My two-year-old needs a LOT of sleep. So much sleep that I try to avoid telling people how much of it she needs so as to not get evil glares. The thing is, she doesn’t fall asleep well. All of the events of the day take it’s toll on her at night, and it’s difficult for her to relax. She falls in and out of restless sleep and then eventually around 1am falls into a REM.
Because of this, it is absolutely impossible to wake her up before 9am. I mean, you CAN wake her up, but what ensues is a day that will leave you balled up in a corner somewhere crying and pleading for it to end. So basically, I try to avoid at all costs anything that requires waking her up before then. And here’s where the trouble starts….. …continue reading
Ok, so here it is….a rant. I try to stay positive about life to keep my sanity, but I write this blog because people wonder what it’s really like on the inside of an Autism family, and this morning, at 4:51 am, as I have already finished my shower, and already watched the complete Toy Story movie with Nicholas, I’m going to tell you how it really is/can be.
Here is just a tiny glimpse into the night-life of this family. (Which I’ve shared before, but it’s ongoing, and evolving at this point.) Now, granted, it does not happen every night, and in fact, it’s happened less lately than it has in several months. But when it happens, it happens, and it’s bad.
After a long day with the kids, I am usually wiped out. It is rare for me, anymore to stay up past 9 pm during the week, mostly because I’m afraid of who is going to interrupt my sleep on that given night, and I just want to maximize my zzz’s while I can. This means that my husband and I spend very little time together to begin with, because dinnertime and bedtime activities fill the hours when he comes home from work around 5:30pm, and by the time the kids are down, the kitchen is cleaned, and I have had 15 minutes to look on my computer at whatever I need to, I have hit the wall and can’t stay up any longer. So you have that…. …continue reading