time feels a little like a two vs. one wrestling match. While I can put them back in their cribs several times and have that work for Alison after about the seventh time or so, Lisa plays mind games with me, like she always does…. She needs to go potty. She wants food. She wants a drink. She want to snuggle. She ultimately wants something other than to go to sleep in her crib.
Yesterday, day 1 of toddler beds, I ended up giving Lisa a bowl of cereal in her bed and then she sat there, ate it, and afterwards went to sleep.
Today, she would have none of my antics of simply putting her back onto the bed… So I got a lot of exercise and she got to scream and cry for about 1.5 hours. I tried humming, singing, back rubbing, snuggling with her as she laid on the bed, and even rocking her and letting her lay on me, as well as the hard-liner stance of not saying anything and putting her back on to her bed repeatedly for about a half-hour straight, to which her response was generally screaming harder, and saying “Hold me!” I hate being a hard-liner when all your child wants is for you to hold her.
But, here lies the problem with holding her… I generally can’t lay her down afterwards and have her stay asleep, thus I have to reface a screaming child again. Or she decides that after a few minutes of being held, crying stopped, that she has energy and wants to play!
So, as I am writing this, Lisa is lying on my chest, her favorite place to lie. I suppose the difficulty of her sleep habits are not helped by my “giving in” but seriously, I would rather have her at least rest (and at night both of us rest), have Alison sleep, and me not go crazy because of the non-stop screaming.
Today I am tempted to put the front back onto Lisa’s crib…
We’ll see what tomorrow brings.
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