I have a sort of odd question.
Myself: I work M-F leaving the house around 4:45a, and getting home about 2:30-3p. If I have to work over 50 hours I try to keep it to times when James (my son) is in bed for nap, or for the night.
James: He's about 1 1/2 years old. He stays home with DH during the day. His routine is waking at about 8:30-9am, and bed time at 4:30-5p. He naps for an hour in the morning, and then for about 2 hours in the afternoon.
The routine: I get home and I change out of my work clothes, if James is not having a snack he throws a fit/tantrum in the living room when he could follow me to the other end of the house. I actually rush to get changed so I can focus 100% on him until bedtime. We play, have dinner together, bath, bedtime book, and then he's asleep until the next day. We watch for his cues of being ready for bed and they almost always happen at the same time. I would love for him to stay up until 8 with me, but it just creates an overtired kiddo.
*M--W are fine, I can put DS to bed with no issues.
*T-F I for the last few months have had to call someone to my house (or have DH do it before he goes to work) to tuck the kiddo in (Specific green blanket, Mr Froggy, Paci) in order for him to go to sleep. If kiddo does not go down for them, the moment I walk into the room he is top-of-the-lung crying for hours, until someone else puts him down.
*Saturday and Sunday Kiddo and I spend lots of time together and by the time we get to Monday, the cycle starts over.
Last night I think was my breaking point. I gave my brother vague instructions of which blanket to give him, handed him a paci and sent him in to lay down DS, pop the paci in, place the blanket over and walk out (same thing I had been doing for two hours, with screaming, crying. etc) and DS went right to sleep.
Anyone have any thoughts, suggestions, experiences, etc that could help us with this? I dont mind him wanting to spend more time with me, and bedtime sucks, but I'd really like to be able to put him to bed every night of the week, not just Saturday through Wednesday.