I asked my two year old the other day what my blog post should be about this week. She said, “um, ME!” Well, that’s exactly what I’m going to do.
Have any of you ever had a child that didn’t require much sleep?
Back when Talia was about four months old she was diagnosed with Eczema. This poor girl would itch and itch, and she just couldn’t get any relief. Of course, we had a ton of people giving us advice and unwanted diagnoses. So, we did what a normal parent would do and took her to her pediatrician who then referred us to a dermatologist. It wasn’t a fun experience, she was miserable, we were miserable. However, they had a solution, they sent us home with “special lotion”. It literally worked like magic, we would put it on her and it was instant relief. Have you ever watched a dog have and itch and someone rubs his belly and he has that look like, “Oh, that feels so good”? Well, that’s what this “special lotion” did for Talia. It was amazing and sometimes humorous!
The eczema has gotten so much better since then and now we just have an occasional flair up which can affect her sleep. If she gets too warm or wears something that isn’t a breathable material she will just start itching in her sleep, which lead to her waking up and crying.
I don’t think this child has ever slept through the night. I would love to blame it all on the Eczema, but I don’t know if I can. I think she just doesn’t require a lot of sleep. I have tried several possible solutions, and nothing seems to work. If she goes to bed before nine o’ clock, she is up by midnight and wants to be with me. If she stays up until ten or eleven, she’ll sleep for four hours and then I find her at my bedside asking to cuddle. It should be noted, if she is in my bed she sleeps all night. Don’t get me wrong I love cuddling my babies. However, there should be no cuddling from at least ten pm to seven am. Momma needs her time too.
So the question is, how much Benadryl is too much?… Just kidding! You guys take things way too seriously.
So the REAL question is: What have you done to keep your kids from crawling into bed with you?