Cass loves bedtime, loves the ritual and the tucking in and the goodnight, sweet boy and the gentle pull-to of the door.
Rosey thinks it's all bull and she should be up with the big people for hours.
I don't mind policing the halls for a bit after she goes to bed, but when she gets up six times in an hour and wakes Cass, who stumbles out with an excuse (because what self-respecting five year-old is going to willingly be in bed when his two and a half year old sister is up??)
then I start getting frustrated.
I, on the other hand, am relentless about the me time and usually refuse to rescue him when she's been sitting in there with him for two hours* and then (astonishingly) won't go to bed when he wants her to go.
And I hate yelling. I don't like having her blub for a moment before she settles down to sleep - it makes me feel like a bully. But the dividing line between B and I and how we handle the nightly balk is growing wider and wider, with me playing the (increasingly) Wicked Witch.
There should be some sort of middle ground that we could strike - but I'm at a loss as to what that could be.
Funny, somehow I thought all the sleep problems were behind me now that she's past toddler-stage.
*Both kids go to bed between 7:30 and 8 pm. Sometimes Cass reads for awhile. Tonight she finally went to sleep at 10:15.