Bed time has always been an issue with JD. He will want me to lay next to him in bed until he falls asleep (which I do sometimes even though I shouldn’t), he will periodically come downstairs hopping or shuffling his feet, hang out at the top of the stairs or just go into our bathroom in the bedroom and play with band-aids. The last one is recent. He will also come into our room in the middle of the night a few times a week, and last night I pulled him in but saw that it was about 1:30 a.m. and decided to put him back in his room. He usually complains but not tonight he fell back asleep pretty much instantly.
I get up for work around 5:30 a.m. each day and I saw that his room was closed so I figured he was still asleep, but then I heard a laugh downstairs and he was playing his new video game Little Big Planet 2. I asked him how long he was playing and he would not answer, so when I asked him how many levels he had played he said three. Likely he was up since 5 a.m.
JD got the game after he earned a certain amount of tokens to go toward stickers when he behaved well. He just got the game on Monday and actually two nights ago — after another struggle of JD not wanting to sleep — around 1030 p.m. or so I happened to be watching television upstairs and realized that I forgot the cable for my phone and caught him switching out a movie from the Playstation 3 and putting in Little Big Planet 2.
We have allowed him to play the Playstation without us because when he turns on the Playstation it turns on the television and goes right to the game without him having to change the tv to the right channel. However, he would usually wake up around 7 a.m. and we were fine with that. This morning I told him that he needed to ask to play in the morning and not just walk downstairs and play, but he likely did not get it since he was engrossed in the game.
Looks like from here on out we will keep the games in our room or out of reach so he has to ask to get them in the morning. I guess the positive of this is that Magpie was laying next to him on the floor.