Friday, May 15, 2009

The Day I Have Been Dreading is Here

At 3:30pm, the twins had still not fallen asleep.

Naptime is 1 o'clock. One. Not two, not three, one. I had been listening to them squeal and cry, going in every half hour or so to give them back their pillows and blankets and hope they would go to sleep. But at 3:30, they were still awake.

I heard Grant cry. The very tired, upset wail that I thought meant the same thing as every other day's tired upset wail, and he just needed his stuff that he threw out and he would be happy.

I made him wait.

Why did I do this? Because in my time as a mother of twins, I have learned that going in right away will mean that it becomes a game, and the boys will simply throw their things out more often to get to see Mommy. So I make them wait until they really want their stuff back, then I go in and give it to them and they will keep it. So I made him wait.

My theory was wrong.

I went in after twenty minutes of his crying, and found Grant had been trying to escape. He had one leg slung over the crib rail and was stuck, balancing on his toes of the other leg. And he was crying.

Unknowingly, I left my son in that position for twenty minutes. He is fine, and I thought he had gone back to sleep, but I hear him once again.

The worst part is, this near-escape means it is time for toddler beds, which scares the bejeebies out of me. I am not looking forward to this next change.


TheOldestStudent said...

So sorry to hear it...

Paging Doctor Mommy said...

Oh they are growing up too fast!

Carmen O. said...

awwww. poor little guy! i've done stuff like that before, though, so don't beat yourself up about it.
sorry to hear about the toddler beds too. putting your kids behind bars every night is SO much more convenient!

Anonymous said...

I hope that you still keep naptime EVEN though they may not ALWAYS sleep. It's crucial that you don't give up. Maybe not give them back their stuff when they throw it out? Then they'll learn IF they want it - maybe they shouldn't throw it out. If you want return it to them once and that's it. I would say that checking on them for safety reasons - without talking to them would be good.
I don't think that you've done anything wrong - I've done the same thing. My son got a little scar on his forehead - you can STILL see it at his age of 27 and it's when he flipped himself out of his crib ... he was about 18 mos or 2 years.
My DIL just moved her 2-3 year old to toddler bed - but used the crib quite alot b'c I think he would get up.
Try not to beat yourself up. ;)
God bless and stay strong. :)

Tracie said...

Oh, just you wait, my friend.... it gets WAY more scary from this point on!!! They will scare the living daylights out of you every chance they get as they continue to grow as boys. Before you even know it, they will be over here riding on Evan's motorcycle!!!

Have fun, and hang on tight. :-)


Anonymous said...

lol.....I have no advice!!!!
I'm just giggling as I picture him on his tippy toes trying to hang on a weeee bit longer!!!