OMG We have been having some MAJOR bedtime issues at Casa de Crazy lately! Going to Disney and sleeping with the minis made it bad and after my visit to my mom's its even worse (I didn't think that could be possible, BUT yeah it totally is!)
Anthony is fine, hops in bed, snuggles in, and is OUT... Like always. Madison? Bedtime is a HUGE battle! She screams, she cries, she throws things, she slams the door, she freaks the heck out! All she wants is to sleep in my room...
First, let me start by saying I am not completely cold hearted... She has her lights ON, her door OPEN, and her radio ON. I let her pick books to read and I have even told her she can play with her dollhouse if she isn't tired... (She IS tired, exhausted really, she is just "scared and lonely"...) Nothing works. NOTHING! Each night we have more of the screaming, crying, and full on craziness, BUT I won't give in... She is NOT sleeping in MY bed!
Co-sleeping works great for tons of peeps, just not for me... I like my bed and I like it uncrowded. Its not like this is a new thing. She has slept in her room by herself for 3 and a half years! Now don't get me wrong, if you wake up from a nightmare, come on in and snuggle up, but absolutely NO WAY are you starting your night in my bed....
I have ignored her, I have yelled at her, I have indulged all of her one mores, I have started a sticker chart, I have reasoned with her, I have been nice, I have been stern... NOTHING seems to work!
She's fine during stories, she's fine when I tuck her in, she's fine while she reads the couple of books she brought to bed with her, and THEN all HELL breaks loose! I am at a loss... What do I do? I hate sending her to bed so upset. I hate that Anthony has to fall asleep listening to all the commotion. I hate being mean, but I fear if I let her come to my bed, she'll never leave. She used to go to bed fine, but the past few months have been terrible... So for all you experienced peeps out there, hook a mama up! What's a girl to do when bedtime goes awry?!? HELP!