So for the past two days, for the first time ever, DD has been on a reasonable sleep schedule.
If you've read any of my other posts about sleep, then you can appreciate how wonderful this is.
Anyway, she fell asleep at 9:30 last night and tonight, after having a nap, which is previously unheard of for her (used to be 11 pm unless she didn't nap). Now I want to tweak the evenings so everyone in our family can actually ENJOY them for a change.
Right now we eat dinner at 6:30 and then DD has a bath. When she gets out of the bath, she wants to put on pjs and go to bed. Trouble is that she isn't necessarily ready for bed yet. Tonight, for example, she went upstairs for "bed" at 7:45 but didn't fall asleep until 9:30. Which meant that after I brushed her teeth and read her a story, I was lying in bed nursing her for an hour and a half. Better than the three or more hours I used to spend doing that, but still not my idea of a relaxing evening.
So what I'd like to do is figure out some activities she can do between bath and bedtime. No tv and nothing that will energize her. Quiet, peaceful activities. Books and puzzles are my obvious choices, and she likes both of those, but reading books for over an hour could get old.
Maybe I could do 30 minutes of stories and DH could do 30 minutes...that sounds more doable...
Anybody got any better ideas? Do you think she might be able to lie in bed by herself and read/do puzzles/listen to audio stories without a parent there for some of that time? I just would really like some downtime in the evenings...
Oh, she's 27 months.