MY QUIRKY KIDS AND THEIR EVEN QUIRKIER SLEEPING HABITS!
It is not uncommon for us to wake in the middle of the night and be met by this scene...
|Photo taken in pitch darkness with very bright flash!|
The photo is of Thomas and Daniel asleep on the hard, wooden floor. Apparently, at times, their beds get too hot and they seek relief on the floor! How this can possibly be comfortable is beyond me. Admittedly, it is more often Daniel that we find strewn in between doorways, at the top of stairwells and beside the bed. He has done this from the day we took the side rails off his cot and turned it into a bed. At first, we thought he had fallen off and started putting a blanket down beside the bed but then we realised he was choosing to sleep on the floor! We have bought him a huge bed for the new place so we are hoping he'll just roll from one side to the other when he gets too hot.
Thomas tends to stay in his actual bed more. However, a couple of times I think we have encountered him sleep walking! Hope that doesn't become a regular occurrence.
And Samuel (the seemingly forgotten child on this blog - will have to put up some fresh photos soon) does this weird head banging thing to get to sleep. I'm told this is perfectly normal and Sam himself used to do it as a baby...just uncomfortable to watch!
So there you go...even sleeping isn't "regular" in this household! Which reminds me that I don't think I've shared the story of the night Thomas locked himself in my sister's room. My sister was out for the night and Thomas had been told to go to bed but had instead snuck into my sister's bed to watch TV. My mum and I were both heading to bed at about 1am when we noticed my sister's door locked and the faint sound of the TV from inside. We started knocking on the door, first softly and then louder (trying not to wake Daniel in the next room). No answer...not even a stirring from inside. As time passed, we started to grow a little more panicked and soon Sam and my Dad were also up out of bed and trying to help. Four adults standing around in pj's and Thomas fast asleep on the other side of the door. There was an insane moment where I just had to laugh. I really wanted to take photos as well but of course that might not have been looked upon too kindly!
|The only picture I got - of the door handle half dismantled! We then realised it couldn't be removed from the outside!|
There was no way to unlock the door from the outside and there was no way to even remove the handle to get the door open. It's a two storey house so there was no way we could get up to that window without a really tall ladder. My Dad went and disconnected the TV from the mains in the hope Thomas would hear us but again to no avail. We then decided it better be turned back on so if he did awake he would at least have the light of the TV to see with.
In our sleep-deprived, deluded states we discussed cutting holes in walls and calling the fire brigade... but in the end my Dad and Sam convinced us to go to bed and wait until morning. I was pretty certain Thomas was asleep because he had on many other occasions fallen asleep watching TV from my sister's bed - just never with the door locked.
Fear of the unknown got the better of my Mum and I though and we hardly slept at all that night. We took it in turns getting up and down, going to the door, calling out etc... if I had just been able to hear him or see him my mind would have been at rest...but all we could hear was that damn TV all night long.
Of course, Thomas awoke the next day all bright and cheerful, and of course well-rested with not a care in the world! That's Thomas for you :)
Is it any wonder I have so many grey hairs? Do anyone else's kids have weird sleeping habits or have done anything like Thomas did?