I was on duty tonight as Rod had gone to the gym. I waited til KD was asleep then took him up, brushed his teeth and put him to bed. Which he got out of. Three times. But that’s all. I sat on the stool and read to him quietly. He was asleep within 15 minutes. I was back downstairs, painting my nails, by 8.30. Rod texted to say he was pumped up to do the night shift. When he got back I coached him, then went to bed, wondering how the night would go…
“I can’t keep doing this,” Rod mumbled.
I thought he was talking in his sleep – I hadn’t heard a thing until now. I got up, put him back and sat on the stool for ten minutes. That was it.
Up again. I put him back, sat on the stool for ten minutes and that was it.
He came into bed for a cuddle. “Rod – did you get up with him last night?” I asked.
“Yeah, twice,” he said.
“Are you sure?”
I got A Look.
“So – there was no screaming last night?” I asked. Rod stopped tying his lace and looked up.
What an enormous breakthrough! No screaming! I could start the day with normal blood pressure levels. Most importantly of all, the message was getting through to the Wee Man – Mum and Dad are in charge. He’s beginning to accept that if he gets up he’ll only get put back into bed, he won’t get juice or cuddles or stories or – the ultimate goal – a night in Mum and Dad’s bed.
This is actually working…
Will it continue? Read about Night 4 here