If Elizabeth had her way, she would never sleep alone. In fact, her preference would be to sleep with her head directly on top of my head, her skull pressing down into my skull. (I know this because she has actually tried to do this.) Most nights, she falls asleep in her own room and then wakes up some time in the wee hours and comes looking for someone to sleep with. Matt and I generally sleep in separate rooms because of wildly different sleeping hours and neither of us getting quite enough sleep. When we sleep separately, at least we aren’t waking each other up when we have to be up. (For example, it’s 11:24pm and I am still up. Matt’s been asleep for hours and he will get up at 4:00am, where I will sleep until 6:00am. There is no room in these hours for us to waste each other’s sleep. ANYWAY.)
So I sleep in a twin size bed and Matt sleeps in a king. Every night when Elizabeth gets up, she knows that I will not let her sleep in the small bed with me, but Matt generally will let her sleep in the big bed with him. Fine. Great. No one is unhappy with this scenario. Except that she comes in to me and wakes me up and asks me to take her to Matt. Why must I be a part of this transaction? (Matt sleeps in the pitch black. When you open my door, a night light in the hall leaves enough light for her to see me.) We have tried everything to just have her go into Matt without waking me up. But nope, every night she wakes me up and has me take her. Last night I figured out how she keeps getting away with this. I can tell her all I want during the day that she should let me sleep and I am logical and make sense. At night when she wakes me up, she is significantly more awake than I am and thus she has the upper hand. I am always in a stumbling confused stupor and generally I agree to whatever this sensible awake person asks of me so that she will go away and leave me alone.