Monday, February 26, 2007

I think the Sleep Fairy has finally arrived

Yet another afternoon with no nap, only today she was content to stay in her room and play quietly for an hour and a half. She didn't even destroy the (clean) room too much ... so I can't really complain.

Bedtimes, however, have been a bit on the longish side the last couple of weeks. Liza's turned into one of those "one more book, one more drink" kind of kids, especially when she's super tired because, I don't know, SHE HASN'T NAPPED IN A WEEK. Jason's been doing the brunt of the bedtime stuff so that I can keep cleaning and organizing, and it just keeps getting longer and longer. The other night she started saying "potty! potty!" when I told her it was time to go to sleep, so I put her on the potty, and darned if she didn't pee. Treats were handed out, she was shuffled back off to bed, and I was again told "potty!" Now, she's been known to pee twice in five minutes, especially if one of those times involves a wool rug, but since she's done this several nights in a row, I'm pretty sure she's stalling. Potty visit #2 never gets any results, other than she gets to stay up a few minutes later. Which is what she wants, anyway. Sigh.

So far the new tactic for reining in the book reading seems to be working. I suggested to Jason last night that he set a timer for 15 minutes and tell her that when the timer goes off, he's leaving and saying goodnight. Apparently that went off without a hitch, and it worked tonight, too. She spent half of the 15 minutes wanting me to turn the light on and off at her command, which was fine with me ... better than reading the bowlderized board book version of a Winnie-the-Pooh book for the 400th time this week.

Of course, now that I've said the timer thing works, the chances it will ever work again are minimal. But at least we've gotten her to bed around 8 two nights this month.

Gotta go scrub more surfaces in my home. Gonna be a long week ...


Anonymous said...

Oh, the joys of bedtime reading - it was mostly me who fell asleep. More often than not, the kid slept too, when I came to .... Love the idea of the timer though. K's mom

Anonymous said...

Gretchen, you have the wrong end of this arrangement! I would much rather read bedtime stories than to scrub.

Karl said...

How do you bowdlerize Winnie the Pooh?