Yes, “Say night to milk” is a new common occurrence in our home. As I’m sure many mothers of young children experience, there are numerous delays in the bedtime process. Whether you have a routine or not, some kiddos are very independent and head strong and frankly don’t care that they are supposed to be sleeping.
My little monster has been needy, clingy and extra stubborn lately. We have always had issues with nap time. Now bedtime is being delayed longer and longer, with more requests for silly things. We say our prayers or “amens” as we call them every night. We turn on her music. Put on jammies. Either my husband or I will rock her for a few minutes. Sometimes we do a story. Usually she gets both mommy and daddy to tuck her in.
We put a gate up in her doorway. If we didn’t do this, I’m fearful that bedtime would take 5 times as long. I’m actually pretty certain it would take that much longer. Sometimes, we hit the jackpot and she will stay in her bed the first time we put her there. Our bedtime struggles don’t matter if she is beyond exhausted or not.
Now she asks every night for “daddy kisses,” “mommy kisses.” Then she wants us to kiss her baby doll. Kiss her “Ellie” (her elephant blankie that is her favorite). We have to kiss whatever stuffed creature is in her bed. Kiss her tootsie feets. Kiss her arms. And now…..kiss her cup of milk. If we won’t there is a meltdown. Silliest thing ever.
She is a pistol. Constantly all over the place, all day long. Goodness is she cute. She is so sweet. She refers to herself as “baby.” I treasure these moments, most of the time. I admit, sometimes there is an eye roll when asked to kiss her milk, usually followed by a giggle. My silly, sweet girl is precious. She knows how to delay bedtime and has my husband and I both wrapped around her little finger.
I may have said this before, but I will follow through; once she is old enough to enjoy sleeping in I won’t let her. I will jump on her bed. Climb in and force cuddles. I will poke at her eyes, nose and mouth. I will ask her to play at ridiculously early hours of the morning. It will happen! My husband agrees. I think it’s only fair!
While I enjoy spending tons of time with my little girl. I prefer to be near a well-rested tiny human. Tiny humans aren’t fun to be around when they are sleepy. If you disagree, I’ll let you hang out with my toddler for 20 minutes when she is refusing to sleep. You will give her back, I promise you that. I want my kid to sleep. I want to sleep. I just want to sleep!