Lately Quinn has been a screaming, shrieking nightmare at bedtime. Literally.
He hates going to bed and lets us know this with a vehemence known only to toddlers. There are days we’ve had to hold him in the room with one hand and close the door with the other. We’ve had to lock his door with him inside. We’ve had to put furniture in front of the door.*
Don’t worry, we always open up his escape routes after he falls asleep, but I still feel a little like I’m scarring him forever. Like he’ll grow up with intense claustrophobia and not know why except for the fact that he has vague memories of pounding on a door blocked by a changing table.
It’s completely horrible. For him too. Ha ha.
I think that a big part of the reason he hates bedtime so much is that he is separated from his brothers, who share a room. I think this because before bed every night he asks if he can sleep in Sam and Jack’s room.
Being the problem solver that I am, I asked him if he’d like to move his bed into their room. He was beyond delighted. Sam was also delighted. Sam was so delighted that on Saturday morning he managed to drag Quinn’s toddler bed, mattress and all, out of Quinn’s room and into the hallway.
We eventually moved it the rest of the way and that night, all three kids went to bed together. There was some initial chatting and bickering, but then things seemed to be calming down.
Until, that is, Quinn came out of the room saying he was afraid. I told him he had nothing to be afraid of and sent him back.
About an hour later, Sam came out to tell me that Quinn needed me.
I found him in his bed, under his blanket, with his pillow over his head, and only a tiny smidge of his anxious face peering out from underneath. He was so hot he had sweated through his pajamas and I seriously thought he had spiked an astronomical fever.
I took his temperature (normal) and sat with him outside to cool him down. Then I let him sleep on the couch.
Remind me to find my noise canceling headphones before bedtime.
* It’s not as mean as it sounds. Please don’t call the authorities on me.