Sleeping Single in Her Full-Size Bed
By: Annie Eskeldson
A common problem parents endure while raising energetic children on the spectrum is the lack of sleep. Mysteriously our little angels only need a wee bit of shut-eye, while we zombies parents are desperate for just one good night.
I'm elated that Ashi has started going to bed all by herself. Now, before you get jealous, please know that I have spent over 6 years going to bed with her at night, every night, without fail.
Rather than risk complications of meds or battle rigid night-time routine and clocks, I decided to just go to bed with her. Simple, right? I became her personal teddy bear with a heartbeat.
All those years ago, it took forever for her to nod off and I'd dare baaarely move to sneak out! Most mornings the cricks in my neck let me know that once again I had slept all night with her.
But, over the years, she drifted to sleep faster and faster and finally, at age 9, she's been telling me she's tired and ready for bed, even if I can't join her. I almost have to pinch myself to make sure it's real!