Wednesday, 25 January 2012

2am is the new 7am??

Emily's really starting to play up with regards to the Holly situation.

She's not eating at the table properly and dinner / breakfast time has become a bit of a mental warzone.

This morning, however, was one of those times you could have just brained her. Just before 2am she came bounding into our bedroom all smiles and laughter, ready to play, etc. 2 AM!

I eventually took her into the spare bedroom where she EVENTUALLY got to sleep... around 5am. You can imagine the joy waking her up today.

We thought about it after the fact, and it's been a real shake up for her. She won't go to bed in her own bed either. We've had to let her fall asleep at the foot of our bed, like the family dog. I imagine she must have turned in her sleep last night and woke slightly to find she wasn't where she started the night and just wanted to return.

I don't know what the solution is. Discipline and punishment and all the stuff you do to a normal child go out the window with someone like Emily - they just won't respond to it. We have to instead try to get to the root cause of whatever the situation is and try and nip that in the bud. It's difficult, though at 2am when the root cause sailed some 5 hours ago.

Everyone keeps saying that Em will stop reacting to Holly and start dealing with being a big sister, but having read the SEYSCAT report yesterday and knowing that Emily isn't like other children (who eventually come around), I'm not betting that's going to happen all that soon.

Until then we put up with horror meal times, screams when we go near her bedroom door for sleeps and the general tantrums of a child who can't express that she doesn't want to share mummy and daddy any more.
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