we've started a new bedtime routine with cadence.
it was so easy to make the transition, now i'm wondering why i didn't do this a year ago! ha!
cadence has always co-slept with me, and i do not regret co-sleeping with my child. in fact i'm a big supporter of co-sleeping and family beds but i made the mistake of letting her stay up till i was ready for bed. so often she was staying up to 11 or even midnight.
another mistake i made was i gave her a crutch, when i did finally get her in bed i'd put on cartoons or a movie for her. this made overnight trips a pain in the rump!
we set a bed time, 9pm
at 9 we all pile on the bed and we take turns reading cadence a story. after the story cadence gets to pick the praying order, lately it's been tristan, her, me. after prayer is hugs and kisses then it's lights out (besides her night light, which has been a little fiber-optic christmas tree)
the first few nights she would cry after a while so tristan would go in and comfort her. it melted my heart the second night when i snuck down the hallway to see tristan rocking her <3
once a week we take a trip to the library to get the books to read each night
this routine is working for us, and i love it. it gives us some child free time each night to just unwind. it's also given us some balance and structure.