Monday, September 21, 2009

Don't want to jinx it, but. . .

Little has gone 2 full nights without coming into our room!!!

Now, I don't say that she has slept two nights because the first night I heard her twice. I am jumping ahead. Let me start at the beginning. That will take too long. Let me sum up (hee hee).

We went to the pediatrician on Saturday to rule out ear infections, etc. and our sweet Dr. Dave looked me in the eye and said, "I really believe it is behavioral. You are going to have to get to work." Great. He has four kids and so he laid out the plan they have used before and then called Little over to himself and said, "Little, listen. When mommy puts you to bed tonight you are going to stay in bed all night, okay?" She said, "I certainly will."

That night we wrote the new bed rules in her journal and she and I both signed it. The rules are basically this:
1. She is to stay in bed all night long.
2. If she gets up, I will take her back to bed one time only.
3. If she cries I will not come back in.
4. If she lays quietly then I will check on her in 2 min. (Dr. Dave was concerned she might be frightened of something.)
5. If she stays in her bed all night she gets a sticker (I made a cute chart - see it. . .).
6. If she gets 10 stickers we will go to Monkey Joe's - as a family. (She added the as a family "because that's so fun".) Night 1: I heard Little twice. Once she started to call out, "I neeeeeeed you." but stopped short at, "I neeeeee" and all was quiet. Several hours later I awoke to the sound of her twisting the door knob and then heard her say, "I will obey." and she went back to bed. (Right now you are saying, "I wish my kid had a special brain!!")

Night 2: Not a peep until 5:50AM (5 minutes after our alarm went off). Little called out, "Mommy, I just can't see. It is too dark."

So, thank you for all your prayers. Don't stop now, mind you. While our "black and white" brained Little has done well these two nights, I am not foolish enough to think that stickers are the wonder cure. Without our Lord's help she might just decided a sticker isn't worth it. Or what if they close Monkey Joe's.

Okay, now I am just being silly. But still - - "Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it."


amy said...

praise the LORD!!! when the storm woke up both my girls last night (and they were in our bed for the following hour due to ridiculously loud thunder), i thought of you and was praying for sleep! :)

annaj said...

Nice quote from Indigo!
So glad she's been successful!

Debbie said...

Yippee! How exciting to see how God is answering the many prayers for you. Can't wait to see how it continues. Isn't Monkey Joe's great!?!

Allison said...

I just love your little girl! "I certainly will!" what a sweet spirit!
What is Monkey Joe's?
Will keep praying...

Anonymous said...

The Lord brought you and Little to mind last night as I was putting a clean sheet on our youngest's bed. Good stuff, and I will continue to pray. -LAC Tallahassee, FL

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you and yours are getting some rest. Now I know this is probably a silly question, does she have a night light? If its just too dark? You could get one of those little round touch lamps for beside her bed so she see.

Anonymous said...

I am soooo thankful! I have been praying for you and was going to call you. (I would still love to talk!) How wonderful to see God's work the past two days.
Love the princess bride!

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Anonymous said...

Yea for Little and Dr. Dave. I love her obedient spirit. I'll ask, too. What is Monkey Joes? Marcie

Nick, Annie, Aiden, Sophie and Clip said...

I really don't like the anonymous option for comments. If its someone I know and they have a nice comment, then they usually sign their name...but I've had a few comments here and there that have been rude and disturbing and really ruffled my feathers. I almost hate it so much I want to make my blog private. Probably will someday.
On another note, I love that you could hear her say "I will obey."
Even if my kids EVER think that (which I suppose they might sometimes decide) I don't think they would say it out loud...which means I don't know it is happening. What a blessing that God allowed you to hear that.
We will pray it continues!

Amanda said...

(Hear me singing...) Praise the Lord, oh my soul!! Praise the Lord, oh my soul!! And all that is within me bless his holy name! (...end of song) So glad that Little slept!!

Banks said...

What a wonderful confirmation for our prayers, regarding Little!! Thanks so much for the update. We will continue praying for all of you that this is a permanent "habit" now. Love ya! Banks