Well, since I’m blogging at 1am my time you can probably guess that we aren’t “there” yet with getting our toddler to sleep in his own room – or for longer periods of time. I do feel like we’ve made some progress but I also feel like we’ve had some regression. When it is bed time now he usually does go to his room to go to sleep – with my help. This is definitely progress because before I started this he wasn’t sleeping in his room AT ALL. The fact that he knows this is his room and this is where he should sleep is a huge step for which I’m extremely thankful!
Unfortunately, though, I don’t feel like I can say we’ve totally reclaimed our bed. When he was sick he was waking more often and I just got too tired to keep getting up and going back to his room with him to get him back to sleep. I just ended up letting him sleep in our bed. I know that’s the wrong answer, but I think you have to be the situation to truly understand how tired I was and how sick he was. I still initially put him to sleep in his room, though, so I didn’t let the routine go to waste! Shortly after I got sick (it’s still lingering actually), so again he was sleeping in our bed more once he would wake. I was so run down I didn’t even want to nurse him back to sleep, so he actually started cuddling with my husband to fall asleep! I am hoping this doesn’t become a new habit because I’m not even sure how we would address that one! It’s all so complex that sometimes I do get frustrated by it, and I often feel I can’t talk about it for fear of what people would say or advice they would give because they don’t understand Sensory Processing Disorder and, in turn, they don’t understand him! I’ve noticed a lot lately I have a weakness for worrying about what others think! It’s definitely something I’m praying about a lot and working on!
As far as the not staying asleep issue we have a referral for a sleep study. More than likely it’s due to the SPD but you never know, so I think it’s wise to rule out other things. He will be having a swallow study soon as well to see if we can find answers as to why he chokes and gags so often. That could also be related to the SPD but because he also has trouble speaking (his speech is often nasal, and he has a severe articulation delay) there might be other things going on. So, I’m praying we get some answers so we know how to best help him! He’s been doing great in Speech Therapy and is progressing a bit slowly in his Occupational Therapy but progressing nonetheless! I am confident being proactive about getting him help will be so beneficial that I’ll look back on this one day and say I hardly remember it! 🙂