Thank-You Supernanny!

Ava has always been a great sleeper. Aside from the newborn niggles while we all figured out our routines, she has always slept well. She slept through the night for the 1st time at 6 weeks old and did it consistently from about 10 weeks old. I attribute our good sleeping fortune to two things:

  1. Her personality
  2. I’m a firm believer in sleep training

So imagine our horror when all her good sleeping habits went for a ball of s.h.i.t. in the last two weeks?  And when I mean her good sleeping habits, I’m only really referring to bed time. Previously, her bed time routine would be supper, followed by a bath and a little play time in the bath, then jarmies go on and it’s story time, in bed, then light’s out and sleep time. No issues and by 19h30, madam would be lights out.

About 6 months ago, we had a bit of a speed wobble with bed time which we quickly discovered was related to Ava’s afternoon nap. As soon as we dropped her nap time, she went back to being a breeze in the evenings.

But the last two week’s. Oh my holy hell, it has been a nightmare! She will come out of her room up to 20 ( YES TWENTY) times before eventually dropping off to sleep, sometimes being up as late as 21h30! And boy oh boy, Ava can come up with some great reason’s to leave her room. She needs to use the loo, she needs a bottle, she needs to tell us something, there’s a moth flying around, you name it, she’ll use it.

Now I must just mention, Walter and I have very different strengths as parents and patience is not Walter’s strong point when dealing with Ava coming out of her room 20 times each evening, so on Monday, I decided to go all Supernanny on her! I learned an amazing lesson about my levels of patience under pressure. I never once lost my cool!

Wanna know why that’s so amazing? Because in the space of 20 minutes, I had to return Ava to her bedroom FIFITEEN times!!!! I sat outside her bedroom door and each time she came out, I’d stand up, make no eye contact or any conversation, turn her around, lead her back to her bed…..

Ava tried every defence to my offence she could come up with, here are just a few examples of the heart wrenching blackmail she unleashed on me:

  1. Crying till the snot run
  2. Begging me to talk to her: “Moma, say something, talk to me, why aren’t you talking to me?”
  3. “I want my Daddy!”
  4. “Moma’s a monster!” *sob*
  5. “I’m scared because I’m in trouble!”
  6. “There’s a spider!”
  7. “I’ve made a pooh!” *there was no pooh, FYI
  8. Slamming the door in my face

But you know what? It was totally worth it! Because it worked! Granted, it took patience of steel, granted I did have to take her back to her bed FIFTEEN times but on Tuesday night, she went straight off to sleep no problem and last night she only got out of bed twice and with none of the snot, trane and drama of the first night when I went all Suppernanny on her!

Here’s hoping she’s getting back into good sleep routines because damn, I miss eating a warm supper or spending time talking to Walter in the evenings!

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  • Reply Paula Pinkham

    I can so relate to this. My 4 year old has the imagination of dragon slayers and dinosaur hunters so every night after the bedtime ritual of bathing, dressing and reading The Gruffalo’s Child or anything Gruffalo related, putting the blankets straight, making sure there’s water next to him and that no light is seeping through the bottom of the door, we sit down for some quiet time. Just by the way, apart from the 4 year old, I have 4 other children, including 8 month old twins, so the quiet time is most welcome! Not 2 minutes go by and he’s standing at the top of the stairs telling us that the spider spun a web in his eye, and so starts the upstairs, downstairs, upstairs, downstairs adventures, until patience levels are at their limit. So, I can totally relate to your story. I must say, that he has gotten much much better in the past 2 weeks but we still have some entertaining stories about why he’s out of bed! Good luck!!

    January 31, 2013 at 2:40 pm
  • Reply Melinda

    oh hell…I would have cracked under that pressure…especially if she pulled no 2 and no 5 on me…Well done, Supernanny

    January 31, 2013 at 2:41 pm
  • Reply Fiona

    Zoe has been going through the same thing since we bought her a new bed a few weeks ago. It takes her an hour to an hour and a half to fall asleep and then she would wake 2 or 3 times a night. It’s been exhausting.
    I would love to try what you did but the problem is, she doesn’t come out of the room. She lies in bed and screams “Mommy”! She does that until I come or she cries until she is hysterical. I honestly don’t know what to do with her anymore.

    January 31, 2013 at 3:13 pm
  • Reply SpiritedMama1

    Good for you for you SuperBarrenness 🙂
    I too went all supernanny on Joshua a while back and thankfully we’re back to sleeping routine. Our little bugger now seems to think that it’s the cutet thing to sneak into our bed in the wee hours of the morning. He frekaed out the other day when I was in the shower already cos he didnt wake me…

    January 31, 2013 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Laura

    Awesome! Will you come do Jack now please? I will make sure there is wine afterwards.

    We are still lying with him – our own fault for starting it.

    January 31, 2013 at 5:15 pm
  • Reply Kristin

    Kudos for sticking to your guns and solving her sleep problems so quickly.

    January 31, 2013 at 5:28 pm
  • Reply sophie

    Waw Sharon, very impressed !!
    I would have cracked ….

    February 1, 2013 at 12:15 am
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    February 1, 2013 at 8:58 pm
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