Bella particularly resisted the turning out of the lights tonight at the appointed time. Since we were watching Cartoon Network just prior, she was especially upset at the turning off of the television. Here are just a few choice excerpts from the 30 minutes of crying and screaming before she finally succumbed and went to her bed, and to sleep.
"WHERE'S MY REMOTE CONTROL?"
"TURN ON MY SHOW!"
"EVER'! BODY! GOT! TO! LEAVE! ME! 'LONE!"
"THE SUN NEEDS TO COME UP NOW! IT IS NOT BEDTIME!"
And our personal favorite, when we both had to put pillows over our heads to stifle the laughter:
"MOMMY N' DADDY YOU ARE MAKIN' ME NUTS!"
When she calmed down and I got her settled into her little bed, she asked me, "Mommy, you're not angry?"
ME: "Of course not, Honey. I'm not angry."
BELLA: "You're happy?"
ME: "Yes, Sweetheart, I'm very happy. I love you." (I kiss her about 10 times)
BELLA: (Quietly) "Mommy's happy, Daddy's happy, and Bella is sooo sad." (Pronounced "say-ud" in her sweet little Southern drawl.)
So I kissed her 10 or 20 more times, and showed her the moon out her window, which she loves. The child LOVES the moon. The fact that the moon is visible from her room and not from ours is a major incentive in getting her to choose that room over ours. And I leave her blind up so she can see when the sun comes up and she can get out of bed. She asked me to lie down on the big bed in her room, which I did for about 5 minutes. When I left her, she was listening to Bach, and mellowing out considerably. So far, the Great Bed Switch is going well, occasional screaming tantrums aside.