Tuesday, October 03, 2006

What a night!!!

So, yesterday when I went to pick Abigael up from kid school she tripped over my feet and took a header into the corner of some wooden furniture. She wailed and developed a pretty big welt on her forehead right down the middle of her poor little head! She was ok. Thank God for rounded corners otherwise she would have split her head open!! She fell asleep in the car on the way home from school and I put her on the couch so I could watch her to make sure she didn't have any "head injury" signs or symptoms. She slept like the dead for about three and half hours waking up around 3:40pm with no ill effects, just a nice black and blue lump on her forehead! The rest of the evening went as usual. Christie came home and Abigael was her normal bundle of CRAZY energy. We put her down to bed, in her crib as she won't stay down in her "big girl bed" if she is still awake, around 8:00pm.

Now let me tell you about her crib. With the sliding side up it is a good 3 feet from the top of the side rail to the floor. A few weeks ago, while I was in Colorado, Abigael decided she wanted to climb INTO her crib with the side rail down but could not get out. She yelled until Mommy came to get her out, yelling "OUT!!" as loud as she could. She then repeated several times until Christie put the side rai; all the way up and even then she attempted to crawl in but couldn't swing the leg high enough. We decided to go get Abigael a "Big Girl" bed that sits much lower to the floor but in doing so she now won't stay in bed at night if we put her down awake in that bed. She has slept in her "big girl" bed a few times but only when she has already fallen asleep on the couch or in the car. And even then she usually wakes up around 3 ish to wander around the house (she learned how to use the door knob and light switch long ago!) until she wakes one of us up and we put her in her crib to keep her from getting up.

Last night we put her in her crib and she actually went straight to sleep as she was just plain tuckered out from school and the fall. That was until about 2:15 AM!!!!!!

We were awakened to the sound of Abigael yelling for Mommy and Daddy!! Usually we just let her do her thing and she settles down and goes back to sleep. Finally around 2:35ish she said, "Mommy! PEEPEE!!" So Christie bolted out of bed and went to check on her. I hear Christie down the hall and on the baby monitor say, "You're naked! Where are your clothes and your diaper?" Abigael responds, "Abigael nakkie, and Mommy nakkie too!" (Chrisite was in night clothes) . Abigael had to go pee and she knew being naked that she had to use the potty. So she went pee. Christie put clothes and a diaper back on her and put her back in bed with a stern warning to go back to sleep. Christie came back to bed and we thought that would be the end of it, no prob right?

We were awakened again around 3:30AM when our door was shut abruptly, something she likes to do first when she gets up in the middle of the night, and we heard her milling about in her room through the baby monitor. Christie says to me, "I think she's up." I say "I think she is too!" and I mumble something about " You put her in her crib, right?" Christie says, "YES!" I walk out to Abigael's bedroom to find her darting for her crib and attempting to crawl back in as I open her door. She is sans clothes again but still in her diaper. I pick her up and tell her that she should not be trying to climb out of her crib! I make it back to bed in time to hear her crying out "Dadda help STUCK! HELP!" I run back in and turn on the light and she is perched on top of the side rail one leg over and one leg stuck in the bars. I picked her up and put her back in the crib with a VERY stern warning about crawling out of the crib and of course she mimicks me back and looks very cute. I turn out the light and stay by the door and by the time I close the door I hear movement and I open the door and turn on the light and she is on the floor. I put her back in and tell her "NO! climbing!!" I turn out the light and leave the door open and she again vaults the rail this time I catch her in mid air as she lands on her butt on the floor! I pick her up with a swat to the butt and very upset dad voice I tell her "NO more escape attempts" and I think she gets it this time as I waited for a while with no noise or movement. I go back to bed to try to salvage some sleep....

Then around 4 something AM she is out again and Christie gets up this time and puts her in the "big girl" bed (just for safety-sake knowing that she won't stay in bed) with a swat to the butt and again a stern NO and warning not to get up. We get back to bed thinking she may just have had enough getting up. NOPE! Up again. So then we put the baby gate up in front of her door and we figure that she can just play in her room. The first attempt the gate was not secure enough she topples the gate and is out!! GGGGRRRrrrr I fix the gate and then she just opens the door and says "Mommy" about 173 times and then starts opening and shutting the door loudly! I am just about fed up when all of the sudden she is at the side of my bed! I take her back to bed again and she gets up again. This time I am standing outside the door and as she attempts to hurdel the 2 and a half foot baby gate I scoop her up and smack her butt enough to actually get it in her head that she needs to listen. She crys and lays in bed for about 15 minutes and then tries to get up again!!!! At that point I just get up because its 5 AM and I am not going back to sleep and neither is Abigael.

While up and out in the living room, Abigael lays on the couch and almost falls asleep but then decides she want the TV on. With my back turned, she gets into the A/V cabinet, turns the reciever to the radio with the volume turned all the way up!! I have to vault the couch to get it turned down and off with again a NO! and a michevious Abigael wanting to watch Dora... She is still up and so are we. Christie called in sick because she has a splitting headache and we are now getting ready to go to school.. So what do we do??!?!?!?!?!?!? Tie her into bed at night?? The crib is out now and we are at a loss as to what to do!!

A&P class should be fun to night from 5:30 till 9pm uhgg!!

(Late edit: Abigael was wired, but exhausted, until about 10pm when she passed out on the couch. I put her in her "Big Girl" bed and SHE SLEPT THROUGH THE ENTIRE NIGHT!!! That is until I was awakened at 6:35 AM once again to my door slamming shut. When I finally decided to drag myself out of bed (I was up till midnight doing math homework!) she was in the bathroom sans diaper trying to wipe herself after peeing. Which is great if she hadn't had a poopy diaper that was hucked in the bathroom trash can and a butt still covered in poop!! NOT THE WAY I AM SUPPOSED TO WAKE UP!!! Needless to say I got her cleaned up no harm no foul and we're off to another day ;) )


Wes said...

Man, sounds like a rough night. Time to start drastically shortening the naps, huh?

Brandon said...

Just you wait buddy you don't even know!! 2am will be a good thing soon enough for you!!

Anonymous said...

That's my grand daughter all right. ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!
She sure is taking after her mommy. ha ha ha! Christie remember the curse your mom told you about?
I love it Brandon thanks for sharing.
Love to all, Dad

Anonymous said...

Love the late entry Brandon. Isn't life as the young father of a strong healthy little sweet baby girl a great thing? Next time think about when you were a baby and your mom went through the sames things with you. The thoughts should make things better and even have you laughing!
Love you son for your caring......

Anonymous said...

Ok, I have to comment on this! Wow, I don't remember either of my kids going thru this kind of transition. Brandon, you went from crib to bed without a hic-up. Once you were in a bed you 'basically' stayed there. I say basically because he would fall out of bed every night and we would find him on the floor in the morning sleeping soundly, probably never woke up. What a good sleeper you were. I am blessed, 2 two hour naps each day until Kindergarten and a 2 hour nap when he got home. Sweet. Sorry your daughter isn't following in your shoes, son, maybe the next one will, hint, hint. Give Abigael a hug for Grandma and Papa, love you, Mom