*yawn* I’m tired, folks. It’s been a little over four years since my oldest child was born and I can count on one hand the number of nights I’ve slept all the way through the night in a bed by myself or just with my husband.
I’m so sick and tired of my kids running into our room in the middle of the night and crawling into bed with us, refusing to go back to their rooms. I’ve had it.
Co-sleeping might be sweet and help everyone sleep in the first year but now? I’m over the feet and hands in my face in hair all night. I’m tired of rolling over slightly to reposition only to have the empty space filled with a child rolling over to get closer to me.
I have no idea how to fix it. I know lots of kids come to their parents’ beds in the mornings for a long time, but my kids are coming to our room around midnight. I’ve tried laying on their floor from the time they wake to come to our room until morning but then they just try to lay on the floor next to me and then I sleep even worse than in my bed.
I’ve tried having them sleep on the couch, kind of a midway point between their room (which apparently is horrible and cannot be slept in all night) and our room, but that lasts for maybe an hour.
I’ve tried walking them back to their room and firmly demanding that they sleep in their bed. That only results in crying, weeping, and no sleep.
Nothing works. I have no idea how to fix it but I can’t keep doing this.
I don’t even know what I’m asking of you. Empathy? Can’t-fail solutions? A pat on the shoulder? I don’t know. I’m too tired to care.
*Edited to add: I know, this post is a big heap of self-pity today. I know there are people in worse sleep situations than me and in the grand scheme of things, I’ll look back in 10 years and miss the hands in my hair all night. But if I don’t figure out a way to sleep soon, I’m not going to be able to enjoy the time I spend with my kids during the day.