Recovering from an international flight with a two year old...
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|Thu, 01-27-2011 - 3:56am|
Reaaaaly need some advice here. Our family just got back from an international trio, with a 12 hour time difference. A bit of background before I go on:
Before the trip, our 2 yr old slept through the night, and just got his big boy bed. There was a three day phase where he wanted Mama in there with him, which Daddy fixed over a weekend (God bless him). Little one slept for 10 - 12 hrs straight a night (please dont shoot me yet...)
When we sterted the trip, we had to put him in a crib again because the hotels and my in laws had no separate bed for him. He was tall enough to climb out so we slaept in the same bed for a week. When we went overseas, he had his own bed but wouldnt sleep without Mama. So for 3 weeks, he had us in bed with him.
Now that we've been back for a week, we have 2 problems: One, the time difference is killing me. Dada worked right away and is dealing with jetlag his own way. Mom at home ends up trying to keep the wee one awake during the day so he sleeps through the night. However, he gets so tired by 4pm or 5 pm it is impossible to keep him up. So he naps for an hour or two. Then the night time comes: Sleeping initially isnt a problem. He goes to bed fine. Then he wakes up three hours later asking for more milk (which he stopped doing at 18 months) and screaming for Mama. We try to go in his room every few minutes to reassure him, and he's fine for about a half hour before saying he wants more milk or he had an ewww-ie diaper (which he usually doesnt). He ends up sleeping at 4am or 5 am and because Mama has jetlag, both end up sleeping until noon-ish.
I am shaking my head as I write this since I see my errors in this situation. I should get him up earlier, regardless of how tired I am just to get him back in the swing of things. My hubby and I have decided to take care of the time difference first before resolving the waking in the middle of the night issue. I feel horrible making him cry (and I secretly DO love cuddling with him at night). But I am