“I awake!” These have become the two most feared words to hear from our 22 month old. It’s his current protest any time we mention the words bedtime, nap, night night, or sleep. Whether it’s 10 in the morning or 4 in the afternoon. Any hint of going to bed triggers an immediate “No, I awake!” response from him.
Sometimes it’s cute… especially when he mishears you and thinks you said “nap” or “sleep.” For instance
- [after running around the kitchen with a broom] “Are you sweeping, Peter?” “No — I AWAKE!”
- [after wiping boogers on his sleeve] “Did you wipe your nose on your sleeve? On your sleeve?” No — I AWAKE!”
Sometimes it’s not cute. Like when you go in to do a simple “binky replacement” while he’s in his crib, and he spots you and proclaims “I awake!” and wails for minutes, even hours, if you do not pick him up and take him out of the crib right then and there. (Sometimes he falls back asleep. Usually he does not.)
Lately, Peter has taken to getting up before 5:30 a.m. This is not cool. And sure enough, somewhere amongst the yelling during our failed attempts at let’s-ignore-him-and-hope-he-screams-it-out-of-his-system-and-falls-asleep efforts, is Peter saying AWAKE! AWAKE!