Friday, November 18, 2011

Day Eight PB

Days seven to eight showed no improvement and contained no developments worth noting.  No progress seen in length of time from placement of subject in "bed" to onset of REM state.

Day Eight:

1:20 pm:  Subject fatigued from lack of nap on previous day coupled with extreme delay in onset of evening REM state.  Subject provided six ounces of organic whole milk.  Subject instructed to transport bed covering and small plush toy equine ("Aurora") to "bed." Subject complied.  Subject placed in "bed."  #1 remained with subject, alternating soothing with folk songs for span of fifteen minutes.

1:35 pm:  Subject asleep.  Considerable improvement.

Thank God.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Day Five PB

2:00 pm:  Typical naptime onset resumed.  Subject provided six ounces whole milk.  Subject attempted to negotiate cessation of naptime.  Subject repeated assertions of being, "not ready to be a big girl" as well as "not tired."  Attempt failed.  Subject placed in "bed" accompanied by #1.  #1 followed typical protocol of comfort by presence, soothing and random assortment of folk songs.  Subject resisted.  Following thirty minute period of increasing level of subject activity, #1 departed with instructions for subject to remain "in bed." Subject declined to follow instructions, instead removed to doorway to exhort #1 and #2 to "come snuggle."  #1 replaced subject in "bed" and remained.

3:00 pm:  Subject asleep.  Mild improvement.

9:15 pm:  Subject provided six ounces whole milk.  Subject placed in bed by #2.  #2 followed typical protocol.  Subject resisted onset of REM state by a combination of vigorous and sustained physical activity and recitation (extemporaneous) for a period of thirty minutes.  #2 departed with instructions for subject to stay in "bed." Subject resisted and removed to doorway to demand presence of #1.  #1 declined but followed with detailed instructions for subject to remain in "bed" until a set time when #1 would join subject. Subject complied.  #1 removed to "bed" to sing folk songs and "snuggle."  Subject restless.  #1 instructed subject to assume an appropriately prostrate position or suffer the removal of #1.  Subject complied, briefly.  Subject initiated extended recitation (extemporaneous) while attempting to insert one or more digits into nostrils of #1.  #1 reasserted instructions.  Subject non-compliant.  #1 departed with words of comfort.

10:45 pm:  Subject quiet, REM state unlikely.  Sounds of thumping in region of "bed."  No improvement.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Day Four (Part 2) PB

9:30 pm:  Subject's bedtime moved back by thirty minutes.  Subject fatigued and irritable, partly due to cleansing routine involving apparently undesirable attention to hair and partly due to subject's desire to remain unclothed indefinitely and the impossibility of acquiescence by #1 and #2 due to median air temperature.  Subject given six ounces whole milk.  #2 attempted to induce somnolence in subject by combination of presence, soothing and recitation of narrative (extemporaneous).  Subject unwilling, demanded presence of #1. #1 continued course of presence (in "bed"), soothing and subject's choice of folk song(s).  Subject surprisingly alert.  #1 ceased presence and soothing when subject commenced licking of #1's nasal region while repeating vigorous contact of subject's forehead to that of #1.  #1 removed to floor.  Subject demanded extensive narrative dictating possible contents of subconscious during REM state.  Subject stated list of "dream contents" "not good enough."  #1 provided expressions of affection and removed to lower level of lab.

11:00 pm:  Subject silent, possibly in REM state.  Improvement of thirty minutes from previous evening.

Days One through Three PB (Post-Binky)

Day One:

9:00 pm:  Subject given six ounces of whole organic milk as part of ritualized evening dairy consumption.  Subject placed on horizontal sleeping apparatus ("bed") and investigator #1("mother," heretofore known as #1) explained process of removal of soothing aid (heretofore known as "binky") from nighttime routine.  Subject vociferously objects, stating that, "she's not ready to be a big girl," despite assertions earlier in day of readiness.  #1 sings random selection of British and American folk songs in attempt to soothe subject.  Effort fails.  #1 calls in investigator #2 ("father," heretofore known as #2).  #2 repeats attempts of #1 while subject exhibits considerable distress, evidenced by increasingly vociferous lacrimatory expressions. #1 and #2 alternate periods of presence and soothing with periods of isolation.  Isolation coupled with verbal reassurances from a distance of ten feet.  Subject fatigued but unwilling to remain in "bed" until #1 occupies "bed" with her.

11:00 pm:  Subject asleep.

Day Two:

2:00 pm:  Subject given six ounces of organic milk.  #1 repeats description of experiment.  Subject again states unwillingness to participate.  #1, without the aid of #2, who is not present, attempts to soothe subject in similar manner to previous evening.  Attempts unsuccessful.  Subject escalates into pyrexia.  #1 provides subject with six ounces of water.  Subject refuses.  #1 remains with subject in "bed" with no periods of isolation.

3:30 pm:  Subject asleep.  Improvement over previous evening by thirty minutes.

Day Three:

9:00 pm:  #2 proceeds with experiment without presence of #1.  Anecdotal evidence suggests that subject exhibited similar behaviors to previous day.

10:30 pm:  #1 returns to lab and proceeds to provide subject with soothing interspersed with random folk song selections while occupying "bed" with subject.  Subject awake but tractable.

11:00 pm:  Subject asleep.  No improvement over previous evening.

Day Four:

1:00 pm:  Due to extreme delay of onset of sleep cycle of previous three evenings, subject extremely fatigued, irritable and intractable.  Attempts to induce daytime sleep cycle moved up one hour.  Subject given six ounces of organic milk.  #1 and #2 attempt by role play to introduce to subject replacement of dependency on "binky" with plush, irregularly shaped toy bearing initial of subject that subject can utilize when experiencing emotional distress.  Attempt seemingly successful.  Subject placed in "bed".  Replacement toy rejected and hurled across lab with considerable force, indicating unwillingness to transfer dependance.  #1 repeats folk songs and remains with subject in "bed."

1:45 pm:  Subject asleep.  Considerable improvement over previous evening.

Experiment ongoing.