Nap time has become a real problem for us in the crack house. The boys now share a room. Which translates in Arabic and to them as "Party Time." It is like one big frat house in the Twerp's room after lunch and about 9 pm.
They use to have their own rooms back in the day when the land flowed with milk and honey and when we use to be rich and have designer bedding and over 15 thread count sheets and pillows. Oh, I so remember the days of pillows. Ahh. I need a moment.
Middle Twerp has always been a struggle to keep in his bed at nap and bed time. He would get up and we would have to take him back about 5-6 times. We have tried everything from Super Nanny tactics of "no eye contact, no talking, just straight back to bed." To spare the rod, spoil the child. He has gotten better and stays in bed more times than not, but is still out of his bed if he gets the chance.
Baby Twerp. He turns three in August and has just now gotten out of his crib. Yes, I know...I know. But he sleeps and life is wonderful. I love cribs too. It makes me feel like I still have a baby in the house and makes me want to knit. He would go to bed around 9 pm at night and sleep until 9 am (or later) the next morning. Then he would take a nap from Noon until about 3 every day. It was heavenly and he was always in a good mood and he never FOUGHT this. He embraced sleep....he is my child.
Now the rooms are shared and Baby Twerp is in a Big Boy Bed and paradise as I know it has ceased to exist. I now put them both in bed at 9 and IF I am lucky and the gods shine down upon me, after 8,421 times of placing them BACK in bed later and a gazillion giggles later, they are quiet. Not asleep mind you, but quiet. And like clockwork they are up and at 'em at 7 am.
Nap time has become like an Al Queda negotiation. Then I end up screaming and acting like a hoodlum and wrapping a turban on my head -- not really. We all know what that would do to my hair. I am thinking about making a video and playing it for them in their rooms letting them know what might happen if they refuse to agree to my terms. What do you think?
I have tried staggering bed time and putting Baby Twerp to sleep and hour earlier, but he is not asleep when Middle Twerp comes. Right now, Baby Twerp is napping in my bed and Middle Twerp in his bed and that is working for nap time but this is not a long term solution. My next tactic on my list is Benedryl. I kid. I kid. Sort of. No, no, I do. Kinda.
So for all the super moms out they who have BOYS (I am tellin you girls are not the same...they are sugar and spice and everything nice.) that share a room, can you help a girlfriend out? How do you keep yours in bed and from having a keg party? I kid. I kid. Kinda. Do you think that might work? I am sleep deprived and desperate.