3.19.2015

Go to freaking sleep kid.



It's a miracle she's not wearing the pink tutu, in fact my lunch time Target shopping trip was successful, she traded in her dirty pink one for a fresh floral skirt with matching headband of course.  She's been testing our wills this week, throwing a crying fit about not wanting to go to bed and then waking up several times a night and coming into our room claiming she's not tired.

After Monday's night disaster I thought it was high time we took back up a predinner running routine.


I signed both of us up for a local race, Cox Coyote Chase the 1k for her and the 10k for me. She's fast when she wants to be, very much like her mother. Competitive to the core.


The neighbor kids were out to, so obviously that called for a little driveway boot camp.  Pushups, squats, jumping jacks, sit ups, and star jumps. Then a dance party to Aiden favorite song.


Bath time followed by homework and dinner.


Then we all wind down in the living room for about 30 minutes before bed. Still throwing a fit, still up several times in the night. Tuesday she was up at 2 and again at 4 - was sent back to her room well I went to check on her before I left to run around 4:30 and she was just lying there in bed wide awake! I don't know if Spring Break just threw her off or if she's just going through a phase of testing our limits, but the kid needs sleep. She told me she's fallen asleep at school too, the teacher never say's anything so I'm not sure if that's normal for her age or not. 

Last night I tried putting on relaxing music app on her ipad for her to listen to, but the stupid thing didn't have a auto-timer and played until it died, when she came in at 2 am and poked me awake asking to turn it on I told her to get back to bed without it. She went and 10 minutes later when I went in she was sleeping. 


If any of you pro mothers have suggestions, please let me know! I'd hate to have to give her away, she's pretty darn cute most days ;) I'm sure this is all my fault, energy must be hereditary.

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  1. Most of the time when this happens to addison it's growth spirt. We up the activity (which you have already done) and up this he food!!

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  2. I am going through the SAME thing. My son is also wanting to eat more than normal, so I am chalking it up to a growth spurt and praying that it will go back to normal bedtime routine soon. We have tried the lullabye cd, making the house extra cold... everything. Nothing seems to work. If you find a magic cure for the bedtime crazies, please let us know!!!

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  3. I had the same problem with my 8 yr old and 4 yr old but thank god and my friend that told me about melatonin liquid it works wonderful for them you just give them small dose ..Hopefully it works out for you as well

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  4. I am having this issue with my 11 month old. He has slept through the night since he was 7 weeks old for the most part, but lately he has been waking up every night between 12:30-3:30. He will take a bottle and go back to sleep, but having to get up in the middle of the night again is tough! My husband thinks he is waking up out of habit, but I am thinking growth spurt maybe? I'm hoping there will be people on here with lots of advice! @skinnymeg - as far as Madison, check into Melatonin. It works like a charm with my 7 year old. We give her a half a pill and she sleeps good. Helps to settle her brain down.

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  5. Are you an essential oils user? Lavender or Peace and Calming. We've been using them a while now and it seems to help calm my rambunctious 5 year old.

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  6. Try melatonin. It didn't really make our kids go to sleep easier, but it helps them stay asleep. And I have a friend who swears her son falls asleep a few minutes after getting his dose at night!

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  7. I don't sell the oils but I have heard great things from moms who swear by the stuff to get their kids to sleep.

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  8. My daughter used to have a hard time after breaks from school. Keep trying the activities in the evening like running and doing things outside and maybe even move bedtime back just a little bit. Bribe her with 20-30 extra minutes as long as she stays in her bed all night, lol.

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  9. My son went through this around her age and I think it's a phase. I think it's important that you continue to tire her out and when she does wake up you keep the talking to a minimum. "It's bed time, go back to your room". Number one rule, don't allow her in your bed! I did add a small fan in my son's room to add a little noise and he still sleeps with a fan on. Good luck and keep up her exercise, good meals and relaxation time before bed and eventually she'll be so tired she'll want to sleep.

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  10. MELATONIN!!!! It worked wonders with my 9 year old girl. I use it most nights as well. LOVE the stuff!

