Monkey is ahead of the game this week at least in regards to his weekly fade. He typically starts the week a little rough, it is hard to go back to school after a weekend, right? But he’ll rebound and have a good Monday (minus the AM transition), Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. By Friday, he’s tired and it shows.
It’s well documented that he doesn’t get as much sleep on school nights as he does on vacations despite the fact that we keep the same sleep schedule and routines day after day after day. He just DOESN’T sleep as well. He has trouble falling asleep despite the medications and he has trouble staying asleep. So. Friday mornings are a whiny mess but he makes it through and generally does OK…maybe resting a little longer at story time than normal but nothing outrageous.
Today, you may have noticed, is only Thursday.
Today should have been an easy, peasy drop you off and “see you later” kind of morning. Unfortunately, Monkey was whiny and dragging asp. He wanted me to carry him to the car. “Not today, we’re going to ….?” “School.” He wanted to ride the train, pweeease?? “Where are we going?” “School.” He wanted me to carry him to class. “Monkey, you’re too …?” “Heavy.” (Not really but I only carry him as a very special treat when he’s being very good.)
Once we got to class he was tearful, wanting lots of hugs, wanting us to stay. He’s exhausted. I really just don’t know what to do. He’s on meds for his ADHD that typically results in drowsiness but it doesn’t seem to help him fall asleep. We use melatonin sometimes but he gets used to it after a while and we have to take a “drug holiday” because it no longer works. The Dr. we see will just have us chart again and the numbers aren’t awful. He loses 30 minutes or so of sleep but that ADDS UP and by the end of the week he’s wasted again.
This week is probably worse because he did have last week off. It’s just so sad to make this little guy chug through a day when I know exactly how miserable he is. No one ever promised it would be easy though.
Where’s Karen? I need a “suck it up, buttercup.”