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The Terrible Twos and Soap for Restless Legs?!?

March 19, 2010

Morgan dumped his milk (deliberately) in his bed tonight and  is now sleeping in his crib. He’s been a cranky and rebellious little one over the past 2 days–I wonder if he’s cutting his 3 year molars? He’s had time out for everything from throwing sand on the playground to smooshing peanut butter toast with my fabric placemats (again deliberately, always watching to see what mommy will do). One of my F#cebook friends summed it up perfectly in a status update on her own toddler the other day–How can a child that is so wonderful frustrate the heck out of you 10 seconds later?

For the past two nights, he has woken almost hourly. He calls out for J and I and most times is able to put himself back to sleep, but somehow ends up in our bed around 4-5am when we are just broken and exhausted. I am curious to see what will happen tonight since he is back in the crib with his aquarium soother that has saved us more than once from these middle of the night waking phases. I thought we were good to go with the big boy bed, but perhaps the novelty has worn off?

On to my next subject…tonight I will be sleeping with a bar of Ivory soap underneath my sheets because I hear from several girlfriend that this actually might help with my out of control restless leg syndrome.  Many women get it while pregnant, but I have had RLS for years. I’ve been on several medications to dull down the impulse to jog a marathon in bed each evening and nothing works long term that isn’t hypnotic and addicting.   It sounds flat out crazy to me, but we shall see 🙂

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. pursuit of poppy permalink
    March 19, 2010 10:44 am

    Poppy goes through the hourly wake-up phase every once in a while. The last time she did, we created a “sleep rules” chart w/sticker rewards. That seems to have done the trick for us. (knock on wood)

    Let me know if the soap does the trick! I am starting to feel RSL tendencies at night, but nothing major (again, let’s knock on wood). My mom mentioned the soap trick too…

  2. March 20, 2010 3:46 am

    You are SO NOT ALONE with the testy toddler situation. Wow, wow, wow are we going through the same thing. Both Ed and I breathed a sigh of relief when we put the kids down for bed. My little Bug is testing every limit possible. Exhausting.

    Never heard of the soap thing. Ed gets RLS sometimes. It makes ME crazy. 🙂 Let me know if it works and what exaclty you do with the bar of soap!

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