Quoted from debraDoes she eat compliantly for her blood type? Does she get enough exercise for her blood type? Does she nap in the afternoon?
Quoted from debraGlad she is eating compliantly. You could be exhausted watching her as she goes along, but it may not necessarily be 'exercise' per se for her. Do you take her out for walks? Out to the park for some running around? Especially after a 2-3 hour nap. I would say try cutting back the times of her nap to maybe an hour each day and make it as close to starting at noon...1:00 p.m. at the latest as possible. If she is not sleeping as much during the day she may settle at night. You will probably have a bit of grumpiness after only an hour of sleep as she wakes, but hopefully it will help her sleep through. She may be the type that does not need to nap every day now that she is getting older. Sometimes when the kids I babysit are grumpy it is because they are hungry and need to eat something complant. Fruits, rice cakes, compliant muffins/cookies and water work wonders. Oh...and carrots...they all love carrots. All O's and A's. ;) :D
Quoted from pkarmeierOne other thing, is she tinkling before going to bed. If not, that could be waking her whether she goes potty or not.
Quoted from pkarmeierIf you are waking Eliana after an hour nap (for whatever reason) odds are she's grumpy because she's just starting back out of the deepest part of her sleep cycle. I used to do that all the time, thinking I was doing a good thing for me. I'd take an hour nap. And I'd always wake up more tired than when I went to sleep. Now I know why. Just thought I'd mention that. :)
You should be glad she is weird as you put it because she loves the fruit etc. Which I know you prob really are. Really who wants to see their kids stuffing their face w/ junk all the time? Even the parents that let their kids do that.........they know it's not a good thing. And great to hear she gets no added sugar as well. And not much TV. So much other stuff to do to stimulate her little mind. ;D
May I suggest some sweet potato w/ ghee before bed? Not only is it a carb, it's a bennie for her as well. :-) and yummmmyyyy!!!!!!!!! Add a bit of sea salt and all set. May I also suggest the Jewel variety, I think it is. Sorry, mind went blank. It is really really orange inside and it is sooooo sweet. Add a little ghee and it's like dessert. ;D
One other thing, is she tinkling before going to bed. If not, that could be waking her whether she goes potty or not.
Quoted from Jill_Owen
This was something I was wondering about. Is she potty trained?
Quoted from Mommy_to_ElianaI'll have to see if the HFS has ghee.
Quoted from pkarmeier
you can easily make it yourself. throw 4 sticks in a baking dish, set your oven to 350, timer to 1 hour, check it after 1 hour to be sure the stuff in the bottom has browned ( i cook mine until it's a bit on the brown side, when it cools it's kinda a tan color) . cool, strain and you can leave it sit on the counter as long as you use ONLY clean and dry utensils. :)
Quoted from VictoriaOne thing that helped my daughter transition to using the toilet is that I bought her a tiny toilet that was white and looked just like a miniature version of the big one. She never liked "going" on the big one with her legs dangling down. I set it beside the big one and just let her play with it, not making a big deal of it.
The carbs before bed, as Italy suggested, often help with sleep. . . Sweet potatoes would be better than fruit before bed, in my opinion..
Quoted from Mommy_to_Eliana
she does nothing in the norm and everything is at her terms/rate.
Quoted from Henriette_Bsec
Sound like my daughter when she was a baby ;-)
I would say since you are so lucky to be at home with her.
Structure your day so she gets plenty of fresh air and exercise.
A nice hot bath followed by some high carb dinner. A goodnight song/story - a cool dark room and she would eventual learn to settle into a good night.
Sometimes around this age children can be a real pain in the.... not really ready to give up sleep during day- do not really need it so much as they used to- at the same time they begin being awre that they are an independent person and that they might be able to decide things or try to ;-)
I often find that a good nap during day = good night sleep- but impotant that it is not too late during the da.
I just looked into Emma babydiary and my entry at 26 months was follwing:( this was before BTD!) ( I´m not saying this is ideal;-) )
wake up at 8
breakfast: mainly eggs ryebread or peanutbutter sandwich
9-11 in kindergarden- lots of playing
11 lunch: veggies and fish or meat
sleep in pram outdoor ( all danish kid do that till 3 years :-) from 12- 13.30
14/(2 o´c) snack: - fruit and cheese
Going for a walk in the park or on the playground
maybe a small snack when we came home around
16.30 - like carrotsstick or dry fruit
playng athome -maybe "helping doing dinner "
bath around 18.00
dinner around 18.30/19: mainly light veggie based stuff- soups pasta- rice dishes,
nice reading book /singing song session - and in bed by 20- and a good night sleep
in a cool quiet dark room.
I have worked as a nanny in Ireland 2 years before I had Emma- and I have had my deal of insecure or spoiled children that couldn´t/ wouldn´t sleep.
So when I had Emma I decided that I wanted to teach her that to sleep was nice and safe - and now at 12 she loves going to bed- how many teens says that ;-)
I don´t think Elianna is either -she is just growing older - being more aware of what is going on around her.
I think that if you make her aware that this is nighttime and that you are there - but that you are very boring/want to sleep- she ´ll learn that she can fall a sleep by herself without waking you up.
Quoted from Henriette_BsecOh Sorry Jeannette somehow I had got that wrong :??
- welcome in the club :-) - single mums are tough...doing their best- Oh how I remember sneaking around in darkness.... I was so lucky that I was a student so Emma only had to stay at her minder/kindergarden half the day.
BTW I just read in one of our magazines that children with astma do sleep worse and wake up more often- so it might not be that course as well.
But as I wrote I do think that it just a period... she´ll get older.
Sleep tight :-)