Photo: The calm before the storm

(Bedtime is still, shall we say, not the most pleasant experience around here. Posting is going be spotty until I get some semblance of free time back in the evenings. In the meantime, I’ll just be over here, hooked up to this RedBull I.V., plotting my next Strategic Bedtime Maneuver. Advice is welcomed. As is babysitting. And alcohol.)

5 comments

1 Morgan { 12.08.10 at 1:11 pm }

There is something in the water in these parts! S has given up sleeping as well. Maybe we can get together and throw all the kids in a rubber room until they all wear each other out? Praying for sleep for all of us!

2 Rebekah C. { 12.08.10 at 2:46 pm }

So glad to have found your blog (through a mutal friend). So not-glad for your betime woes. We have two girls spaced two years apart, and I am already trying to craft out some kind of yearlong-transition-plan that will get Leah nightweaned, going to sleep on her own, out of our bed, into the same bedroom as and then sharing a bed with her older sister Naomi. HA! Anyway, I’ve read back through some of your posts and love your writing! Totally resonates with where I’m at and what I’m often thinking. And anyone who has a link to A Little Pregnant on their blog must be good company!

3 ginnymom { 12.08.10 at 10:18 pm }

There was a woman in our mom’s group in Oak Ridge way back when. This gal told us her two children went to bed at 8 every night with no questions asked and no problems. The rest of us were astonished. She sighed and explained: “I have told them that after 8:00 I become dangerous.”

4 Lynn Peek { 12.09.10 at 10:24 am }

You may want to check out Llama Llama books by Anna Dewdney. Llama Llama Red Pajama is bedtime. Valerie says it’s great, but I haven’t read it. Abby is getting it for Christmas. Llama Llama Misses Mama is about separation anxiety. Neither of us has read it, but we’re going to buy it to put away for the appropriate time. Llama Llama Holiday Drama is holiday overstimulation. We all love it. Llama Llama Mad At Mama is not geared toward your current situation, but is a precious book about shopping frustration. We recommend Llama Llama! Even Camron loves the illustrations.

5 Dorothy { 12.10.10 at 1:31 pm }

We are still fighting the bedtime battle with Taylor. It comes and goes. I can’t imagine the sharing a room situation.

But here is what has been effective for her: a sticker chart. There is a sticker chart on her door – she thinks stickers are really groovey. She gets a sticker for waking up in the morning with dry panties, for staying in her bed in the morning until her GoodNite Light comes on, and for staying in her bed at night.

This worked wonderfully for a while. Then she decided she did not so much care for the sticker for bedtime (I think the fact that she didn’t get it until morning caused a disconnect). So I started taking off stickers that she previously earned every time she got out of bed. This works great.

She gets a prize when she collects 10 stickers. Her prize is usually a 5-pack of pez…she is very easily (and cheaply) bribed. She does a little dance of excitement whenever she gets 10. It’s really funny.

Taylor and Rosie are like soul sisters – and not in good ways.

Good Luck.

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