At 11:00 p.m. Ball clambered into our bed. I was woken by a knee to the head. When I looked up Ball was staring down at me like "Hey guys! What's up?" I ushered her back to her bed, kissed her on the head, and said good night.
At 2:00 I was woken again by Ball in my room, this time creepily staring at me. Hubs said she had been laying in bed for the last few hours singing loudly. Again I ushered her back to bed with a kiss on the head and a goodnight.
An hour later I heard the loud singing from her bedroom. (I was passing in and out of sleep through all of this.) This time I went in and in my stern Mommy voice told her if there was anymore singing she would loose something. (It was almost 3:00 a.m. "something" was the best I could do in my sleep addled brain.) I kissed her yet again and left for the last time. Some time in the next hour little Ball fell asleep.
I would love to applaud my awesome parenting techniques for that; you know, the whole not engaging or making it fun. (You like how that's good parenting at 3:00 a.m., but not so much at 3:00 p.m.?) However, I'm pretty sure it was her own exhaustion that won out, not me.
I know I'm lucky because except to come say "Hi" to us, she stays in her bedroom. At least I don't have to stress about disasters occurring in the middle of the night by an unsupervised 4 year old. That being said, it seems to be a genuine case of preschooler insomnia. This isn't waking up, crawling into bed with Mom and Dad and going back to sleep. Ball apparently never got the memo about "going back to sleep".
I have yet to meet another parent whose kid does this, but Ball has done this once every month or two for as long as I can remember. She is just genuinely wide awake for a few hours in the middle of the night. Thankfully, it's only once every couple months. Now, please hand me my coffee and stick around to share your own sleep deprivation stories with me.
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