Tuesday, February 17, 2009
From the information I've informally gathered, I've come to the conclusion that one thing that might help stop Andrew from sleepwalking would be a better curtain. His curtain before, although cute, was not practical.
Andrew has been telling us that he is scared of "the lights" and it took us a while to figure out exactly what he meant. I thought he meant the street lights, or the lights from the signs on the buildings. One night we stayed with him for a little while after story time so we could what lights he was talking about. And then it so obvious that I can't believe we didn't figure it out before. When cars drive by our building, their headlights travel up and down his walls and across his ceiling. And he's not really old enough to understand that those shimmery images are just from the cars driving by. So a better curtain would keep the light and noise out of his room and on the street where it belonged. This way he might have an easier time falling asleep, but also he might be able to sleep longer and more deeply. So, I got online and ordered some blackout fabric.
I wasn't quite sure how I would put his curtain together. I wanted it to go with the other things I've made for his room, and I knew I didn't have enough of any one fabric, so I went for stripes. And I think piecing it together looks great! Happy surprise! I love that.
And the verdict so far? He has not stopped sleepwalking entirely. But he seems to be sleepwalking less, and by less I mean later. By what we could tell, he was up and about by midnight many nights, and this week I've checked on him at several points after midnight and he is still in his room. So, it seems like he is getting longer stretches of good sleep. And, hey, at this point, I'll take what I can get.
I just hope that now that he has an effective curtain, he doesn't develop a fear of the dark! It just never ends with these guys...