So it appears that my not-yet-2 year old has declared war on bedtime, and God help anyone foolish enough to try putting her to bed at night. Apparently she missed the memo on how my sleepless nights as a parent are supposed to be behind me now that she’s a toddler.
Trust a toddler to not play by the rules.
For three consecutive nights now she has adamantly refused to go to bed at her usual bedtime of 8:30, breezed past 9, scoffed at even the idea of 10 and only flirted with 11, settling down for sleep as close to the wee hours of the morning as possible. Does this mean she wakes later in the morning as well you ask? Of course not! That would be rational behaviour and toddlers are anything but rational. In her continued mission to drive mommy completely insane, Lilly still manages to wake up bright and early just as usual, causing mommy to develop a nervous twitch that might be making daddy a little nervous too.
It’s my own fault really, I jinxed myself by bragging about how good Lilly was with bedtime and how I got so much work done after she went to bed and how lucky I was.
Stupid, stupid me.
This is parenting 101 you idiot! You never mention your kid’s good behaviour, you shouldn’t even look directly at it lest you jinx it with your own admiration! But no, you had to go bragging about it to family and friends and even post about it on your blog and look where that’s gotten us: running around after a screaming toddler at 11:30pm, wondering where we went wrong.
Don’t judge me, I tend to talk to myself when I’m exhausted.
So yes dear readers, next time your child is sleeping/behaving/eating really well, do yourself a favour and do NOT brag about it. Just enjoy it while it lasts and brace yourself for the next bout of tantrums and irrational behaviour that is sure to be just around the corner. Don’t you just love toddlers?
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