It is 11:05pm here at Chez MMM and it has been about 16 hours since I announced to our 4 year old that if he didn’t start going to bed in his own room and staying there until the sun rises, I am going to be moving out.
Drastic threat hey? One I have every intention of following through on if things don’t start to change or even vastly improve.
Last night I slept on 7 mm of my lovely 5k pillow top mattress. I threw my arm out to touch the floor incase the size 12 child foot managed to get itself enough leverage to completely boot my arse out of MY BED.
Now, this is the child who arrived in our world a month early and wrapped himself around his Father’s little finger about 4 hours after he was born. When he cooed and seemingly talked to his Daddy in a language only the pair of them could understand. Yes he was that awake and rearing to take on life.
This is also the child who at 3 weeks of age began hollering to the heavens with hideous reflux. Now, this child still has reflux and some nights are a bastard BUT, the poor sleeping habits formed when we had to let him sleep upright up on our shoulders are turning into A NIGHTMARE FOR ME.
He won’t go to sleep without one of us laying with him. Well not me anymore, I have stopped that rot. I will only sit on the seat next to him and after I say goodnight, giving him a kiss and tuck him in and then I IGNORE HIM. His father on the other hand, snuggles on into him, let’s him play on the iPad and generally lets him dick around until about 10 pm when I am ordered to the room for some control to be inserted AND SLEEP DUST SPRINKLED.
It usually only takes 4 minutes for him then to be asleep.
Then at 11.16pm he wakes. Walks out of his room. Stomps his feet and demands one of us to return to his room, namely his bed.
I put him back to bed but by the time he has done this for the 2nd time around midnight, I have caved and let him sleep in our bed. Next to me. On my precious freaking 5k pillow top mattress.
He then promptly takes over the bed. Spread eagle.
And that is how I end up sleeping on 7mm of my 5k pillow top mattress.
So basically, I have decided that if this doesn’t end, improve yahdee yahdeee yahhdaaaaa, I will move out.
Possibly only around the corner to a mate’s house until the message is loud and clear.
He needs to sleep in his own damn bed. All night.
But it is now 11:26pm and I have had no demands…so maybe?