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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: Help. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: I am 6 wks from my edd, I'm tired, I'm cranky, and I need the child to GO TO SLEEP. What do I do to make him stay in bed? He gets up repeatedly for ridiculous reasons. He wants his flashlight, he needs to poop, he wants us to set his alarm clock, he wants this, he wants that, whatever it is it makes ME think it's an *excuse* to stay up. He does this even on nights that he gets melatonin. Help!<br><br>
Normal? Too much anxiety? What is the deal? What do I do?
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> sounds like stalling to me. We went through this for a while with Caleb. I wish I knew what to suggest. I was at the end of my rope with Caleb when it ended (he was stalling with going to bed and then waking up many, many times too for things like his blanket needed adjusted, he lost his dog, he needed a drink, he wanted a hug). In his case I think it was related to being itchy and so having trouble settling and staying asleep because he then broke out in hives and once he was on zyrtec his waking and night stalling went away. In your case it sounds like it is something else. Maybe some sleep rules limiting the requests with something earned for following to them? Have you ever done melatonin? If it is perhaps that he is having trouble settling in that might help and get him in a better pattern again. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2">
 

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Yeah, we've done melatonin, I just ran out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: Guess I should get more. When he takes the melatonin this doesn't happen with nearly the frequency as it's been this past week.<br><br>
I'll try it again (will try to remember to buy some today) and see what happens.
 

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Grab the stuff that's "extended release," it's got magnesium in it to make it last longer. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Grab the stuff that's "extended release," it's got magnesium in it to make it last longer. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:</div>
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Oh good tip! We're going out for lunch again (love dh being self employed!) so I'll be sure we stop at the store. Extended Release. Ok.<br><br>
The boy is definitely NOT getting enough sleep, though his attitude is still good. He's happy, just busy and his brain does not want to shut down.
 

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We use the ER melatonin as well - I give it to him and then 30 minutes later he goes to bed. Some nights he gets up a few times before falling asleep but nowhere near the frequency he does on non-melatonin nights.<br><br>
I have a difficult time falling asleep and get up frequently myself. It's like I can't get my brain to turn off - I think of something and unless I do it I can't stop thinking about it. When I talked to my son he described somethin similar.
 
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