So, Smooch has been resisting sleeping all night in her crate lately. She wakes up in the middle of the night wanting a potty break and runs to her special chair vs going back to her crate. At first we felt like this was related to yet another UTI (she was also having accidents in her crate). But after some antibiotics, she was still wanting to leave her crate in the middle of the night. We tried the ferberizing dog method – melatonin and me sleeping next to her when she wanted out of crate (think successive approximation), but this was disrupting OUR sleep. Reluctantly I decided to let her sleep for part of the night outside of her crate. Isn’t she so cute while she is sleeping?
Fast forward to Thursday morning. I woke up to a noise that sounded like Aidan sawing on something in his room. After a check in, I realized the noise was not from him.
When I came downstairs, my only response was …..”oh fuuuuudge.” She was in the process of chewing a hole in the wall next to the fireplace. Sadly, this is not the first time this has happened. Check out repair #1. I call it the family tree. Rahul says if we keep letting Smooch sleep unsupervised, our living room is going to look like Jack and the Beanstalk. Sigh.
Smooch is a lucky lady because the motto in our house is “once in the family, always in the family.” Parenting a 100lb toddler who is smart and stubborn is not for the faint of heart.