Sunday, January 10, 2010

Daddy's Special Adventures

I've been pretty honest in the past about our struggles with naps and bedtimes. It has always been a hurdle for us. After Addy started climbing out of her crib a couple months ago, we used the crib tents to delay the inevitable, but it was only a few days before she figured out how to get herself out of jail free and we were back where we started. The tent alone was a deterrent and it bought us a little time to get through the holidays. We wanted to work on the nighttime tantrums before we moved into big-kid beds, thinking if we could get them under control, the transition would go smoother. Lilly was the trouble-maker, sometimes screaming for 20-30 minutes at bedtime and NOTHING worked. I finally decided that they might be ready for some long-term incentives, so we introduced the sticker chart. I downloaded from here, and they earned a sticker when they went to bed with no noise and no trouble. When the sticker chart was full, they earned a special adventure with Daddy. Lilly caught on quick and earned her special adventure first, Addy took a little longer, but did okay.

We wanted the special adventure to be geared to them specifically. Lilly has a longer attention span that Addy does at the moment and LOVES her cartoons, so we settled on "The Princess and the Frog" movie matinee for her and daddy. Jeremy said she enjoyed the experience, thought it was pretty cool, ate a lot of snacks and wanted to leave after 45 minutes. They ended up at Wendy's with a chocolate milkshake in hand, and she came home beaming. She truly is a daddy's girl. Addy's our mover and shaker, so Jeremy quickly decided that a local "fun zone" was the best place to take her to run off some steam. She had a blast (Dad did too) and they ended up at Dairy Queen eating too much ice cream.
During each special adventure, the other daughter stayed home with me and I thought there would be a lot of whining, but they totally understood. They knew they each had a turn and were great.

When we felt we had control of the bedtime transitions, we threw a big change at them and converted their beds to toddler beds. To say the transition has been hard would be an understatement and I'll write more about our obstacles in a later blog. At this point, just send us sleepy thoughts as we try and get our toddlers on some kind of sleep schedule that works.

6 comments:

Jon said...

How is addy doing?

Catherine said...

Aimee - I think your estimate as to how long they carry on (25-30 minutes) is just a teensy bit of an understatement;( Honestly those girls have a set of lungs! I would literally give my right arm for the opportunity to take an afternoon nap - those girls do not know what they are missing out on!

Anonymous said...

This too will pass. One of these days you'll be struggling to get them OUT of bed. Just kidding. You're in a tough battle right now. Hang in there. I think the stickers and a special day out is a great idea. You guys are doing an awesome job. You just have two smart and darling litlle munchkins! Look on the bright side...they're learning how to challenge the status quo. GaGa Jody

BandBbaby said...

Yeah, so not looking foward that transition! Any advice you have, please blog!

Anonymous said...

Mom..Thanks for the words of encouragement and nice job with the camera for the pic of Addy and I. - Jeremy

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