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  11. I think you're doing all the right stuff; I agree wholeheartedly with growth spurts and the time change messing her up. I have four kiddos ages 12 down to 4, and we've also had success with short-term usage of melatonin. Good luck, mama!

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  12. I'm not a mama but I know sleepy time tea helps me. Maybe a small cup of that??

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  13. 4 drops of lavender oil in her bed at night and then Melatonin! We have a 15 month old that doesn't sleep and has never slept through the night! I feel for you. My parents never allowed us to get "comfy" in their room and after about a month of telling us to lay on the floor or go back to our room we slept. :)

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  14. Not in her bed but rather her bath! haha

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  15. I was going to suggest Melatonin :) Our son is 10 and 70 pounds and he our dr. told us that he could have 2-6 mg.
    It has made a world of a difference in helping him fall asleep.

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  16. I am seeing A LOT of suggestions for melatonin, but please do your research before giving it to her!! Yes it will help her fall asleep, but it won't keep her asleep. And I've heard too many horror stories about it giving children seizures. Kids go through phases & as parents it can be hard to wait through them, but to me, it sounds like you're already doing a great job at dealing with it. Establishing good habits will help her in the long run rather then just medicating the issue. (please remind me of this when I am up in the middle of the night with my 4 year old! ;) )

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  17. I have heard children say they do not want to take melatonin because it gives them really bad nightmares. Please do research.

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  18. I agree with the melatonin suggestions. Trader joes sells a very low dose chewable kind! Good luck!

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  19. Please don't give her melatonin. It's a totally normal part of growing up. Activity and quiet time in the evenings should help. I would also suggest no screen time 2 hours before bed. It can really wire them. Maybe lay in bed and read a few (boring) stories before she goes to sleep. This too shall pass :)

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  20. I have heard lavender baths work wonders with kids that have a hard time sleeping. Also maybe a noise machine? Like something that makes a relaxing noise?? I love how you made all the neighborhood kids work out!!! You would be a very fun neighbor to have :)

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  21. My daughter is in Kindergarten, 6 years old, we have the same issues for a week here and there. This past weekend she woke up at 3am and never went back to sleep! She also complains of leg pain. I know this has to be a growth spurt, along with her 6 year molars that all just popped in. I feed her more, and I hung a calendar in her room. If she goes 5 nights in a row without waking me up, and going to bed like a good girl, she gets a trip to build a bear for a friend to cuddle with at night.

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  22. I agree with turn off the screens a few hours before bed. And, this may seem contradictory, but you may want to move her bedtime to an earlier one. She may be pushing past the tired stage and entering the overtired can't settle down stage. If my kids stay up later, they can't settle down. Also, keep her on the same schedule on the weekends (same bedtime) and if she is still doing naps you need to cut those. I don't believe in the melatonin for kids (sorry advocates!).

    Good luck:)

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    1. I have a 9, 6, & 2 yr old and my thoughts in no particular order-growth spurt/teeth (dose with Tylenol before bed), phase (2 for 2 so far with sleep issues around this age), overtired (pediatrician recommended moving bedtime ahead an hour and it made the bedtime battle go away.) I can sympathize! Hang in there momma!

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    1. I would say taking up the evening activity and getting her pretty exhausted before bedtime - as much as you can. Obviously you have a hundred other things to do, like all of us moms, but I am sure she will get in sync soon. Maybe something is bothering her or stressing her more at school that is causing her to be acting differently. I am sure you do talk to her regularly, but maybe a special evening time chat to relax her as well. Good luck, super mom!

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  24. My son is the same age and we cut out all electronics at about 6, right before dinner. He helps with the dishes, gets a bath and a story and then lights out. Its helped so much!

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  25. Try using a diffuse with Lavender and Eucalyptus. There are other blends for keeping calm and serenity. DoTerra oil company is a very good place to start if you need any help email me.
    Also, I don't know how this kid isn't tired haha After running and being outside, I would be exhausted. I don't know, make her run laps until she passes out haha
    Good luck!
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  26. My son is the same age and we cut out all electronics at about 6, right before dinner. He helps with the dishes, gets a bath and a story and then lights out. Its helped so much!

