It is no secret that I have one precocious toddler. She is extremely opinionated, smart, and spirited. She's also very friendly, kind, giving, and tender. I welled up with tears yesterday when she was skipping along holding her daddy's hand pointing out all of the things she saw. That is something etched into memory and one of those moments where I'll hold forever. That's how I will remember toddler Mari. Brightly colored clothes, long, curly, and wild hair, a giant smile on her face, and her tiny body vibrating with energy, she is either jumping, skipping, dancing, or doing all of them.
Anyway, here lately, we've been having an issue with our bedtime routine. I think it has something to do with the holidays and being thrown off track. Regardless, we've all been suffering. Since it is the first full day back to the grind for us all, we were apprehensive the night before to her reaction. Similar to how it has been for the past several days, she's thrown a disastrous temper tantrum and Don and I are completely beside ourselves. At first, we thought she would pass out in her fit of rage. That has only happened once. The other times, she's stayed awake until long after we've gone to bed. We have relented and have allowed her to sleep with us. I don't mind now that we have a larger bed. It is actually nice having the whole family together. However, it would be nice to wake up and be held by my husband. :) Any tips or advice? For the record, we've never had a bedtime issue like this before. Not for this long. I figured we probably just need time to get into a routine.
Also, for those of you interested, I wanted to showcase some hits & misses with the gifts we received this year. I will do that in a separate post, complete with graphics.