I implemented Kaylee's new bedtime last night. It went well. In the sense that I put her in the bath at 8. After that, not so much. She cried for 10 minutes while I folded laundry. Yes, I did try to comfort her, but she got all violent. Then she stopped mid-cry to play her favorite app with Daddy on his iPod. So I finished the laundry and we all got in bed and it was 8:30. Right on track. Then she wanted to nurse. I realized I forgot to brush her teeth and hoped she didn't fall asleep nursing. I had nothing to fear! She finished nursing and wanted to get up and watch TV. I said no. She wanted to play on the iPod. I said no. She wanted her cup of milk so I gave it to her and she drank it. She wanted a sandwich so we got back up and got one, even though I spent the last hour before bedtime trying everything to get her to eat something. Then she wanted juice and drank a whole cup of that even though she had constant access to juice all day long. Then I brushed her teeth and she said she was thirsty and I gave her water and she drank all of that too. Then she wanted a story. I read her 2 books. Then I turned out the light and told her Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and The Three Bears. Then I sang her a lullaby but that didn't go so well because she sang along extremely loudly. Then she wanted me to sing 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall like we do in the car. She sang along really loudly to that and wouldn't even lay down. I put my foot down and said I was going to sleep and decided not to respond to her in any way. She decided to cuddle up to me and say I Love You over and over. Of course, I had to reply to that. So we said variations of that for like 10 minutes. I love you, I love you too, I love you more, I love you a lot, I love you more than ice cream... You get the drift. It was so cute, I couldn't be mad, but at this point it's like 9:30. I drifted off to sleep and woke up a few minutes later. She was sitting up, talking to herself. Then she started doing somersaults. Her feet hit me in the mouth a few times and I decided to insist she lay down. I pat her back for a while and she talked animatedly about Grover and some other things. I drifted back to sleep and woke up at like 10ish and she was still awake but she was laying down and her chatting was quiet. I think we both fell asleep for the night shortly after that. I'm glad I decided to have her sleep with us while changing her bedtime because there is no way I would have lasted until she fell asleep in her own bed. And no, I can't leave her there to fall asleep by herself. She will get up and play with her toys for hours and hours.
Basically, bedtime at 8:30 turned into the regular bedtime at 10:30 but with 2 hours of settling down instead of a half an hour of it. Oh well, I shall not give up! It should be easier tonight because we woke up at freaking 5 something AM. I have no idea why. What happened was Kaylee was pushing me off the side of the bed and I sat up and was going to move her to her own bed but I was too lazy so I laid down on the other side of her, in between her and Steven. Steven and she. Whatever. And she woke up and squawked something unintelligible as I laid down. Then I realized she was saying, "NO, I WANT TO SLEEP NEXT TO DADDY." Her mommy-is-getting-close-to-daddy-and-that's-MY-job sensors were fully activated, even in sleep. So I said ok and we laid back and everything was quiet but then I sneezed. And she sat up and told me she was going into the living room to play with her toy swan. And that was that. 5am might not seem like that early to you but we usually wake up at 9. And I usually wake up first! So that was weird, and by weird I mean it sucks. But looking at the bright side, she'll probably have an early nap and bedtime, right? Here's hoping.
She's starting school October 3rd so hopefully I'll have her on an earlier schedule by then. I don't want her to be cranky in school. I really want it to be a good experience!! I want her to be one of those kids that loves school, unlike me growing up... I won't get into it but let's just say I was the complete opposite!