Holy Stressed Out Mama!!

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Holy stressed out mama!! For those of you that do not know my little monkeys personally, let me tell you that they are one strong willed bunch. I’m talking stubborn to the core. Each has his own way of stubbornness, but the youngest is about to do me in…. and he’s only four. Let me start by telling you that this child already knows how to wrap people around his little finger. He bats his eyes, he loves, cuddles and hugs and is known for saying some of the sweetest things, but….
He has never been a great sleeper. Ever since he was born, he has had a tendency to just want to be up in the middle of the night. And this is where mommy and her sweet baby butt heads. I LOVE sleep! I mean, seriously love sleep. I am not a morning person, nor am I a night person. I am a sleep person. #Pisces But back to my current problem child. He has gone through stages since infancy and he was to the point of being ok once he fell asleep (It would take a little while and he was going to get up once or twice). Lately, he wants no part of going to bed. For the past two weeks we put him in bed between 7:30-8:00 and it is 10:00 -10:30 (or later) before he actually goes to sleep. Now, this wouldn’t be a problem if he was just in his bed singing songs or something. Oh, no. It’s a full on party. He is up messing with the middle child so he can’t sleep, playing Nerf gun wars, plundering through his oldest brothers room after he is asleep, or using all my good purple shampoo that I left in their bathroom for a “science experiment”. The past two weeks have been so draining. It’s not like I can relax or get anything done because until he falls asleep, I have to constantly keep putting him back to bed. Ya’ll, I even got up one morning to find that he had helped himself to leftover pizza and some Mountain Dew from the kitchen (after I had fallen asleep). Yep, sleeping with pizza crust in his bed. Not only is it difficult to get him in the bed, it is hell trying to get him out of it. This morning I’m pretty sure I almost pulled his arm out of socket trying to get him out of the floor while he was kicking and screaming. Then he knocked an end table and sent a lamp flying to the floor. The oldest two haven’t made it to school on time in two weeks and I’m pretty sure the school is about to contact me about that. Help me, Lord!

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Now this ain’t my first rodeo. My oldest has never been a great sleeper either, but I learned how to help him very early in his life. Consistent bedtime routines and wind down time helped the oldest, but it does NOTHING for the youngest. We have tried it all including crying, pleading, bribery and spanking. I’m convinced nothing short of locking him in his room or strapping him to the bed is going to help. However, I have ordered a couple of things that I’m going to try. Thanks to Amazon, I have Good Sleep essential oil on the way and a bottle of Zarbee’s Natural Children’s Sleep with Melatonin Supplement. (P.S.-their cough syrup and some peppermint oil in the diffuser works wonders for nighttime coughing) So, that’s it. My last ditch effort to get the party animal to sleep at a reasonable time so he isn’t such a beast in the morning. I’ll let you know if we make any progress. Has anyone else ever dealt with this and have a miracle remedy? I’m totally open for suggestions.
XO-
One Stressed Out and Tired Mother.

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