- Later bedtime: It never worked. Not once did she sleep any later, she just received less sleep overall.
- Earlier bedtime: She started sleeping until 5:30 or 6, rather than the 4:30 that she had been doing. But, that didn't even last.
- Telling her to go back to sleep: Yeah, that didn't work for 5 minutes many times.
- Getting mad: That worked one morning for Allen.
- Shorter naps: With shorter naps, she didn't sleep any later the next morning, she was just cranky from the time that I woke her up.
- Skipped naps: This one I tried for the least amount of time (well, except for the getting mad. that wasn't our strategy really, just a reaction to total and complete frustration,) but the days without naps were the worst ones of all, plus they didn't result in later wake up times, just a horrible, horrible afternoon, followed by a frustrating bed time. While I felt that any strategy needed more time to work(at least a week,) I was not willing to go through this when I am so, so very tired, too. If I can't get sleep at night, I need the possibility of a nap in the afternoon.
- A clock: This one seemed to work for a bit. She will tell you that she gets up at 6. She knows that she is supposed to stay in bed until 6. Even the days that she would wake up earlier, I would remind her that she doesn't get up until 6, so she would wait much longer before getting up again. I thought I was victorious. I was even imagining gradually changing her clock so that 6 was really 6:15, and then 6:30. But, that vision ended. She has been getting up before 6 and then running away from me crying, because she doesn't want to go back to bed. I explained to her Tuesday morning that she didn't even have to go back to bed. She could turn on the light and play in her room, but MOMMY was not to be disturbed again until 6. She got that, and I could hear her playing until shortly after 6.
So, truly it is over. I will work on getting to bed earlier, since I will possibly be awake at 5 every morning. I will just cherish the rare morning when she truly sleeps until 6 or later. I am still going to tell her that Mommy stays in bed until 6. Eventually she'll be old enough to get her own breakfast. I will just pretend that I have an early morning job (which really I do.) At least with this job, even though work starts immediately upon waking, I do not have to run around getting ready right away. I can stay in my pajamas for a couple of hours. Some days, I could stay in them all day. And, as long as she keeps the naps, I can nap, too. At least until this next baby is born (in less than 2 months!,) and then I will know what true sleep deprivation can be.
You don't need sleep, Mommy!