I am at my wit's end and I know I created this monster.....little background:
DS, who just turned 3 last month, is a great sleeper once he's asleep and almost always has been. From Oct 2013 to May 2014, DH ran a paper route. Our bedroom and DS's room are very close to one another and, in order to make sure DH was able to sleep, I began to make sure DS was asleep before putting him to bed so as to not have him crying or screaming or anything and keeping DH awake. It was much easier that way and that allowed me some 'me' time after I was done getting him to sleep. Now, it's not so much of a problem of him needing one of us in there to get him to sleep, he just will NOT get in bed and stay in bed. All he wants to do is play. We will normally try and let him play in there for a little while and do his thing, but this can go on for close to 2 hours sometimes. I know he is exhausted at times b/c, for instance, last night I started bed time at 8:30 and it was 10:15 before he was asleep. It is so frustrating b/c I can't get anything really accomplished because I go in there every so often to try and get him to get in bed; DH and I never get alone time. I know this will sound bad and I don't mean it in a bad way, but some nights, I just need bedtime to go quick and painless b/c I am exhausted, or stressed, or have a gazillion things to do, or any number of things. And I know he is not getting the amount of sleep he needs because he, on average, will not get to sleep until 930/10 and then he wakes up by 7:15 at the latest, usually earlier. I just don't know what to do.....and I'm sure this all sounds ridiculous..ugh....any ideas, tips, experiences are more than welcome.