So Very Tired

Ellie has been going through a bit of a rough patch in terms of sleeping recently.  She goes to sleep easy enough at around 6:30 or 7 (though she still hates the process in general - and lets us know about it), but she only sleeps for a few hours until she awakes, ready for the new day.  The only problem is that it's actually the same day, and, I'm sorry dear, but that wasn't "going to bed" that was a nap.

She doesn't agree with our assessment and will let us know about it.  This past week, upon her first wakeup of the night, it's taken on average about an hour to get her back down.  That includes last night where it only took me 45 minutes to get her back down, as well as earlier in the week when it took two hours.

Nothing like hopping in bed at 10pm with an alarm set for 5:50am, only to have your daughter wake up 30 minutes later and not go back down until 11:30.  At least I got 6.5 hours of sleep.

Except, she really only went down for 10 minutes, and then was up again.  Awesome.  She finally went down for "the night" and 11:50, so a solid 6 hours of sleep.  Coming from a guy that gets cranky when he gets less than 7.5 hours, not ideal, but I knew what I was signing up for with a kid.

Except, she actually woke up at 4.  I tried to get her to go back down without waking my wife (who was going to be up before long anyway), but I failed miserably.  After about 20 minutes of fussing and crying and a changed diaper, my wife came from the bedroom to the nursery to relieve me of my parental duties.  Mission failed.

I managed to get back in bed while my wife fed Ellie and got about another hour of sleep, so a solid 5.5 hours of sleep.  I decided that, with the lack of sleep and the record humidity in the DC region, I would forgo my outdoor run and instead knocked off 10k on the treadmill at my work gym.  The worst part of which is that I am so hot and sweaty for so long after that I make myself wait several hours before my first cup of coffee.  I'd say those several hours waiting for coffee are longer than those hours spent with Ellie up in the night.  But seriously, if anybody has non-alcohol related ways to get their child to stay down through the night, I'm all ears.

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