So, I am grateful for all of the advice I have been given about our bedtime struggles. I am at the point of trying just about anything! So, yesterday I took my cousin’s advice, and left out the nap. Since the 2 year old had pushed bedtime all the way to 11:30 p.m. the night before, this was not an easy task. By late afternoon there were tears about every 15 minutes. But, we made it.
I declared bedtime at 7:00 (an hour before normal). After our regular routine of books, prayer, etc., I left his room preparing for the worst. I stood outside his door for just a moment. He did immediately get out of bed, turned on his light, and began playing. He wasn’t coming out of the room though, so I decided to give it a few minutes. He never came out!!! By 7:20, he was asleep. He did not get out of bed until 8:15 this morning!!! Halleluia!
So, I attempting it again today. I am by no means thrilled about this solution. How I am going to get through every day with the 3 kids and no down time deeply worries me. For today, however, I just feel elated to have had a few peaceful hours with my husband last night, and a decent night sleep (as decent as can be expected with an infant anyway). ) We are going to the zoo to celebrate!