Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Laughter Is The Best Medicine

Got any good jokes? If so, send 'em my way; I'm running out.

Three out of four nights this week I've been laying next to Oliver on the floor from about 1:45 until 4:00? 5:00? as he curls around me not sleeping. So, to pass the time and take some of the pressure off I've been telling him (and myself) every silly joke I can think of. It helps I think.

I've been paying very close attention to my boy during those hours and, I could be wrong, but it seems as though he doesn't want to sleep. It looks as though he is struggling to keep his eyes open. Is he afraid to sleep? Is he having nightmares that wake him?

I wish I knew.


  1. We have had a couple similar nights here too lately. Have you seen the full moon out this week? Maybe that has something to do with the lack of sleep.

    I'll have to find Brother-roo's Joke Master Jr. and put some batteries in it and get back to you with some silly jokes. I am so bad at remembering any.

  2. I know those nights. Oh, how I know those nights. I hope you have some restful nights in your very near future.

    Here's one of our favorites:

    Knock knock.

    Who's there?


    Panther who?

    Panther no panth, I'm going thwimming!

  3. We have learned that staying with Conor does nothing but keep him awake, no matter how we try. We have had many nights like that, too. We tried soothing, cuddling, reprimanding, threatening a timeout, everything you could think of!
    After it went on for 3 weeks, what put a stop to most of them (it happens about once every few months now) for us was the use of melatonin. He used to wake up around 2:00 and would be awake until 4:30 or 5:00, no matter what we tried.
    Sending you hugs of support and wishing you restful nights SOON.

  4. Henry was awake the other night, but the next day we found out he had an ear infection. In his case, he usually only wakes up if he is sick.

    Oh, if they could only TELL US what is going on!

    I think we'll be getting one of those joke masters for Christmas.

    Wish I could take a night for you!

  5. My heart goes out to you. I can't cope at all without sleep. I am a blubbering mess. Gabe hasn't had sleeping problems (Yet, *Knocking on wood*)the eating problems were difficult enough. for a knock, knock joke...

    Knock, knock.
    Who's there?
    Huge who?
    Who joo expect!


  6. ugh. so so sorry about the sleep. ugh! well, let's see...not sure if our jokes would be good but here are a few favorites:

    what did zero say to eight?

    nice belt.

    i know someone who thinks they're an owl.


    now i know two people.

    knock knock.

    who's there?


    banana who?

    knock knock.

    who's there?


    banana who?

    knock knock

    who's there

    (continue in this was for ever then finally say:)


    orange who?

    orange you glad i didn't say banana again?

    sending sleep vibes for the whole family *************

  7. wow, Christine, I just wrote a post about this very topic. John has been up a lot lately. It also feels to me like he doesn't want to sleep. Have things gotten any better?

  8. Saw your comment on 'hair cuts'. I'm right there behind you dearie.

  9. After six years of struggling with Owen's sleeplessness, I've surrendered. Owen tells everyone he is nocturnal and that he doesn't "need" sleep. I do!!
    I snuggle with Owen almost every night until he falls off to sleep.
    For us it is fear, mixed with some anxiety and an overactive nervous system. The only thing that helps is to take Owen swimming regularly.
    Good luck to you!! Sorry, I don't know any jokes. :(