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  27. Oh my gosh, it's so testing. One of my daughters was a seriously bad sleeper. I just wanted to mention that sometimes sleep problems in children can be related to sleep disorders, so if it doesn't get sorted out maybe mention it to her pediatrician. My daughter had sleep aponea, and she was waking up 30 times an hour and stopping breathing 15 times an hour. While it's not life-threatening, it is quality-of-life affecting. We had no idea until she had a sleep study! It was easily sorted out with having her tonsils taken out, and she's been a champion sleeper. The main symptoms we had (look back) was that she would snore, she was chronically irritable, tired and impatient. ANyway, trying not to freak you out with this info but just share our experiences in case it helps. XOXO

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  28. Tart Cherry Juice - it's supposed to relax you before bed. I'm sure there are better articles out there about it than what I could write you.

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  29. My oldest went through something similar. I am not one to jump on the "medicate your kid" band wagon. Sounds to me, your are doing a great job. What worked for my child was: lots of physical exercise, no tv after 5pm. I would give him a body massage with lavender lotion then read him a book. Worked like a charm !! I'm a firm believer in massage (especially with lavender lotion/oil). Just think, all of our kiddos are growing so fast, I'm sure they experience some type of growing pains.

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  30. My husband and I were very Leary of giving our kids any pills etc. Other than their vitamins. I could explain it all to you but your better off doing your own research. But our son is ADHD and always had issues getting to sleep. His pediatrician suggested melatonin. It's something your body naturally produces. Anyway it works great for our son. I also know some swear by essential oils which I've been researching for this and other things. Good luck.

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  31. Give that girl some Melatonin. Our ped recommended it to us when we went through a similar phase awhile back, we give her a 3MG tablet (Kroger carries them) and it works great. I will bet anything spring break did through her off and she's got a sort've "jet lag" thing going on, the melatonin will help reset her.

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  32. We use lavender oil (we have a mister that I use to mix it with water and we spray the air, pillows, my sons face and anything else he wants sprayed) and chamomile or sleepy time tea. I have sleep issues and my son has them too, unfortunately, and these are the things we use. My Mom gave me sleepy time tea when I was a kid! Also making sure to relax and/or read prior to bedtime helps too. We also use Aveeno baby Calming Comfort bubble bath and lotion. I don't agree with using melatonin (it can mess up your natural sleep cycle and it is actually normal to occasionally wake during the night).

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    1. Forgot to mention, that we also sleep with fans on. Helps to drown out any outside noises. I slept with music when I was a kid, but a fan is much more relaxing. A noise machine should also work (we use a "noise machine" app when on vacation if we don't have a fan with us). I personally cannot sleep if I can hear house noises, noises outside, or other people sleeping/breathing/snoring, the dog walking around, the cat walking around, etc. :) Hope everyone gets some sleep soon!

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  33. I'm sure it's already been mentioned, but I have these chewy melatonin gummies and on nights when my kiddos won't sleep, I sure do cut one of those suckers in half (the adult dose is two, so I figure a half of one is ok), and they are OUT in less than 20 min - usually 10. I'm probably not winning #momoftheyear, but at least I get some sleep!

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  34. I would definitely look into an Atlas Chiropractor. I know when many hear "chiropractor" they think snap, crack and pop. An Atlas Chiropractor is NOT this at all. In fact, it would help her overall health. I've been seeing one for almost a year, 2 of my 3 boys and my husband (my 3rd boy will be going this summer). My youngest has had ear infections since birth. We made it through a Minnesota winter with NO EAR INFECTIONS!! I could write a book on the health benefits of Atlas Chiropractor care, but I would really suggest this. Again...NOT a snap, crack, and pop kind of care! So gentle and my boys absolutely love our Atlas Dr. I did google search for Atlas Chiro's in the Dallas region and there were plenty! I promise...you won't regret it. In fact, I would buy you a new workout tank for just trying it!! Let me know :)

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  35. I know you would do your research before giving it to your daughter. But here is a link I found helpful. http://childrensmd.org/browse-by-age-group/toddler-pre-school/kids-sleep-melatonin/

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