Melatonin--what a joke! It has no effect on her. None. It was a nightmare.
I was cleaning out the garage, and found 2 baby gates. These are the really tall ones, so I thought that they would be perfect.
The first night, feeling all proud of myself, I put one gate up. I made it high enough where she couldn't go underneath it, but it would still keep her contained.
*****Disclaimer****** Abs knows full well that she can kick down these gates in an emergency and escape, so don't give me any grief about that people. On the bright side, if she kicks them down, I will hear it and rush to her room to bust her before she gets downstairs.
Okay, back to the first night--SHE SLEPT!!! Of course since she had been up over 24 hours, I wasn't surprised, she was exhausted.
The second night (Tuesday), I put the gate back up like the first night, and she escaped. I didn't hear her, but I did hear the tv at 2 am. I chased her back to bed, then spent the next few hours chasing her back to bed again and again and again.
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The third night, I was not going to be a fool, so I put up TWO gates, one on top of another. At 2 am I heard Abs open the door and she called out for me because she had to potty. No problem, I opened the gates, let her potty, and then put the gates back up. I went back to bed. I slept.
This morning I woke up and was patting myself on the back again about getting some sleep, and I went to get the kids up and I noticed that Abs had left her door open, but the 6 foot high gates were still in tact. Score one for ABW.
I mean, look how tall that is! There was about 6" of clearance at the top. I would be able to hear it if she kicked it down. She could call for me and I am such a light sleeper, that I could let her out if she needed to potty.
I found a solution.
I peeked inside to wake up my beautiful 9 year old well rested daughter.
I didn't see her.
I opened the top gate. Opened the bottom gate. She was nowhere to be seen.
I looked in the closet, under the bed, in all the covers on her bed. Nothing.
The little imp CLIMBED over SIX FEET of gates and escaped. She was sitting downstairs watching tv in her bucket of beans.
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