As the title states, I am exhausted lately. Hayley, who will be 4 in October, has been going through a couple of months of really bad sleep, which is causing her to wake up at the ungodly hour of 5 AM most mornings. While this might not sound bad to some of you who have really early risers, I will tell you, that she does not go to bed till around 9 PM most nights. She is technically only getting 8 hours of sleep! That is not enough for a 3.5 year old!
Hayley was my amazing sleeper as a baby- she slept at 10 weeks old through the night. She never gave me any issues in the sleep department whatsoever. Even when we transitioned her to a crib at 3 years, 2 months- she did a beautiful job transitioning.
However, the last month or so, my husband and I decided we were going to eliminate her naps because she was being put to sleep around 830/9 pm, but not falling asleep untill after midnight most nights. We were tired of having her fall asleep so late in the evening, that we decided to gradually cut her nap and see if that made a difference. Well, now we have the reverse problem.
She goes to sleep easily at 830/9 but is calling out for us starting at 430 AM. Most times she is calling out because she has to go to the bathroom (which I have no problem taking her) but then she does not fall back asleep! She screams out for us from 4:30 AM on, that she is not tired anymore. I can’t have her scream because Zane’s room is right across the hall and she would readily wake him up. So, every 30 minutes or so, I have to keep going back to her room to try to get her to go back to sleep. It is exhausting being woken at 4:30 AM for the day. It is honestly worse than having a newborn!
I am not sure what to do, so I thought I seek out advise from my readers. I have tried most tactics, including having a monkey alarm clock that is set to shine bright when it is time to get up. However, she just screams, that the monkey needs to get up now! Any ideas? I would love to hear them! Please help this tired mommy out! Thanks!