I need advice and I need it YESTERDAY. I know I've complained about this before, and I apologize, but here we go again.
I have largely taken away Becca's naps. She would still nap just about every day, but in an attempt to have a normal bed time and in an ill-fated hope that she will sleep in a bit, she's stopped napping. She takes about one nap a week at this point. She goes to bed between 7:30 and 8:30. Last night she was asleep right before 8:00--after playing for hours and even swimming before bed.
And damn, if she still isn't awake at the crack of dawn. Some days it may go as late as 6:23. Most days it is around 6 a.m. Today it was 5:30. FIVE-THIRTY!???? And I'm PISSED. I can't take 5:30. Even though she will just get up and play quietly in her room, I just can't believe that is good for her to be up that early.
I forced her to turn off her light and get back in bed this morning. She was WAILING. She wanted to get UP. She's NOT TIRED. She MISSES HER DADDY. She CAN'T close her eyes. I tried rubbing her back. I tried lullabies. I tried turning on her music. I tried yelling at her to stay in bed and stay quiet until her alarm clock turns green (at 6:25) or SO HELP ME GOD.
What else can I do? Do I have to start keeping her awake until 9 at night? I just don't think that is healthy for her. I don't think that is enough sleep. Do I just go back to naps more regularly? (Which will lead to bedtime wars). Do I just start making her run laps around the block until she collapses from exhaustion? Do I put her to bed at 6:30 p.m.? Something isn't right. I feel like this is partly just her, but I also feel like I'm not figuring out how to manage her sleep needs, either.
I know why this happened, by God. Yes, I do. Just yesterday I was telling my friends, "Oh. Things have gotten SO much easier for me lately. The kids are just growing up so well and they have become so much more low maintenance. Life just keeps getting easier." Rookie mistake. Maybe if I just shut my trap, my problem will magically disappear?