Which brings us to now. This child! She started refusing to go to bed at night. Raya has always been awesome about going to bed---happily goes to bed (often asks to go to bed early!). Brielle however is now throwing a fit about it. The first night we tried to ignore her and she ended up turning the lights on in their bedroom and screaming, which then made Raya cry....we tried to ignore for awhile hoping she'd give in but after about 20-30 minutes poor Raya had just had it so I got Brielle and sat her downstairs in a chair where lee was watching TV...and she sat there until she fell asleep not bothering anyone.
Fast forward to ever night since, I continued each night to try to lay her down and as I'm tucking Raya into bed Brielle is over on her bed *threatening* me:
Brielle: I turn on the light! Look, I turn on the light! (as she's playing with the switch)
Me: Brielle, lay down.
Brielle: I cry! I make Raya cry! (oh she's good, real good you guys lol. Basically reminding me of her powers)
Me: Brielle, it's time for bed. Do you want me to sing?
Brielle: No! No sing! (as she's gathering her 1 million pillows and blankets and loveys) I go see Daddy! (.....as she's halfway down the hall and heading downstairs).
Raya: Mama, can you just let Brielle sit with Daddy so she doesn't bother me? (No one is left on my side! haha. Brielle should be in her bed!)
.....and so each night Brielle sits downstairs (or sometimes upstairs with me), in the dark, not doing anything fun....until she falls asleep and we carry her to bed.
Pick your battles, right? ;-)
(I made Lee let me get a picture the last two nights, so I had something for the blog haha. Here he is carrying her to bed!)
|She is one stubborn little girl!|
So does anyone have any tips for me? The logical thing to do if they didn't share a room would be just let her cry it out---I know she's just being stubborn---she goes to bed just fine for naps when Raya isn't in there to use as a pawn! lol ......But I can't let her cry it out when Raya is in there because then it punishes Raya and makes her get really upset. (They need to keep sharing a room because Brielle's old room is now a playroom and I'm not switching it back!). Any ideas of something I can do that won't torture Raya?
*******ETA: Ok, people, so tonight I tried the whole time out idea. She started pulling her stunts, I gave her the choice of timeout or going to bed, she chose timeout. I had to keep putting her back in timeout (using my mean mommy voice!) and she periodically would cry that she had decided to go to bed. I'd of course put her to bed then and she'd scream and turn on the light, making Raya scream, etc.
And sooooooo, after 15 minutes of playing that little game I put her to bed, stood outside her door, waited for the sound of her little sneaky hand turning on the light switch, flung open the door immediately like a mad woman and gave her hand a little slap. Yeah, turn me in to DHS lol. She was horrified and then immediately went to bed. Mama-1, Brielle -0 :-P I'll keep ya updated on how tomorrow night goes!
And lastly just as an added bonus today, here are the girls showing off some clearance Gymboree outfits I scored at the end of last year---they wanted to wear short sleeves and I was more than happy to oblige by pulling out something new to wear! :-P
|Miss Raya and her damn socks lol|
Oh, and lastly, do you guys read the blog "Parenting: Illustrated with crappy pictures" ? It's super popular and she has a book out and stuff. Anyways, she shared the most hilarious post today--my thoughts exactly! hehe read it HERE