Even since the time she was in a crib she'd sneak out of bed. When this first started happening, we'd hear her flop out of her crib and hit the floor. Then the tricky little one learned how to quietly climb up and down the bars of the crib using feety pajama's (think log climbers) and would creep downstairs and hide under the end tables while we sat just inches away watching tv. Clueless that she was even there. We never heard her on the monitor. She was that quiet! Needless to say, we ditched the feety jammies.
At that point we figured it was time to put her into a big girl bed. Silly us, we thought she'd want to stay in her big girl bed. Wrong. She'd still stay up until 9:30 and would wake up around 8:00am. This wasn't such a big deal since she wasn't in school and we had no reason for her to wake up early.
Fast forward roughly a year and a half. She began preschool a few months ago (the same time John deployed) and is now forced to have a set wake up time. Here's our normal routine (note that she was taking a 1.5-2 hour nap at school):
6:45-7:30 - bathtime, brush teeth, jammies, etc
7:30-8:00 - read books, prayers, cuddles, etc.
I'd tuck the kids in and turn to leave, but before I could even get halfway across the room, she was out of the bed and saying she wasn't tired. The long list of excuses would begin. It would be 9:30 or 10:00 before she'd end up asleep (almost always in my bed) and when the alarm would go off at 5:45 she wouldn't get out of bed. This is typically what the mornings look like around here. This photo was taken after me trying for 45 minutes to get her out of bed.
I had a conversation with her Preschool teachers and we decided to cut her naps back to 1 hour. We all thought this would be great but nothing has really changed. She still goes to bed late and doesn't have an easy wake up. It's obvious she's tired -she'll even tell you she's tired as we leave school, but when we get home, it's a different story.
She still very much needs naps so I don't want to cut them out all together but I'm out of ideas. Do any of you lovelies have any suggestions?