I was planning on trying to sneak a quick nap in my day today because, well, I’m tired, but my son decided to throw a wrench into my plans.
You see, out typical day goes something like this:
Wake up: 7:00
Wake up: 3:00
I know, it looks quite boring, but what can I say, I’m a creature of habit. And apparently, so is he
Anyways, we’ve been running with this for the past month and a half or so (ever since he dropped his morning nap) and it has been working well. But for the past few days, the routine is off. Well, actually, the initial wake up is off which, in turn, screws with our routine.
You see, the little guy has been waking around 5 am. Grrr… waaaaay too early in my book if you ask me. To be honest though, it hasn’t been that bad because he generally chatters for up to an hour, falls back asleep a bit and wakes around 7, but this morning, it was 6:15 and he was starting to get pissy in his crib. So I got him up.
He was actually in a super good mood. I mean, he “tidied” up our Xbox game collection, played hide and seek, “helped” me pick up in the spare room, played lets-climb-up-onto-mommy’s-bed and brought book after book after book for me to read to him.
But then as he was sitting on me and looking at the pictures in the millionth book he brought me, he started having a hissy fit. I was like ‘OK, what’s up Dude?’. I picked him up and rubbed his back to calm him down and within about 30 seconds, he was completely knocked out.
It goes without saying that I was rather surprised. I mean, I think he was a newborn the last time he fell asleep in my arms like that.
Some of you may be wondering right about now why it’s a problem that he fell asleep when he did. Well, it’s because it was 11:50 when it happened. We were about to sit down and have some lunch. I did have a glimmer of hope that he would wake up when I’d set him down in his crib, but he didn’t. He remained resolutely asleep, which means that I would be eating my own lunch while he was napping and he would most likely wake up once I would be close to falling asleep. (As it turns out, he slept from 11:50 to 1:15 and I was indeed on the verge of falling asleep for a short nap when he woke up – oh well…).
So, I guess the questions is, what’s up with him?
Just thinking out loud here:
I don’t think it’s the Christmas/New Year parties because we’ve only been to three and my partner and I have been very anal about leaving early enough to make sure that the little Dude would be in his crib by 8:00 maximum.
Of course, it might be teething…again. That usually screws around with his (and our) sleep.
Perhaps he’s waking up so early because he’s not spending enough energy during the day. I mean, he’s waaay too bundled up to be able to play outside (besides, it’s friggen cold these days – almost 40 below today), but we are playing around the house as much as possible.
In the same line of thought, maybe his nap is too long in relation to his bedtime or to the amount of energy he spends in one day.
Maybe it’s because of the Holidays and the fact that his normal daycare days aren’t happening seeing as both his father and I are off until the 6th of January. I suppose we’ll see next week if everything goes back to normal.
Is it possible that his early wakings are due to the fact that he should be going to bed later? I mean, we’ve been keeping a 7:00 – 7:15 bedtime for the past 5-6 months or so, but every time he’s gone to bed later for a reason, he has still woken up at 7:00.
It does make me wonder though…
How old are your little ones? What time is bedtime for them and at what time to they typically wake up in the morning?