Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Daylight Savings And Kids?!

It's been a rough few weeks to say the least in terms of sleeping. Nui Nui just does not sleep well at night when she's sick— at least if it's with mucus disrupting her passageways, causing her to unavoidably wake up. Thankfully she's on the mend and finally well (or nearly). But, with all the nurturing (ie. several nights breathing heavily, holding hands, sleeping in my face) there is much ado. Nui Nui just refuses to go to sleep without me there. Hand Hand. Carry you carry you— she means 'me'. Don't go don't go. Come come. These are her pleads as I try to leave the room.

Nui Nui sick/getting well and daylight savings happened to coincide this year and I'm wondering if it's the time change or attachment-dependency that has her crying at night. It's rough to hear your kid cry. My heart was beating hard and fast as I stood outside the room. On the other hand, I want her to learn to go to sleep independently. I still spend time with her but after 30-45 minutes, I have to draw the line somewhere. ...or do I? I don't know.

I imagine kids whose moms held them for hours until they're in a deep sleep and wonder if they grew up to be... confident and self-assured? Or timid and clingy. I then imagine those kids whose moms just put them down and walked away. How did they turn out? Confident and self-assured? Or timid and clingy? And then what happened to those kids whose moms tried to juggle a balance?...

What do you do when kids are very attached, especially at bedtime? Share your experiences and thoughts below, we'd love to hear! :>

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