*quiet play before bathtime with the lights dim
*warm bath with lights dimmed (she's happy as long as i'm in there with her)
*Dry off in a dim room and a massage with lotion (eyes big and excited and lots of kicking)
* Into bathroom to brush our teeth (she hates this but we use calm soothing voices and incouragement)
*say good night to daddy (we blow kisses)
*We head up the stairs (with lots of yelps of excitement and her little legs just a going)
*We crawl into bed and turn on the music (soft relaxing music) all the lights are out and there a dark curtains hung to reduce light from outside.
*We start to nurse (even if not hungry because she refuses to just lay there and if offered a pacifier will throw it as far a she can while screaming and kicking). We try to get up and crawl around. I calmly tell her it's bedtime, she returns to nursing. This can go on anywhere from 20 min to and HOUR
Some of the things i've tried are wearing her down (which leads to more screaming and arching out of the carrier. reading (which leads to fighting and trying to crawl around.
I assure you she is tired. She is rubbing her eyes, yawning and starting to just Look tired. But anything i try to do to calm her down either leads to a fight or more excitemnt. I would really appreciate any suggestions you guys have. I know my lo is very easily excitable (she gets that from her mother)