Sunday, February 1, 2009

Super Bowl Sunday

Hannah "showing" Sophie how to smile for the camera:)




Not much excitement about this super bowl.....oh well we all know it is about the commercials and the snacks anyway:) We are heading over to my MIL's for dinner and the kick-off. I suspect we will be home by half time. Other than going to grandma's for dinner it has been the "usual" around here, housework, laundry, YMCA basketball etc. Hannah and I made these low fat brownies :) and her fabulous black bean and corn salsa to bring with us to grandma's house. Yummy!

On a totally different note..........Sophie transitioned to her big girl bed in our room with very little problem. For the last 3 weeks she has been waking up in the middle of the night crying and is getting out of bed (at times frantic). I have tried sleeping in her room on the trundle and when she wakes up she doesn't realize I am there and has landed on me as she is jumping out of her bed! I swear she is like a fireman, I have never seen a kid move so fast. Even when I am in the bed with her if she wakes up she is high tailing it out of her bed. So in the interest of sleep I have pulled out my $100 float/toddler aerobed that I purchased when we stayed at Krista's. Before I get in to bed I blow the bed up and say a little prayer that Sophie sleeps in her room all night. So far no luck. When she wakes up in her panicked state and runs in to our room I just settle her in her little bed on the floor and she sleeps the rest of the night. We have ruled out any illness that could be contributing to the waking in the middle of the night. I think she is just experiencing some separation anxiety, similar to what a typically developing 18 month old may experience. Sophie has been home with us about 17 months. What do you guys think???

7 comments:

Catherine said...

Sorry friend, I don't have any experience with toddler separation but look forward to learning from what others share here. Hope she settles soon so that all of you can get a good night's rest soon.

Superbowl party = fun!! I was in the US for the superbowl last year and had the fun of experiencing it first hand. Sadly they block all the commercials here (even on the US stations) so we just get normal, boring commercials. Butterflies, flash lights...woo hoo...not! Will need to check the good ones out on youtube later. Hope you have a great time at the party!

Sandra said...

It very well might be separation anxiety. It took Tahlia almost two years to get over hers completely. In this case (as I know you know) it is going to take a lot of time and patience and reassuring.

Sophie's hair is so long! She is just the cutest.

kris said...

those 2 pics are ADORABLE!! and i agree, it probably is separation anxiety- just more time and patience. i think i did this for a long time too- i often ended up in mom and dad's bed according to my mom for a few years!

Colleen said...

The pictures are adorable!!! Addison went through a phase of waking up screaming and Daddy would have to lay down with her...then it became habit and we had to slowly break her of it. We leave her closet light on now and a night light...she still sometimes comes in our room. We now just walk her back to her bed, tuck her in with a kiss and she goes back to sleep. I think they just need to know that we are there for them : ) so I would chalk this up to normal my friend.

Doug and Terrye said...

Love you idea of the small bed in your room! We went through this at a little bit later stage than you are at, but we went through it none the less.

Terrye in FL

Shari U said...

I have a 6 year old (adopted at 10 months) who still cannot sleep alone in her room. We have a twin mattress on the floor in our room and she sleeps there. For 3 years we tried everything we could think of and every possible variation. We know it won't last forever, we've told her that she's not allowed to have sleepovers until she can sleep in her room and I think eventually the peer pressure will get to her. I can NOT stand the idea of my little girl being all alone, scared and crying in her room. She's had to deal with enough anxiety and I don't think it would be good for her to have anxiety about sleeping. She seems to have done well adjusting in all other areas of life, but we're still working on sleep. Let me add, we have 3 biological children and other than a special treat night when daddy was out of town, they never slept with us. When we brought Abby home we would never have thought it was even an option for her to sleep with us. I do feel that overall, having her sleep next to us in the early days was a huge step in her bonding and attachment to us and I know that it still brings her a great deal of comfort to have her mommy and daddy right there and available. Now that she's in kindergarten, I put her to bed on her mattress and she goes to sleep by herself and she stays asleep all night. If all of you are sleeping and you can deal with this, I say go with it.

Wendy said...

My Hannah didn't sleep through until age 4. She couldn't fall asleep, had awful night terrors, hated to be alone in the night, etc. Even in our bed, she'd wake up and be freaked out right next to us. It just took time and now she is a great sleeper. Emma has been much the same but up at night even more times per night. I think it is common in all kids but especially so in adopted children. There are a bunch of theories on this (which I'll spare you but I'm interested in them since we have had soooo many sleep issues). Anyway, it has taken us some time.