Re: [IPp] family bed
Is she really getting up to use the bathroom or is she waking up
because she is low/high overnight? Do you check her sugar overnight?
Maybe she is getting "funny feelings" at night from out-of-range
sugars and that leads her to feel the need for mom and dad. We
co-sleep with our 3 year old, so I see nothing wrong with a family
bed, but clearly, this is a change from her previous, well-established
baseline. If you are not already doing so, I would start doing some
overnight sugar readings.
Octavia, mom to Ailsa
On 7/13/06, email @ redacted <email @ redacted> wrote:
> Good Morning All,
> I haven't seen this topic addressed in our forum but then again I only joined
> about 9 months ago. My daughter is almost 12 and was diagnosed in December
> Prior to diagnosis, Frances would crawl into bed with us during the night
> 2-3 times a week, usually around 5am after she woke to use the restroom.
> one of us would be getting up near that time anyway we didn't make a big deal
> about it. Sometimes Frances would go a week or more without joining us. If
> sisters spend the night out she wants to sleep with us since our bedroom is
> downstairs and Frances feels "lonely."
> Frances is a very intelligent, organized child (aren't they all?). She is
> particular about her appearance. She keeps her room very neat and she likes
> keep everything else neat as well. This neatness has escalated since
> she will walk in the house and start straightening everything, sweeping, etc.
> Maybe she is a little OCD?
> She does a good job with diabetes management considering her age. She likes
> do site changes herself, she likes to manage her pump herself, etc. She does
> well in school, plays several sports, does stuff with friends (less friend
> visits this summer since many of her friends are at camps on or vacations),
> fights with her sisters - pretty typical kid.
> In the last two months or so, Frances wants to sleep with us every night. She
> doesn't have a problem going to sleep in her own bed. She just wakes up every
> night and joins us. We've tried limiting liquids at night, getting her new
> sheets & comforter, rearranging her room to make it cozier, etc. My husband
> I are usually so dead asleep that we don't even notice when she comes in. If
> ask Frances about sleeping with us, she says she feels "better when I'm in
> middle of Mom and Dad." She doesn't get upset if we talk about it (unless one
> her sisters comments). My husband and I don't treat her like a baby, she does
> chores, is punished when necessary.
> How do we reclaim our bedroom? I want Frances to feel safe by herself. I know
> diabetes is a factor in this - perhaps the OCD is her way to gain control
> her body has failed her. I'd appreciate your thoughts.
> Thank you and have a blessed day,
> Lecie Harrison
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