I need some advice!

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My daughter is 15 months old. She sleeps pretty well through the night but has her off days. Every morning lately I get up with her at 8:30AM. I go into her room, sit on the big bed in her room while she is in the crib talking and fall asleep while she is awake. I feel terrible that I'm doing this but I can't keep myself awake! Any advice? I feel terrible :( that she is awake staring at me trying to get me up and I just can't :(

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Navy - posted on 08/13/2012

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You could try not sitting/lying down on the bed? Doing so is only going to make you want to go back to sleep which isn't what you want to do. So try just going into the room, scooping her up, and getting the both of you ready for the day with breakfast, a play activity, or a show on Nick Jr. or PBS. Whatever you want. Or you could try an alarm, whether on a cell phone or a bedside clock. I wouldn't blame you if you opted out of that one though. I hate alarms. Lol.

For myself. I sleep until my almost three year old little girl let's me know she's ready to get out of her room. (I realize your daughter probably can't tell you at this point, but later down the road maybe.) We keep a gate on her room door still so she can't roam around and get into things. So if she wakes up before I do on the weekdays, she just plays in her room with her toys until she let's me know she wants out. Works for me.

It takes time, but eventually you will find what works for the both of you. :]

Dawn - posted on 08/13/2012

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If she's not complaining about it, I wouldn't worry. We moms need our sleep!

Do you nap when she naps throughout the day?

Have you tried drinking a cup of coffee in the morning?

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Lol thanks I may try coffee and ya I guess I still just have to adjust. Thanks for the advice and kind words :) I don't feel so dumb anymore!

Dawn - posted on 08/13/2012

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It's funny...My sister-in-law told me that she never drank coffee until she had kids. I never did either. Once I started, though, I can feel a major difference. Just like any other drug, though, your body can adjust to it so you need more and more. I reserve one cup of coffee mornings for the ones when I don't get a good night's rest. When I wake up feeling rested, I just go about my day without it.

And' yes, we have to adjust our sleep schedules to theirs, at least until they're moderately self sufficient. Rest when you can. Don't worry about the housework or the emails (or Facebook). It'll still be there waiting for you when you've had a good night's sleep ;-)

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Thanks :) she just recently has started getting up at 8:30AM for the past month consistently. She would always get up at different times ( between 8:30-10:30 ) before. I guess I'm just not used to getting up so early every morning yet when before I could sleep in later. I guess it will just take some getting used to :)

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She cries sometimes and no I don't nap with her. I sometimes do but not all the time and I don't drink coffee.

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