SPD, Boundaries and Sleep

SPD, Boundaries and Sleep #LittleMamaJama

It’s often said that children with sensory processing disorder (SPD) have difficulty with boundaries. They may seek input and, not knowing exactly where their bodies are in space, not be aware of that “personal bubble” that most people respect. They also struggle with sleep issues. Sleep problems combined with boundary issues make for a lot of long nights!

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I Have Weird Dreams

Do you ever wake up in the morning and think, “Where did THAT dream come from?”

I’ve been doing that a lot lately.  I don’t know why, but my dreams have been really odd the past few weeks.

Sometimes I dream about something that someone posted on Facebook, or about someone that I haven’t seen since childhood.  Last night I dreamt that I hired a babysitter for C and he turned out to be a comedian that I’d heard on 24/7 Comedy Radio on my iHeartRadio app.  The night before that, there was a tornado but we couldn’t go to the basement because it was on fire.

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Living Room By Day, Bedroom By Night

Well, we did it!  We moved our bed into the living room so that C could have his own bedroom.  We have so much more floor space now, and we have been sleeping wonderfully.  Wonderfully!

Please excuse the piles of laundry. There's always laundry in some stage of completion at Chateau de Novotny.

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11 Hours of Sleep? Divine!

I got 11 – ELEVEN!! – hours of sleep last night!  It was absolutely divine and for the first time since before I had C, I actually feel well-rested.  I have energy and feel like myself again.  In fact, Hubster would tell you that I’m playing it fast and loose with the weird life commentary, sound effects and laughter today.  (Doesn’t he remember that’s just my personality?) ;)

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Nighttime: An Open Letter to C

Dearest C,

When you were super little, I very much enjoyed sharing our one bedroom with you.  It was such a comfort to know that you were just a foot away from me.  It was so easy to come to your aid in the middle of the night when you needed one of us.  In the first couple of weeks, when my new maternal instinct was in overdrive and I had to check to make sure you were breathing, I didn’t need to go far.

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My Vacation!

I suppose that when you’re a stay-at-home mom and your child is staying with his grandparents for the week, you can consider it a vacation right?!

Well, I guess I’m on vacation!  After visiting my parents last weekend, we decided to leave C with them for the week since I was planning on coming back next weekend.  They get time to bond with C and I get some time to myself.  It’s a win-win, really.

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5:30? 5:30??!!!

Apparently C has decided that instead of the more palatable wake-up time of 7 or 8, he would prefer to wake up at 5:30am.  FIVE THIRTY IN THE MORNING.  Naturally, he insists on continuing two night feedings, the second of which is typically between 3:30 and 4:30.  Thus, he leaves me with somewhat of a “cat nap” before getting up for the day.

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The Battle of the Nap

Two sides, equally strong-willed and determined, face off in an epic battle of sleep.  A refusal to give into slumber is met with an equal dedication to enforce the rules of nap-dom.  Screaming and a theatric conflict of wills ensue.  There can only be one victor.

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Instituting an 8pm Bedtime

After we got back from vacation this week, I’ve been working on instituting an 8:00 bedtime for C.  I was a little concerned about it, because he has never been one for a schedule.  To my surprise, it has been working very well!  We dim the lights, change him into a sleeper and change his diaper.  Then he gets his bottle, we turn on his white noise and put him to bed.  He typically goes to sleep within minutes.  Outside of one or two crying sessions or waking up around 9:30/10, it’s been great.

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“The No-Cry Sleep Solution”

I just received this book, by Elizabeth Pantley, in the mail yesterday and cannot seem to read the pages fast enough.  Between my weary, sleep-deprived eyes and a 5-week-old who won’t nap for more than 15 minutes unless he’s sleeping on one of us, I’m in desperate need of a solution.

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