Finally, I have time to write. I guess that brings up the topic of sleep with a special needs child or children.
The first week of school it was great no one to interrupt him and he was taking four-hour naps and off to bed with brother and sister. Then it was no naps, just some quiet play time as was a house rule through Kindergarten (aka. Mommy sanity time). Now we have kind of adjusted to the nap every couple of days.
Last week he had a great nap…I madly tried to catch up on everything that needed to be done. Then came bed time. No such luck. Then came Mommy’s bed time. No such luck. Then came Daddy’s bed time…you HAVE to go to sleep now! I guess for the most part I have been fairly lucky when it comes to naps and night-time with my kids. I have heard many stories of kids on the spectrum that plan just don’t sleep.
I feel very blessed in fact as a baby I was on the spoiled side with my middle. He took horrible naps maybe 20 min max and usually it was in the sling while I would work on the computer (I kinda miss that…I loved the snuggle sleeping baby stage!). Come seven o’clock he was out…tuck him in bed and kiss him good night. We did not see him until the morning and if he missed bed time he would not be too happy with you he wanted to go to bed. For the most part he has always slept well. As he got a little older he would wake up at 3:30, I guess there is something magical about that time because I don’t even need to look at the clock if he is awake it is 3:30. His neurologist recommended Melatonin and it works great for him!
Our third child’s sleep I believe is a little closer to the typical spectrum child sleep. Completely Random! At one he would finally sleep through the night on most nights. Unless he had a bad dream, needed water, or it sometimes felt like whatever excuse he could come up with to not sleep. Although, I have to admit once we controlled some dietary issues I truly do think he had a valid tummy ache on lots of nights because the sleeping is much better when he is on his strict whole foods diet.
I guess this is it for today. I really thought that nap was gonna happen but I am hearing the “MOM” you can’t make me sleep voice. “MOM” I know you are there “MOM”! I guess I don’t have a lot of advice for this topic but just know you are not alone in the middle of the night adventures.