For the past 13 nights, a battle has raged in our home.
The sleeping battle.
Me, exhausted and haggard, vs. a 21 month old, willful, determined toddler.
Guess who wins.
Last night I thought I'd try a new bedtime routine. Similar to what we had, but come 9:30pm, I shut all the lights off, all the TVs and had NO noise WHAT-SO-EVER.
I thought maybe Roo would get sleepy, roll around for a bit and doze off to a peaceful sleep. I even set the alarm for 8am, thinking she'd get up early.
She did the same exact thing she normally does. Giggles, laughs, rolls around, kicks the wall, etc. The lights and TV being totally out did NOTHING for this child.
She finally went to sleep at 11:00, like every day for the past 13 nights.
And that 8am wake-up call, I was so exhausted I snooze until 8:40am (so much for getting Roo up early).
The thing is, I can't take the 11:00pm bedtime. It makes me grumpy to have a child that stays up that late!! I miss my 10:00pm bedtime b/c then at least I got some time to hang out with my hubby, read, whatever. When Roo goes to bed at 11:00 (and sometimes even later!) I'm so tired I can barely roll over to take my glasses off!
Egh... I've always been a student of the theory that child will do what they're supposed to do when they're ready... should I just accept this? Adjust our schedules? Give in to the fact that my night owl child, who has healthy 2-3 hour naps everyday, wants to stay up so late?
I need a nap.
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