But G was so good and got her smiley face. She was so proud of herself she wanted me to tell her teacher this morning about it. Of course her teacher had no idea but another mom was in there who at least understood that this was a big deal to G so she got kudos all around.
She maybe didn't go right to sleep last night, but she didn't do the wiggling and squirreling around that she normally does. We are shooting for a lights off time at 8:30pm that give her 30mins to be wiggly if she needs without comment from me, but by 9pm I start to have fits, normally. Last night, though, she didn't disturb me around 9pm or after. She even got up good this morning. By good I mean in a good mood without tears or griping.
It was a nice night. Of course this gives me hope that we can turn our sleeping or lack of around. We start preparing for bed around 7:30pm which includes everything from brushing teeth to changing clothes to feeding dogs/cats, everything. By 8:15 or so we are in bed to read books, play stickers or whatever. Then around 8:30pm we turn the lights out. Now I could fall right to sleep at this point, but G can't, so I have the drop dead be asleep by 9pm lingering in the back of my head. She has 30mins of dark to unwind plus close to an hour of preparing to go to bed. What I am trying to stop is the staying awake after 9pm when I get so mad. Oh and trying to control my own self. Now with the smiley face I can truly relax. She understands it totally. She likes the smiley faces totally.
We shower in the morning so that gets us awake. She is always ready to go before me which gives her time in the morning to watch TV while I finish getting dressed and all. She won't stay in bed longer than me. Actually she gets really pissed if I get up in the morning without her. By the way, this has been our routine for a while now. The only thing I have now added is the smiley face chart. And I am and have been able to get to work by 8:30 every morning.
Thanks for all the well wishes. I at least know I am not the only one with sleep issues. Some of this is just my personal guilt of being a single parent so I am lenient to a fault and explode when I feel that she is taking advantage of my leniency. Which is pathetic I know because she is 3.5 and that is what she is supposed to do. I am the adult however and shouldn't be attaching my feelings to her actions.
So, now I have a computer at my desk at my new office and I will be back to adding pics etc this week. I will be busy still but will have time to check blogs. Yee Haw.