So since Friday, every time I have to put Maria down for bedtime or a nap, it’s a fight.
She throws everything out of her crib and then jumps up and down in her crib, while yelling for me.
The only night she has not done this was Sunday when Chad put her down. This is not an effective solution either, in that if I am home she wants Mommy and will cry when Daddy tries to read her stories and rock her. On Sunday this worked because I started out sitting on the floor while he read to her and quietly over a period of 3 stories crept backwards out of the room.
The first time it worked I took her out and gave her “nose against the wall”, which we’re learning she thinks is funny and will often be naughty and then “punish” herself… so much for that!
Sunday afternoon, I threatened to not paint her toenails as I had promised and for the first 10 minutes after that she lay in bed crying “I want Mommy paint my toes. I want Mommy paint my toes…” It only lasted 10 minutes and then she proceeded to sleep for 2 hours which is twice her normal nap time.
Last night and tonight I had to resort to taking her “Lovey” away for a few minutes and shutting the door, before she realized I was serious.
I’m open to advice or suggestions. Really! She does have a cold, so maybe that’s part of it, but really, it’s just exhausting me and dreading a routine I feel like I should really be enjoying. How could you not enjoy stories and cuddles with a fresh out of the bath toddler!?