At one time I had major issues with Raees' sleeping time. Sleeping past midnight, waking up at wee hours in the morning, waking up every 2 hours to breastfeed (not much of an issues there but it went on every night until he weaned off at 2 years plus).
My days of sleep deprivation and zombified look are gone! I've been able to keep him on a strict sleeping pattern that at times even I manage to get 10 hours of undisturbed sleep! I have my ME time again.
On average, Raees sleeps from 8.30pm - 7.30am. He can go up to 13 hours too!
Getting him to sleep is one thing. Waking him up is another.
Raees' school starts at 8am. He has to wake up by 7am in order to make it on time. He's been on time alright - once. Haha!
There was a time he got really angry when I woke him up from his slumber. So I took a gentler approach. Switch on the TV, make a lot of noise around the room and sing his favourite Sesame Street song (which will eventually get him to sing along in his sleepy voice).
Sometimes when time doesn't permit, I just carry him into the bathroom. This move would have 2 possible consequences - he'll straight away enjoy the running water OR temper tantrum. It's usually the former. But the latter, I just do what I need to do and ignore his cries.
I try to get him to wake up by 7.30am. But again, this only works when I'm around. When I'm not, others don't try as hard as I do to get him to wake up.
Motherhood has taught me many things. To be strong, patient...and cold hearted! I force Raees to follow the timing I've set for him even when he resists. Someone needs to show authority towards him in a way to teach that not everything is his way.
Ladies and gentlemen, looks like I've become the 'garang' (strict) mom.