I decided to come home a day early in hopes of avoiding another difficult night. On the drive home I was thinking about some things I want to change in our lives. Usually I think New Years Resolutions are silly and I don't bother making any, but I can hardly avoid calling them that at this time of year, so here they are:
1. I think Emma is getting bored with me and is probably starting to require more stimulation. She had such a great time playing with my parents, my brothers, and my brothers' girlfriends while we were at my mom's that I'm afraid it's going to be a let-down for her to come back home and have only me as her single playmate. I'm going to make every effort to get out and take her to playgroups, Toddler Time at our community center, Mommy & Me at our other community center, and any other activities I can find. The problem with this is that these activities are usually in the morning, which brings me to the next resolution...
2. Our time schedule has gotten pretty ridiculous. Emma hasn't been to bed before 2:00 a.m. once in the last week, and getting up before 11:00 a.m. is a struggle for both of us. My plan is to have Emma asleep every night at 10:00, and myself in bed every night by midnight. That should enable us to get up by 9:00 every morning. If Emma wants to sleep later than that, great, but I will be getting up then. I'm not quite sure how I'm going to manage getting the kid to sleep every night by 10:00. I've requested The No Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers from the library, so hopefully that will help.
Wish me luck! :)