my nearly three year old boy has suddenly become much more challenging to put to bed. he's never been a great sleeper, but not totally terrible either- about average, I'm guessing. We did away with naps over the summer. We were actually in a great groove for a while: We'd do the bedtime routine, I'd get him some chamomile tea if needed, I'd lay down with him for about five minutes rubbing his back, then get up and say goodnight, and leave. He'd then fall asleep on his own within minutes.
I DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED!!
Now, it's a fight the whole way through. I really do dread bedtime. When I work nights (here and there), he goes to sleep great for my DH, but NOT when my son knows that I'm home. :| As I type this, I can hear him trolling around in the bedroom. It's currently 8:04, and we started the bedtime routine over an hour ago. Sigh. He's so tired; almost napped earlier. He's so, so, so tired.
When I'm super desperate I'll take him for a car ride and he'll conk right out, but I don't want to get into that habit.
Oh, and when I stay laying down with him? He acts like he wants to cuddle, then just starts being naughty and smiling at me, daring me to say anything LOL. We do co-sleep btw.
I'm tired of ending (usually) great days on a shitty note. It leaves EVERYONE feeling stressed out, and makes it so DH and I can't really relax and enjoy our evenings. Then my kid is tired and cranky the next day. Such a vicious cycle.
Advice? Commiseration? Ideas/Thoughts in general? I'd LOVE to hear 'em!