Friday, April 27, 2007

Forecast: A Full Night of Sleep When They Grow Up and Move Out

I'm tired, I'm pissed and I said a lot of things last night that I already regret.

Cheeks had not one, not two, but three major tantrums overnight. At one point he barked like a dog. Figure that one out.

My eyes hurt. I feel like I have a newborn who wakes me turn nurse every hour, except I don't. None of my children are newbies any more. Cheeks reminds me of one, though. His emotional, sometimes violent, outbursts take me back to his nightly newborn, 8 p.m.-on-the-dot crying and kicking fits. They would last for two hours at least, sometimes as long as three.

Neighbors arrived at my front door, as they do now, all those years ago to see if "everything's okay" or to ask me "to keep it down with the baby." We're in a different neighborhood now and nearly four years have passed since Cheeks dreaded punctual colick attacks, yet the neighbors here probably wonder if we're beating him. The crashing sounds of piggy banks breaking, shoes being pelted one after the other at a flimsy bedroom door and incessant wailing and what truly sounds like barking, these are the sounds we're known for now on our block. A neighbor five houses up the street confirmed that she can hear Cheeks' tantrums. I used to worry about the embarrassment. Now I worry that a neighbor, especially the poor couple right next door, is going to call the cops or Child Services.

This has to stop.

Cheeks' older brother, The Lawyer, isn't sleeping enough because of the nightly bloodcurdling scream interruptions. He covers his ears, hides under his pillow. Eventually we send him to our bedroom, where he can at least muffle the noise with bigger pillows and a thicker door. He stays awake anyway, listening to his brother's fits escalate, then fizzle out, usually after about 45 minutes.

One of the Lawyer's teachers asked me why he seems so tired. "Is he getting enough sleep?" Apparently he's become a regular at the office and has taken to "resting" on the couch there.

I have to go wake him now for his Friday field trip. This time he's going to a dairy and produce farm twenty miles up the freeway. Maybe he'll catch some z's on the way there while I try to keep Cheeks asleep a little longer at home. I'm not ready for him to wake up just yet.

(Don't care to spell check.)

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12 Comments:

At 11:26 AM, Blogger Em said...

Wow..not much to say other than you have my sympathy. Nights like that are the reason some animals eat their young!

 
At 11:34 AM, Blogger Lara said...

oh dear... i hope you all are able to get some sleep soon. :(

 
At 12:36 PM, Blogger Shauna said...

I can totally relate. Elise was up at 3am. Finally got her to sleep at 4:30. Then Nicholas woke at 5am because he wet his bed. Ugh.

Hope it gets better for you soon!

(Found you via MyBlogLog; thanks for the add!).

 
At 4:42 PM, Anonymous L.A. Daddy said...

Hmm.

We were/are lucky with our first. No real problems and she sleeps thru the night and such.

But LA Mommy and I are worried. Her pregnancy has been much rougher this time around. We think we might have a "handful" on our hands this time around.

I hate paybacks.

Get some rest when you can. Patience, grasshopper. Patience.

 
At 8:43 PM, Blogger crazymumma said...

Cheeks sounds a bit like my littlgirl (the sabotogeur)(?) spellcheck indeed. They grow, they change.

Did you really have neighbours who asked you to keep it down?

Hope you have a good night.

 
At 1:46 PM, Blogger Mama Sarita said...

Good lord...that sounds awful for everyone. Im sure you have tried everything, but I will just chime in with some stuff I have been trying. If you are like me, you may have already tried everything from burrying coins in your back yard because someone told you that may work....

I really like calms forte. My baby has been nick named the little tyrant by my dad because of how worked up he gets. Calms forte is a homeopathic...it claims to stop 'senseless crying' (snort) and to help kids calm down and get sleepy. I was wary about the whole thing, but it seems to work well on my babe.

I also like rescue remedy. It is a bach flower essence. It has a small bit of alcohol in it (its a tincture type thing) but you spray it under the tongue. Im not exactly sure how you get that into a freaking out child, but I have been known to spray it in diva child's mouth mid scream.

Hang in there. It is so hard to be patient when the kids are having such a hard time. To be honest, we had to finally let diva child yell herself to sleep one night. She was just running me ragged and the dynamic became very not good. It was let her yell or me totally lose it with her. We talked about it before hand, I told her I wasn't coming back in until morning...gave her everything she needed. And then I didn't go back. It has really helped, but It took me getting to the place where I didn't feel like I was harming her by doing that. But it was better than me freaking out at her out of sheer exhasperation. Oh and the later she stays up the worse she is...the more she freaks, the earlier she wakes...the more tired we all are. When she is monstrous she goes to bed at 6:45.

Anyway, not to go on and on. I just feel for you. I hope you have a much better weekend.

 
At 12:31 AM, Anonymous kellypea said...

Um...dunno what to say other than I'm sorry and relieved that my youngest is 15 and truly, truly wish you support and rest...somewhere.

 
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