This kid is a SLEEPER. I mean, I have yet to meet a kid who sleeps more than this one. I find this entertaining as I’m the one usually up by 5:30am on the weekends, yet MY kid sleeps until 9am. OR LATER.
“Oh, Kim. He must go to bed late then, right?”
7pm weeknights. SEVEN O’CLOCK. Sometimes we let him stay up until 8pm on the weekends, but usually that extra hour makes him cranky. So, on the weekends, he goes to bed around 7:30 and sleeps until I WAKE HIM UP. If I didn’t wake him up? He probably would sleep until 9am. One day, when Donnie and I had a race and E was in charge of getting up with the kids, we came home around 10am and Wes was STILL ASLEEP.
“Oh, Kim. He must just not take naps then, right?”
3 hours. THREE HOURS. On the weekends he takes AT LEAST a 2 hour nap, but most days it’s three. And some days I even have to wake him up at 3 hours. So, he sleeps for at least 15 hours a day over the weekends. (Less on the weekdays as I have to wake him up around 6:30am for school.) Or, you could look at it as, he is ONLY AWAKE NINE HOURS a day. MAXIMUM.
While this is 90% awesome as a parent, it does mean that I have to be very understanding when he can’t get all the sleep he needs/wants. Which was YESTERDAY. Weekdays are already a little sensitive as he has to get up early for school, but yesterday his teacher said he only napped 30 minutes. Not that she had to tell me, his crying for me when I got to school told me everything I needed to know. He’s usually quite laid back, so I know something’s up when he’s irrationally upset.
And he cried for the better part of the night.
This is usually one of those moments when, as a parent, I lose all patience. I often send him to bed when he’s irrationally upset, but last night? I knew it was just because he was tired. So, I held him all night. Even while I was cooking and cleaning. I let him watch TV, I pampered him at the grocery store. Just about everything he wanted, I complied with.
This is one of those many times where parenting is NOT black and white. My parenting was wrong by all definitions of spoiling. YOU DON’T GIVE IN TO EVERYTHING. EVER. Just about every normal parenting method tells you that. But sometimes, as a parent, you just know. You just know what they need.