Yup they sure do! I can think of a 1000 different things I would rather do then put my 2 and 3 year old to sleep. They don’t listen, they constantly get out of bed, they talk non stop I’m pretty sure I say lay down and be quiet at least 20 times in the span of 45 minutes.
Bedtime for the girls can last anywhere from 30 minutes to almost 2 hours. How I don’t end up taping them to the bed is beyond me.
It’s funny cause I posted it on Facebook not to long ago about my bedtime issues and someone said that if I am just consistent that it should only last a couple days… I kindly informed her that it has been going on like this for months and months.
We have a routine for bedtime during that bedtime routine they get to watch a show or two of tv, which can be anywhere from 15 minutes to a half hour and when one person found out we let them watch tv they said that letting them watch tv before bed can actually stimulate them…. That was coming from a person who sings to her kids until they fall asleep….
Funny thing is I tried the no tv thing for a bit and it didn’t change the actual bedtime issue, it just brought the stalling and arguing and crying up by 30 minutes, which by the way made everyone 10 times more frustrated. So the tv came back on and for at least 30 minutes there is peace.
That is until I do the unthinkable and turn the tv off and make them lay down. All of the sudden they don’t have all their stuffed animals or their sippy cups aren’t the right temperature, they didn’t get enough hugs and kisses and everyone has to go pee even though when they sit on the potty nothing happens. Another great stall tactic because I have a hard time telling them no they don’t need to use the bathroom because what if they really need to go and I am denying them of that, I hate going to bed feeling like I need to pee. So I cave on that. Makes me mad.
I’m not exactly sure how I am going to be able to spend 1 – 2 hours a night making sure they go to bed when I have a newborn to deal with. Here is just hoping that my lovely husband doesn’t get to many night shifts after the baby is born….
The odd thing is the girls will be talking and fighting sleep and arguing with me until that moment when it gets really quiet. That moment is when they have fallen asleep. There is no middle ground. It literally goes from them talking and trying to not go to sleep to all of a sudden they have passed out.
It’s crazy but that silence and listening to them breath just takes 90% of the frustration away. It’s a peaceful sound listening to your kids breath at night. It takes a long time to get to that part but when it happens it’s like for the moments that I sit in their room after they fall asleep nothing else matters. Not the arguing or the talking back or the not listening. All that matters is that they are there.
Still doesn’t mean that bedtimes get any easier…. Cause I hate bedtimes. They are the worst of all the times. Even worse then midnight feeds from a one year old….
Just need to wait a couple years and hopefully it won’t be so bad. Hopefully…..