The kiddos had a fun Halloween yesterday. Li Li was scared of a few masks until she realized candy was involved and perked up. Both kids had a sugar high by the time the night was over.
Keith was gone Friday night on a retreat and I had to manage the kiddos by myself. It was the worst night yet getting them down. It took almost 2 hours to get them both down. Usually Li Li will fall asleep within a few minutes while holding my hand, but with Koen being obnoxious across the room, she wasn’t falling asleep. I couldn’t do much about him because if I got up from next to her, she would cry, and I kept thinking she was on the verge of falling asleep. Finally she fell asleep after I made Koen sit in the hallway. He came back in and I was finally able to leave the room. However, she woke up again 45 minutes later and then was wide awake for an hour around 3 am!!! Torture.
So, we started a new routine. We’re getting both kids ready for bed and then putting Koen in our room for book time. We leave him there for a few minutes while we both give Li Li her bottle (eventually we hope that just I can do this). Then Keith brushes Li Li’s teeth and puts her down for a few minutes while I read to Koen. We switch places and I hope Li Li’s hand until she falls asleep (about 10 minutes so far). Then I get Koen and put him down after getting some good snuggle time with him. Both kids are going down happily this way. We’ve also essentially dropped Koen’s nap and made it into a quiet time, but he managed to fall asleep in QT today anyway.