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Discussion: Empathy

in: slauenstein; slauenstein > 2016-05-03

May 4, 2016 3:22 PM # 
Sorry that I don't have any tips for soothing Lena. Perhaps growing a beard might help, I think she liked my beard. I do have lots of empathy for your predicament though...
May 4, 2016 5:53 PM # 
YEAH!!!! :) plus qu'une semaine ;)
May 8, 2016 10:21 PM # 
Happy Mother's Day! It sure sounds like you have your hands full. I don't miss those days - it will get better! Jon and finally reached the point with Anna that we put her to bed, came in when she cried to reassure her we were still there, and then let her cry it out. She's a stubborn, passionate kid and hollered at it good for a few nights, but then she figured out how to calm herself and go back to sleep. Magic. It was really, really hard those first few nights, though. No idea if that's what's right for you and Lena, but all our best wishes that you find your path soon. It's hard to be at your best when you're constantly sleep deprived!
May 8, 2016 11:49 PM # 
Sorry, I don't have any good advice for you -- Max was always a good sleeper. And Samantha is a different story entirely. We started out sleeping in her room with her, then for a long time until she fell asleep. Now she's comfortable enough to fall asleep alone, if she knows we're in the next room.
For adopted kids, you're never supposed to leave them alone to cry it out, since they have abandonment issues already.
May 8, 2016 11:58 PM # 
Peggy, that's really interesting. Makes sense - I'm glad Peter never fought with us over sleep. He still must have some deep memory of us coming home for mid-tour leave from deployment and then going back for another 6 months when he was 2. Even at 8, if we are not home when he goes to bed, or if one of us is traveling, he often shows up in the middle of the night for a snuggle. We call it "counting his people." Thankfully, once he has accounted for us, he will go back to his own bed without complaint. He's getting pretty big to be in bed with us!

Which is probably why he likes camping so much...Peter wakes up with this beatific smile on his face, outside, surrounded by his people. How do you feel about camping? :-)
May 9, 2016 1:03 AM # 
We'll be taking Samantha camping for the fist time probably over Memorial Day. We'll see how it goes!
May 9, 2016 1:40 AM # 
And Sandra, I meant to say, I feel for you! I get so cranky when I miss too much sleep. Hang in there; I'm sure it's going to get better

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