Hi ladies, I am looking for advice (or sympathy maybe, lol!)
My son, who will be 4 in april, is not sleeping very well. He wakes up at 5am or earlier and complains of being hungry. (it was 3:30 this morning.) He then wakes everyone in the house to get breakfast. We can sometimes get him back to bed, but mostly it is all over at this point. We started putting together food in the fridge that he can get out and eat himself but he still demands that someone help and sit with him. He has been super fragile since the baby came and we are trying to be very sensitive to his needs but my husband (who mostly deals with this) is really getting to the end of his patience. Really. And I'm no super star. 5am is not my most sensitive and loving hour.
One of the problems is my son is not eating dinner. He is suddenly picky about everything and most days would rather go without than actually eat something at dinner. I have never made him separate food for dinner and it used to be most times he ate what we were having. Should I back down on this or ride it out? I keep thinking if I could just get a protein shake in him he would sleep better and be less cranky waking up. I'm torn.
We have tried talking about how he can only come in after a certain time, how he has to be quiet until people get up, how he has to be nicer in the way he asks for things... blah, blah, blah. Nothing works. If you aren't sitting with him he is loud and destructive until you are.
Thank god the baby sleeps!!