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I just need some BTDT stories to remind me that this too will pass. My child is the champion non-sleeper. Her dad doesn't sleep well either, so I think it is genetic (and not from me!). Anyhow....<br><br>
We recently went on a trip to san fransisco for the week. She slept with me in a hotel bed. Previously she was sleeping fine in a mattress on the floor of her room. She slept great on the trip, despite the new bed, room, etc.<br><br>
We returned home on Thursday and she's been the total non-sleeper ever since. Running around the house during bedtime, etc. and finally crawling into bed with me when I hit the hay at 1030. Dh moves her to her bed when he comes to bed later. I've tried laying down with her in her bed and my bed earlier, it just doesn't work, yet she's so cranky at a normal bedtime (8ish) I want her to get to sleep.<br><br>
We leave thursday morning for a week long trip, so battling the anti sleeper is just not worth it to me. I was at my mom's group yesterday and everyone was suggesting locking her in her room via locking the door. I felt like the lone soldier when I said I would gate the door, but I won't lock her in her room. She can scale the gate (she piles up toys, blankets, etc. and climbs over). So I just need a little support afrom other parents who refuse to lock their kids in their rooms in the dark.
 

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I understand that Erin is particularly attached to and reliant upon routine. All I can suggest is to work to re-establish night-time routines. Since we travel so much, our night-time routine is meant to be independent upon the bed/room etc. Of course, that won't help with the upcoming trip. New routines take about 2 weeks to establish around here.<br><br>
Also, remember that you have a time shift between CA and MN. It's always easier to go west (to CA from MN) than to go east (CA to MN), so she could still be affected by the 2 (?) hours lag.
 

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Also, remember that you have a time shift between CA and MN. It's always easier to go west (to CA from MN) than to go east (CA to MN), so she could still be affected by the 2 (?) hours lag.</div>
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you are so right!<br>
the bedtime routine isn't particularly room dependent. but the jet lag thing might be real! She has been not wanting to nap until like 3 ish...she usually naps at 1.<br><br>
sigh. I'm just resigned to not having any spare time at all in the evening so I'm taking tomorrow "off" and going to do all the running around while she's in daycare.
 

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Yup, it's the jet lag. Karen started looking like she should go to bed at 8 last night and didn't get to sleep until after 10.<br><br>
Try going out (or at least opening all the drapes) first thing in the morning to set her body clock with the natural light. (That seems like a silly thing to say on the shortest day of the year....)
 

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I woke her up this morning. I have a policy of trying not to wake her up. But my alone time was cut off by her last night and then when dh declared he was ready to get up at 7am this morning I said "go wake erin up."<br><br>
we're traveling east again tomorrow....
 
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