Jet Lag is Evil

Jet lag is a horrible, horrible thing. Especially if you live with a four year old.

The past two nights, I’ve gotten her to bed by 9pm.

The past two nights, she’s gotten up around 3 to get into my bed… and then flopped around unable to go back to sleep for 2 or 3 hours.

Waking her up to go to school today felt downright cruel. But it wasn’t as if I wasn’t tired, too! She cried basically from the time I woke her up until the time we got into the car. Mixed in with the sobs was “sorry, Mommy, I don’t want you to be mad at me” which only made me feel like a bigger jerk. But sleeping in is not going to make the jet lag go away.

Once we got to school, she was fine. Kissed me and hugged me goodbye and headed off with her friends. When I picked her up, she was in a great mood. But by the time her friend who’d come over to play in our snow had to go (partially because it was already DARK outside!) she dissolved into tears.

I got her into bed at 8:45. I convinced her that it’s time to get back to our routine and I refused to lay down with her. She fell asleep all on her own. Now if only she sleeps all night long!

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