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Kayla, my oldest. She is 4 1/2 and is a sweet, loving and silly little girl. She took us 2 ½ years and 3 IVF’s to conceive. Kayla is allergic to dairy. We manage her allergy and work to balance her safety with giving her a normal childhood. Kayla loves to read books and play games - she amazes me every day.

Alysa, my youngest. She is 3 years old and is a silly little spitfire. She’s our monkey and loves to climb on everything. She was a “natural” baby, but it was only b/c of my wonderful doctors that we were able to stop an impending miscarriage. Alysa suffers from Acid Reflux Disease and sleep apnea. She may be little, but she has a big personality. She adores her big sister and is so much fun to be around. She keeps me laughing every day.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Never a dull moment
The girls had their OMT appointment today and since Kaya's in school, they have to go Tuesday afternoons which means I can't be there since I work all day on Tuesdays. So J got the pleasure of taking them. Kayla did great and he thinks she could be off Prevacid within 2 months. I've already been able to reduce her dose by more than half and so far so good. I hope it continues to be this smooth.

Alysa on other hand will not be so easy. He said she has a lot of tension at the base of her skull and of course this is the area she fights him the most. He also said that the curve at the top of her spine is off and he thinks a contributing factor is that she took her first steps just shy of 9 months old and never looked back. So she did not get enough time crawling and that is when that curve is formed. So now we have to get her to crawl around on the floor looking at the ceiling for 15 minutes a day. This should be interesting and if I have to get down on the floor with her, I will have to invest in some good knee pads.

Another interesting development is that he wants her to see a neurologist/sleep specialist for a possible sleep disorder. Alysa is a child that was sleeping through the night at 2 1/2 months and until recently never woke up during the night. Even sick, she would sleep through - she could sleep through a train wreck. But in recent months, she has gotten up sporadically - some night saying she had to go potty. At first I attributed it to our potty training attempts. But it has gotten more frequent lately and I believe she has now taken to sleep walking. Every night she falls asleep with her reading light on. Every night I go in, take the book out of her bed that she fell asleep with and shut her light off. Most mornings her light is back on and sometimes she has more books in her bed. Some nights when I go in her room, she will sit up or stand up, look around and look right at me or more accurately through me. I can see her looking at me, but not seeing me. She will sometimes mumble and then lay back down. Twice when sleeping at my Mom's, my found her in the middle of the night sitting in the room crying. Sometimes she wakes up, opens and slams her door and then gets back in bed, sometimes multiple times. Most recently she has been coming into our room. She will climb into bed, lay on top of me and sleep. I then have to get up and put her back in bed. She's done this numerous times and it is getting more frequent. She's done it the past three nights in a row. Last night, Jerome woke me up about 3am and pointed out that she was laying on her stomach in between us at the foot of the bed. I picked up her and put her back to bed. Ten minutes later, her door slammed. Twenty minutes later, she was wandering around the hallway. I got her back to bed and she told me she was cold (this time she was awake for sure) and I covered her and she was out the rest of the night.

All of this is definitely effecting her. She will complain, "I'm so tired Mommy". "I want to take a nap Mommy". She naps for 2+ hours but is up most nights until 10-11pm. She'll complain of being tired after being up only an hour in the morning.

I looked up sleep walking in children today and found that reflux disease can be a cause. So I had J mention it to the doctor. I was surprised that he wants her evaluated by a neurologist. He said it sounds like sleep walking, but regardless her sleep is being effected and she needs to be looked at for the cause. A sleep study should be interesting with a 2 1/2 year old.

So here we are embarking down a new medical path.

Does anyone have any experience with childhood sleep walking?

posted at 10:30 PM  

At 8:17 AM, Blogger Nowheymama said...

We don't have any direct experience with sleepwalking, but one of Scott's brothers sleepwalked when he was in elementary school. All I know is that he grew out of it.

At 10:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sister slept-walk and my husbands youngest sister did. My mom had to install a keyed deadbolt because they would often find her outside. . .sometimes she would even lay down on the washer and sleep. Needless to say both have outgrown it and are normal now ;)

Avery has started waking up several times a night as well. It makes for a tired mom.

Hang in there and keep us posted.

At 11:00 AM, Blogger ChupieandJ'smama said...

We don't have any experience with sleep walking either. But this must be so scary for you. I bet you aren't sleeping either. I hope they can figure out what is causing this or I hope she just grows out of it.

At 10:39 AM, Blogger Blessed said...

My husbands best friend used to do a lot of sleepwalking - they had to install the keyed deadbolts to keep him in the house!

At 10:56 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

I forgot why you started taking Alysa to the OMT in the first place - what were her symptoms? Since you mentioned the early walking and not getting that curve at the top of the spine I'm now going to be worried about Lucas! He does still crawl, but he crusises everything and much prefers to be in a standing position, he cruises from one object to another, he likes to hang on to my legs as I'm walking around the kitchen...so should I be encouraging him to crawl more? Kayla gets down and crawls with him, she likes him to follow her to her room.

No advice on the sleepwalking though, it's interesting that she is all of a sudden getting up so many times a night now though. Hope you can get some answers soon.


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