The statement running around our house these days is "one step forward, twenty steps back." Bedtime is not becoming any easier. The girls started in with their delay tactics a few months ago. If I ever need any proof that two year olds are intelligent, I have it. It sometime starts before we even make it into their bedroom. "Wa-ta. Wa-ta." We've fallen into the habit of giving them sippie cups of water in their crib. I know, something we will regret come potty training time. For now, I don't mind as there are days when they don't drink all that much.
Their other tactics include telling us that they have pooped (and sometimes Anna has), that they want a hug or they'll chug their water and then want more. Or sometimes they only drink a few sips of water but have to have more. We "fake fill" quite frequently. "Sure. I'll get you more water." I'll step into the hall, wait a few seconds and then return with the same amount of water. They usually don't know the difference.
They also keep trying to convince me to sleep on their floor. And I don't want to get into that habit. I explained to them that I have a bad back and need to sleep in the big bed in my room. Yeah, they really understood that.
Their bedtime routine includes three stories with Mommy, Daddy (and sometimes Grammy) on the loveseat in Mommy and Daddy's room. We then bring them to their cribs and spend at least five minutes talking and giving hugs, etc. Then we leave and they cry it out (or they chat, on a good day.) When the crying becomes out of control, we check to see what the issue is. I usually send Rich up to check on them because they don't freak out as much when he leaves.
Rich ended up in their room last night until they fell asleep. I think, unfortunately, that more often than not Allie just wants to sleep and the other two are disturbing her. Last night, Em fell asleep first but Anna kept making noise. Rich was in there so I didn't hear her but Rich tells me that Allie told Anna to go to sleep.
Tonight I ran on the treadmill in the basement after we "tucked" the girls in for the night. After my run, I rummaged through some bins of my clothes that no longer fit looking for something, anything, that might possibly fit. Allie was still crying when I returned to the main part of the house. So much so that Rich gave them all Tylenol. And then Rich had to return to their room again. Allie and Anna wanted more water. They actually quieted down and fell asleep without him bringing the sippie cups back to them.
They've been gnawing on their fingers for what seems like months now. I purposely watched Anna tonight during storytime and she was chewing back where those two year molars are. I'm convinced that this is the issue.
Can any of you with children over the age of two tell me that this will resolve itself? They are just miserable at bedtime and they are not sleeping nearly as much as they should. They wake up grumpy and crying and have "moments" through out the day. Please tell me this will change. Soon!