Do they stall at bedtime? Do they find anything, and everything, to keep you from getting their little hiney's into the bed?
If so, you are not alone.
DD has always been so good at going to bed when I tell her it is time to go nite-nite. Heck, sometimes she would even tell me it was time for nite-nite. I used to brag at how easy it was for me to get her to bed. Someone should have slapped me, bacause now it takes a nightly miracle to get her willingly into bed. Something has possessed my sweet child and has taken over!
Several months ago it was as simple as wanting a cup. DD has never went to bed with a bottle/cup but I could accomodate her. She gets thirtsy...fine. She then progressed to waking up in the middle of the night for her cup. While it makes Mommy here crazy ok. (That is a whole other blog topic in itself). Then it was after her book, she had to kiss the kitty and her rocking horse. Ok, it's mildly entertaining and only takes a few minutes.
Now bedtime consists of:
- Eating 2.5 crackers
- Reading 2 books
- Saying nite nite and kissing the cat, rocking horse, and any other object she feels is important that evening.
- Turning on the light to make sure that cat (that she just kissed in the living room) is not lurking under the bed
- Saying prayers, getting hugs and kisses, hi-fives and smoochy faces to Mommy.
- Wanting to read another book.
- Wanting to read same book in the dark.
- Wanting a drink from cup on night stand.
- More kisses and hi-fives
It takes me at least 20 minutes to get her in the bed and settled enough that I can get a shower and go to bed myself. If I skip any of the above, it ends in her screaming. The end result is she is freaking out and DS is now awake too. I know I need to put my foot down and just make her got to bed without all the hoopla. I am a sucker and she knows it.
Any ideas or suggestions? What has your toddler been doing/done that drives you running straight for the looney bin?
Can I please have my sweet, sleep-loving little girl back please?