Join Date: Aug 2002
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DD goes to bed about 9. Actually it seems late to me but she is not really tired earlier. I start the bedtime ritual when she seems tired but still end up lying in bed with her for a while. Last night she did not want to relax and I got fed up because of course I had a ton of things to get done. I told her lie still and go to sleep. Well, it was 9 so she did. Haha.
On the upside, I get to spend some time with her, she sleeps through the night, and if we go out and take her she is not cranky. She just doesn't seem to need as much sleep and the fact that it doesn't coincide with the sleep books out there used to drive me nuts. But kids are just different. Thing is, I don't get that much time with her either because I have to do all the things I would do while she is sleeping while she is up and she needs to entertain herself because DH is in school at night. Still, she is good at playing by herself as long as she has had a half hour of my undivided attention.
She used to sleep earlier and I felt the same way, but I would still spend extra time with her because she would get up and up a lot at 9 and 11 and once more in the middle of the night. She still does sometimes, but not everynight. We tired earlier bedtime because of the sleep books, and she would get up at 11 and want to play.
So kids are all different and we have to let go of our expectations and go with the flow. Sound simple but it is hard to do.