“I’m not sleepy” – My Little Sleep Refuser

Over the last few weeks, Himself and I have become yoyo parents at bedtime. We yoyo between bedrooms reading stories and dispensing cuddles along with other fun phrases such as:

“Can you get ready for bed please”
“Where are your pyjamas?”
“Toilet then teeth”
“WHERE are your pyjamas?”
“Stop bouncing on your bed and put your pyjamas on”
“Have you brushed your teeth?”
“We’ve been doing this for 10 minutes and you still haven’t brushed your teeth.”
“Yes you do need to go to the toilet or mummy will be very unhappy when you wake her in the middle of the night.”

Finally, we get the little moons into bed and then we say goodnight…

… well we say good night to Bebe and usually don’t see her again until gone 6.30 am. Lala on the other hand is a different story. She used to go to bed relatively calmly and stay in her room but now, “I’m not sleepy”. I have lost track of the number of times I have told her, “you don’t have to go to sleep, you just have to stay in your room.” This message has yet to sink in.

Last night we took it in turns to carry Lala back upstairs and put her to bed about 12 times. After that I admit I took a slightly cowardly way out and just kept repeating, “Lala go to bed”, and then repeating every 20 seconds until she took the hint and went to her room on her own. It took about 20 minutes.

I probably didn’t handle it right but I’m exhausted at the moment being ill on top of a full day’s work. Himself is the same. There’s something very frustrating when one of your children breaks a routine you’ve had for ages and defies you. She’s not wailing about bedtime like children on “Super Nanny” or “The 3 Day Nanny”, no she sees it as a game. The little minx comes down stairs and then giggles as you take her back up. Your frustration rises and she’s just giggling.

So at the end of a long day, relaxing is a little hard at the moment. I have my fingers crossed that she’ll grow bored of it in a few weeks because, although I’m getting the steps in on my FitBit, I’d rather be lounging on the sofa.

Let me know about your little sleep refusers.

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