Well, I do have an update on how bedtime has been going and it's not a good one. If you remember, back in January I posted with enthusiasm on Andrew's success. Well, when I was on maternity leave, things got all messed up again because he refuses to nap when I am around (always has, really) so he would be overtired and then would be cranky. I think it was sometime in May or June where he started protesting bedtime again, screaming in his room, and I just let him be. Well, my lovely husband said, "just let him out" and he told Andrew he could come watch t.v. or whatever.
In the past 3 weeks, it has come to a head and one night, Andrew fell asleep at 7:00 p.m. (which, really, I consider to be a normal bedtime for someone his age who hasn't napped during the day), and woke up four hours later at 11:00 p.m., full of energy. He was up until 5:00 a.m. -- yes, you read that right. I even spent 1/2 hour driving him around from 4:00 - 4:30 a.m. and I kept looking back and his little head was wide awake. Most nights, he's been going to bed at 1:00 a.m., and I get up for work at 6:30 -- not to mention the 2-3 times I am somewhat awake while my infant is night grazing (that I do love and am not complaining about -- I am in no hurry for her to sleep through the night if she isn't ready to do so). If I let him lie in bed with me, he will fidget for hours and it about drives me nuts (I let him fidget next to me for 3 hours the night he was up until 5:00 a.m., and he still didn't go to sleep.
Needless to say, this cannot go on. This is not normal behavior for an almost-three-year-old, so Monday he goes back in to the Pediatric Specialist to see what we can do for his bedtime woes. I won't say I am against medication, but I really am -- it would be a very last step for us after all other avenues have been exhausted. My nephew, who is now 10, has ADHD and had to go on medication in kindergarten. He exhibited some very similar behaviors as Andrew and I kind-of hope that isn't the case here. I would hate to suppress what I consider to be his personality if it's really just an issue that needs to be taken care of separately.
I will keep you posted!