Monday, October 01, 2007

She's screaming and she won't shut up!

Last night I almost got up from my tossing and turning to warn everyone about the evils of devouring two bowls of Fruit Loops (a special treat left over from a project on Sunday in which my class created edible Sukkot) at 10 o'clock at night, but around the time where I was reaching my frustration point, J's screams gave me something to do with my time. We couldn't get her to stop crying/complaining (she comes up with all kind of creative reasons when she just doesn't want to go back to sleep) so finally after threatening her with sleeping back in her own room (she sleeps on her matress on the floor next to the boys' bunk beds) we had to follow through. What a disaster. I tried everything to get her to stop crying in bed (SupperNanny's "stay in bed technique", gradually moving out of her room, ignoring her, etc.) and ultimately we gave up (teaching her only that if she cries long enough we'll give in!) and let her go back in the boys' room as long as she went to sleep and didn't make another sound.

To be fair on DH and I, it was 2:30 AM by the point we made this decision. She had started screaming around 11.

I welcome ANY suggestions on how to get her to stay in bed and quiet all night. I suppose I could try the whole sticker chart thing, just not sure if that's enough incentive and if it will really help when she starts screaming in the middle of the night.


Anjali said...

Oh, man. I'm sorry Rachel.

If she really loves sleeping in the boys rooms, can you tell her that she can't go back to their room until she's had x amount of days of staying in her room at night in her own room?

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

Domestic Goddess said...

I think I might have walked out the door and not returned for a few hours. those nights are awful. I think the more tired they are the worse it gets, too.
Good luck. This isn't helping your sleep issue any, huh?