Thursday, August 7, 2008

Sleep & Tattoos

We've been having a tough few nights with the Kikster lately. It all started when last weekend there was a power outage in the middle of the night. MeeMaw says she heard a loud bang and the whole house shook. At first she thought a tree had fallen on the house but later decided it must have been an exploding transformer (or decepticon). Not funny, I know.

The loud noise, coupled with the fact that her air purifier shut down and the whole house shaking, woke the child up. It took a long time to get her back in bed and she hasn't been the same since. We got one good night's sleep out of her when I took her to the pool in the afternoon and she pretty much collapsed before 6pm. She woke up after 7am for a solid 13 hours.

But two nights ago she woke up at 4am and had to go to the bathroom. And then could not fall asleep for the next two hours no matter what we did. Yesterday she was a total wreck. Add to that the excitement of afternoon playgroup and she went to bed at 7:30pm. She woke up at around 1:30am and crawled into bed with us. There was a lot of kicking and half-nelsons for the sleeping parents and she eventually fell asleep and woke up at 7am this morning.

Her regular sleep schedule is 6:30pm to 6:30am. Some of you reading this will display emotions of doubt, incredulity, skepticism and perhaps even twinge of jealousy. But this is the only way we can go through the day without a nap. Kiki dropped her naps a long time ago and we found out the hard way that if she stays up past her normal 6:30pm bedtime she will have a tough time falling asleep. That turns into a short night of sleep (because she always wakes up around 6:30am no matter what), which turns into a day of whining, exhaustion or extreme displays of energy (from being overtired).

We have been struggling with her sleep habits ever since she was a baby. She would take two 35-minute naps until she dropped one and then completely eliminated them from her busy schedule. Now don't get me wrong, it's not like we want her to take naps so we get some time to ourselves. Oh, no. We just want her to be well rested so that she is calmer during the days and gets the right amount of sleep she needs. Because if she doesn't get enough sleep she always gets sick. And that pretty much sucks.

Well, enough of that subject. She'll eventually grow out of it and it will all be distant history. We won't even remember it until we read this post in 10 years.

On to the subject of Tattoos.

Today in the car, Kiki said she wanted to get a tattoo. Obviously she meant a fake sticker one, but we told her that she can't get one before she's 18 years old and that 14 1/2 years is not too much time to wait. She explained to us that children get tattoos all the time and that she still wants one. And then we got it. But this is not my point.

My point is that my little baby girl is eventually going to grow up. She is going to get a tattoo. She is going to meet some bad boys and get her heart broken to pieces. She's going to wear dark clothes, listen to loud music and hate us from time to time. I have no idea how I am going to handle all that. I just hope I can minimize the impact it will have on me.

How do I keep my precious, golden-curled, always-smiling, twirling, laughing, happy kid the same way forever? I know it's impossible, but an Abba can try. And an Abba can dream, right?


OhCaptain said...

I have the same dreams and worries that you do. I can tell you that right this month, my oldest will turn 9. It hasn't happened yet. I'll be sure to let you know when it does. Enjoy it now!

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