Shortly after Oldest turned two, she figured out how to get out of her crib. We made the transition to her toddler bed shortly after. Sleep has been a struggle with her ever since. Naps became difficult. Even though she was clearly tired, it took 1 to 1.5+ hours to get her to nap and then just as long to get her to sleep at night. She was going to sleep as late as 9:00 pm for bed because it took her so long to get to sleep for her naps. And she was waking up late in the morning for school because of her late bedtime.
When youngest was born, I did not have the time to fight her. So, I just dropped her nap.
I really miss nap time We decided to implement “rest time” in which she could watch a movie in the afternoon. But, she is still a mess by 5:00 in the afternoon because she is so tired. Evenings are a struggle with two fussy kids. Since my husband is working long hours after their bedtime, I feel like a crazy single mama trying to manage dinner, bath time and bedtime by myself
All I have to say is I really admire all single moms. I don’t know how you managed to keep it all together.
Since her bedtime is so early, she is up at 6ish am and is full speed ahead until 7 pm at night. I love my break time while she watches a show but I feel slightly guilty putting her in front of the tv. But, it is the only way I know to get a very tired child to sit still and rest.
If there are any mamas reading this blog who have any advice on how to handle this transition, I would love your input. I don’t so much mind not having the downtime of a nap during the day. But, the inevitable meltdown every afternoon/evening from her being so tired is really wearing my down. I have tried everything short of pinning her down in her bed to get her to rest. I’ll lay down next to her, get her a nice cup of milk, let her read her stories with her flashlight but nothing seems to work and since I can’t physically make her sleep, this transition has been tough on all of us.
I realize this is a small problem in the midst of the grand scheme of life. But, I just hate to see my little girl so miserable and tired because she refuses to calm down and rest. Yes, she is truly one of those strong willed children and she has difficult calming her self down. She is always a flurry of thoughts and creativity. I know someday she will do something wonderful with all this passion and energy but it is wearing this mama out!