Sunday, October 18, 2009
Sleep, Be Not Proud
I remember when Aiden was a baby, who never went to sleep for more than 45 minutes at a time. At first everyone consoled me that breastfed babies wake a lot. Well, to be honest, everyone I knew with babies was breastfeeding too, and their little ones slept...like the proverbial baby. Then I was told that he'd grow into sleeping through the night. Also a lie. I think you either get a sleeper or a non sleeper. Little miss Margaret is a great sleep-thru-the-nighter...unfortunately, her big brother isn't. He's always gotten up once during the night, but for the past couple of years, he's generally gone right back to sleep. Then, the past 6 mos. of so, he's taken to waking up, and going back to sleep in a few hours time. If at all.
It's now almost 11:30 p.m., and the little boy has finally closed his eyes...after 3 and a half hours of my waiting with him for sleep. And now it's time for me to close mine....because he may be waking up soon.
So, my awareness message for tonight...autism/Asperger's greatly affects sleep. And behind every sleepy child, is a sleepy parent.