Sunday, December 10, 2006

The Saddest Boy in the World

The Bug has been a great sleeper for a long time. The Bee is another story, but that's another story...

The Bug is a busy little boy, but he gets tired and at either naptime or bedtime, has never been a problem. Just put him in bed, and he's off to sleep, usually without a sound.
This week has been a drastic change. All of a sudden he hates going to bed, and once there he climbs out immediately, and starts to sob and wail like his little heart is breaking. And you think yours will too. He will sit and cuddle up to me if he thinks he has to go to bed, for as long as he possibly can. He won't take his little bottle of water if he thinks he will have to go to bed. Anything to avoid it.

It doesn't appear that anything is physically wrong, as far as we can tell. It seems to be completely emotional. Perhaps he's had bad dreams and sleep is no longer the happy place it used to be? That's all that seems to make sense. The other night he woke up sobbing and when we went in to see him he was actually shaking. It's heartbreaking, but at the same time the whole house was awake and I don't think anyone got more than a couple of hours sleep. Not a very sustainable way to function.

I'm hoping this is a phase of some sort. A very short phase. For his sake and for the rest of the family. In the meantime, the house echoes with the sobs of the saddest boy in the world.

1 comment:

Mmmmaaahvelous said...

Aww...Mrs. Mitten...so sad about the little Bug...bad dreams are so mean when they are little...I have no answers, just cuddles when W is in that state, which seems to happen when he's overtired/missed a nap, etc. Has the routine changed? Either parent been away more often? Maybe it's the idea that Santa watches when you are sleeping...that would freak me out!
Good sleep vibes to your little family! Hope Bug turns around soon.