My DS is really a sweet good boy, but man, he's a handful too sometimes. He really plays the power struggles with DH and I and we do all we can to try not to engage. DH was out of town this past week, we are all still catching up on sleep, but honestly...its like he takes advantage of every moment our family is not in top form to 1. keep his 4mo sister from sleeping 2. Destroying something in the house 3. Not listening.
I recently read "Sleepless in America" and realized that my DS who hadn't napped since about 20 months, desperately needed some sleep. So we turned off the TV (my crutch since having the new baby) and reintroduced a more solid routine and quiet time. We've been doing this for about 6 weeks now. Quiet time, at first, involved changing everyone's diapers, dimming the lights in his room, reading a book and then turning off the lights to rest. After a few days of him trying to climb over me to annoy his sleeping sister, I started gently restraining him with my legs. He then, once his body was stopped, would fall asleep in just a couple of minutes.
So I was restraining him and that was working and finally last week, he actually started rolling over after the story and falling asleep on his own! I was so happy!
But the past 2 days have been a joke. Today, his sister was exhausted (honestly, HOW do the second children have any chance at good sleep?!) and I was trying to nurse her down after the story(that didn't really happen as he kept pulling the book away from me) and he started climbing all over us. I didn't want to restrain him again, it just doesn't feel right. So I said calmly, "Your sister and I really need some quiet time, so I'll give you 2 minutes to settle down and if you can't, we will need to go in the other room to get it). Well, he obviously didn't settle and I couldn't keep him in his room and I'm really angry, so he's locked in there. Baby is sleeping and I'm just shaking my head.
Help me! I am normally a super chill mom. As I said, he is a great kid, but I can't get him to listen to me for the life of me lately.