I do not profess to be a parenting expert. Quite the contrary in fact.
Most of the time I suck. I joked with my friend the other that I’m so busy writing about good parenting that I don’t have time to be one.
However, every now and then I crack a parenting win so awesome that I think maybe I’m ok at this caper and I can, in fact, make it through the next 20 or so years by using my wily ways to overcome the forceful natures of my progeny.
Let’s talk about sleep. All parents know that you sign up for years of sleepless nights, and if you have a sleeper you know that bragging about it could earn you a punch in the throat at mother’s group, but you are never really prepared for the brutal reality of it all.
It doesn’t end at babies…..toddlers wake up, kids wake up.
I was at 5 years and counting of not getting a proper night’s sleep, as in – sleep the whole night through.
If you need to pee or you have a nightmare, then it’s ok, but padding into my bed in the middle of the night and proceeding to throw shapes around the mattress and drag toenails down my ribs is soooooo out.
Also, calling me in at 3.48am because you want a kiss? I love, darling, but can’t I kiss you when the sun is up?
I decided I was done and I knew I needed drastic measures……hence the sticker chart.
It didn’t happen overnight, in fact, it didn’t even happen over 14 nights because these was not a consecutive run but by Jove……
We are well on our way!
I’ve had more sleep in the last month than I’ve had in the last 5 years….and strangely, I’m as tired as ever.
Not complaining though, I don’t want a punch in the throat.
They chose the Rocky Mountain Bowl.
Strawberry, chocolate and vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, cherries, marshmallows, nuts and chocolate fudge sauce. Personally, I would have gone something in the caramel realm but this was not my party.
Just look at that thing…..LOOK!!!! I have not played a trick in depth perception.
IT. IS. HUGE.
But a deal is a deal, right?
Next is a sleep chart of consecutive nights. Not sure what the
bribe reward is yet, but I’m working on it hard and fast.