So over the last couple of weeks the kiddos' bedtime seems to be getting later and later. To the point that it was 9pm and we were still dealing with kiddos who couldn't get to sleep. Both Ken and I have noticed a change in their behaviour during the day...and finally after a long, exhausting week I said enough is enough. Time to readjust bedtime!
It's not that we purposefully made bedtime later, or that we let them stay up just because. It just seemed like bath started a few minutes later each day...then, bath was longer, then by the time stories were read, teeth were brushed and it was time to sleep...well, they seemed to be overtired, have gotten a second wind and then they ended up having a hard time going to sleep.
For Isaac that meant he would still be awake after his rocking and lullabies and within five minutes of being laid down, he would start kicking his feet, playing, talking to himself and calling for us.
For Maddie that meant she would call us and say "I just can't go to sleep."
So last night we started bath at 6:30pm. They were out of bath by 7pm. Then came pajamas and stories and teeth brushing, lullabies and snuggles and goodnight kisses and hugs...and they were both asleep by 8pm. A whole hour earlier than had been happening the week before!
It was nice. Ken and I had some more time to do some fun stuff, we watched The Office and 30 Rock from last week and were in bed at a decent time too.
The kiddos had a solid 11 hour sleep and in the morning they were happy, energized and you know what?
They actually maintained their good mood throughout the morning and early afternoon. And of course we can't forget about the all important afternoon nap, which they willingly went down for and slept for 2 hours!
I am pretty sure that their demeanor will continue to improve over the week with our readjusted and reclaimed bedtime. It was just getting so silly! For the past couple of weeks they would get very emotional and have tantrums at the drop of a hat, they were fighting over toys and I could just tell they were tired and downright cranky.
It's amazing what a good night's sleep can do!