No, we aren't seeking braaaaaains. (Well, OK, maybe we need those too.)
Our desperate zombie-moan sounds more like "SLEEEEEEEEEP!"
I referred to sleep-deprivation playing a role in the run-up to Women's Retreat this past weekend.
Here's the deal. Over the past couple of weeks, Joy has been fighting going to sleep. The way she does it is through stimming, both physically and vocally. Loud vocals. Hoots and yelps and giggles. Did I mention LOUD?
It started with just naptime, which is not that surprising because lots of 4-year-olds are ready to give up naps. But then it transferred to bedtime in the evening too, and also to wake-ups in the wee small hours. She can keep it up for hours on end. And when she's doing that loud vocal stimmy stuff, her parents don't sleep.
We have been able to manage the bedtimes using melatonin. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to affect the 2:30 or 3:00 am wakings. We just asked her doctor for the OK to bump up the dose Monday night, and she did sleep through Monday night. Last night, though, she started up at 3:30am. Of course we'd been up to see the election returns and the acceptance speech... I got up, gave her some Benadryl, rocked her till 4am, then put her back in the crib still awake. I think she might have dozed a bit, but then started in again.
Therefore, JoyDad and I have basically been up since 3:30am. Again. With headaches, and fighting our colds.
At least Rose sleeps through it all, though I have no idea how, because they share a room!
My hunch is that this will eventually be like the whole biting thing, and the dimmer switch will eventually slide back the other direction.
Till then, though, this is taking a pretty big toll.
Ideas welcome! Thank you in advance for any input...
And in regards to the events that kept us up watching the TV, I'd like to close with a line from a pre-election prayer that came around by e-mail, from the Mennonite Church USA Peace and Justice Support Network.
We pray that all candidates, both those who are elected and those who are not, will seek Your justice and Your peace in the world.