2 hours of sleep

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This morning was particularly rough for me personally. Elliott was up until almost 4 am and shortly after falling asleep, he woke up screaming because he must have bitten his the inside of his cheek.

He was really upset and in pain but I couldn’t figure out what was going on until we were up for the day. Elliott wasn’t able to tell me what had happened because he wasn’t fully awake.

He did go back to sleep but when the alarm went off to get the day started, we had only had about 2 hours of sleep.

The boys did get off to school without much issue but I’m going to have to take a nap..

Rob Gorski

Full time, work from home single Dad to my 3 amazing boys. Oh...and creator fo this blog. :-)
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Kim Gebhardt

Sorry to flood this post with replies, but I did a quick search for Canton library events, and while I don’t know which ones are close to you and which aren’t, I saw that they have a Lego club, they are hosting a birds of prey night (with live birds!) and they have Minecraft Mondays. It sounds like there are some really fun things happening in libraries these days.

Kim Gebhardt

I have to wonder if it’s not counter-productive to let him nap. I’m not sure what their bedtime is, but would it be better to try to keep him awake until then and then hope he sleeps through the night? Also, have you tried having them read books at night? Not on their tablet, but actual physical books. It takes away the screen issue and I know that if I’m tired, I can only read for a little while before I fall asleep. The other plus to that is that you could take them to the library to pick out their weekly bedtime books. I know I’m aging myself, but I always LOVED getting to pick out new library books. The boys might enjoy it too and it would get everyone out of the house and decrease screen time.

Just an idea.

Jimmy Rock

Definitely in the minority but my kids love going to the library and picking out new books. I agree with Kim on all her points above. Rob, if your local public library is at all decent (or even if you have to go a little further to get to a decent one), it really is an untapped resource for you in a multitude of ways.



Sometimes Kim has some really, really awesome ideas. 😉

Kim and I don’t always agree but she often has some really good ideas and I do appreciate them.. 🙂


It can be counterproductive, you’re right. Sometimes, though, if he’s so tired that it’s meltdown city, a nap is a necessary evil, but we like to keep sleep to bedtime. As for the library, we’ve been known to participate in things like that as well.

We could do that more often, though.

Kim Gebhardt

It’s nice to hear that kids still love to read and still love books!

As an aside, I have to post new posts instead of replies because I consistently get an ‘invalid captcha code’ error if I try to reply to someone.


In fact, Elliott got a series of books called The 39 Clues for Christmas. He’s been reading them, at school but only had the first volume in the classroom. He also came home from school yesterday all excited because he just finished reading the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He’s looking for the sequel. 🙂

As for the reply errors, I’m not seeing them on my end but perhaps try registering for the site and not commenting as a guest. I think when you do it that way, there’s no captcha. I’ll look at it right now though because you’re not the first person to tell me that.

Kim Gebhardt

I think it’s great that he loves to read. Has he ever read the Harry Potter books? If he likes series with recurring characters, they might be a good choice for him.


Lizze was obsessed with Harry Potter and we should have the whole collection, cause I bought it for her a long time ago. I do know we have it in ebook form so he could read it on his tablet but he likes to read in free time at school and electronics are no longer aloud… ☺


Please let know if the captcha is working now..


I have a question..if Elliott only got 2 hours of sleep, does he nap when he comes home? Does he go on little sleep for a few days and then crash?

It struck me as curious that you needed a nap (which, not judging), but they could go to school.


It depends. Sometimes he will and other times he won’t. The best chance of him napping is to let him play his tablet and if he’s tired, he’ll put it away and lay down. Elliott’s reached the age where he’s appreciating sleep.