3.01.2010

I need help. The real kind.

I have so many pictures I want to share with you from our road trip, but I've been held up.

What now, you ask?
{You slacking blogger, you.}

It's my kid. He doesn't like living in a hotel. Or sleeping in his pack-n-play. And he's gotten particularly agile. So he can now climb out of his temporary bed.

Although I thought it was adorable the first 2 times he opened the bedroom door with his little arms flailing, saying "no bed, Mama", it totally sucks now. I've been laying down with him until he falls asleep, so I have no time to myself. He's been house hunting with me all day, and it's 10pm before hes goes to bed instead of his usual 7:30.

That 2.5 hours at night is like an IV. My only saving grace.

I tried this, but it didn't help for some reason.

{via}

Now I turn to you. What do I do?

Should I just put the pack-n-play mattress on the floor, and every time he comes out, make him go back in?

Keep laying down with him at night until we get settled into a house with his regular crib?

Put chicken wire over the top of the pack-n-play?

Kidding. Kindof.

16 comments:

  1. Boy, sounds like you guys are in for a heck of ride!
    Maybe give him his blankie(if he has one) or make up a story that makes him feel like the hero if he sleeps in the temporary bed. Reward him in any way for his effort!
    Hope you guys will figure smth out! ;)
    Happy Monday and here's my post today!

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  2. Hope you find some relief soon. My little ones (2 and 3 year olds) get to wear "special" pajamas and drink "special" milk before they go to bed (vanilla horizon) when we travel. I hang it over them every night for the next night. "If you dont sleep in your bed, mommy will have to take the special pjs and milk" If they get up, I say nothing and put them back to bed over and over say nothing! PnP mattress is on the floor. I also like to remind myself that this is a small amount of time that they actually will want to come into my bed, so smile through it Molly!

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  3. When went to the beach with Addison, I put the pack n play at the end of the bed and she would start out there, and then end up in my bed. Most of the time, we had such a big day, she would pass out and so getting her to sleep wasn't a problem. When we are out of our norm, we just let her sleep with us. Bad habit, but it makes her happy and she sleeps better.

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  4. oh man, that's a hard one! If I were you I would just keep putting him back in his crib. Sometimes you just have to be consistent. And I would be scared that he'd get used to falling asleep with you, so that when you do find a home he'd still want you to sleep with him. SO sorry... hopefully you guys can find a home soon!

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  5. I'm all for the chicken wire, haha! Sorry, no advice here...I'm still trying to get my 8 week old to sleep through the night, haha. Good luck!

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  6. Oh honey.....Being kidless and all, I don't have a lot of input, but the chicken wire sounds sort of acceptable! I mean what if he broke something while climbing out of the pack-n-play?!

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  7. Oh gosh...I dont know what to tell you. I know that Blake would be having the same issues. He is a little man of routine...we would be in trouble without his usual evening bed/schedule/surroundings/etc. I hope that something works out for you soon...before you pull your hair out :(

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  8. Oh no! I hope yall get a house and get all settled in soon! Raleigh has not figured out how to get out of the pack n play yet so I have no idea what you should do! Too bad they dont have these for pack n plays!
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  9. Hey Molly! What about buying an actual inexpensive crib (something from BRU or something on sale)? And then if need be, get the baby tent thing that goes over the top. I know its an unnecessary expense but you need your sanity and you'll be in the hotel at minimum another month! It would probably be $300 or so of additional money but since the hotel is cheaper right now than rent/mortgage anyway, it might be worth it? And you could sell it when you move in to your house. So sorry to hear about the troubles! Hang in there!

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  10. Check your mail yo...my genius advice was too long for this little measly blogger box... MWAHAHAH {Does that read like an evil witch laugh?}

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  11. I think the baby tent thing that goes over the top might fit on the pack and play...although you might have to tweek it a little.
    Does the hotel have a crib they could let you use...some do. You might still need the tent tho. But the tent itself might be so cool to him that he would actually want to stay in.
    You have my sympathies!!! I depend on that extra two hours or more after bedtime for sanity!

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  12. I hope you find a solution!
    Perhaps a dog crate? Kidding!
    My son was crawling out of the pack and play when he was 9 months old-needless to say, he was crawling out of his crib by 12 months, and even figured out how to open his crib tent.
    They do sell a travel bed that zips shut. I'm not sure how much they are, though. Maybe that would be a good option for now.

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  13. I bribe my kids with $1 bills if they will stay in their beds at night! haha! I guess $60 a month is a litte unneccessary for a good nights sleep - expecially when I have a 5 month old who doesn't sleep through the night anyway! No really, just keep telling him no and putting him back. Your consistency will eventually get through and he will get used to the hotel just like his room.
    Love ya!

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  14. Aww that sounds rough, I hope things settle into a more content routine!!

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  15. Hopefully you get some "me" time soon! :)

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  16. lol I feel for you lady! I'm so sorry you're having such a rough time with the sleeping. We have been there-well not exactly the same situation, but we have had our fair share of night time terrors with Caden refusing to sleep a few months ago! We tried everything and ended up following our doctors advice and let him cry it out a few nights and he did great after that!
    Good luck!

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