I can't begin to tell you how different nap time here is from bedtime. The boys almost beg for naps during the day, and it's super easy to get them to go down.
Bedtime on the other hand is enough to almost drive me batty. We do story time with Daddy -- then the boys separate into their own rooms - Tyler goes with Daddy and James with Mommy. Tyler literally will often fall sleep cuddling and just get put in his bed...
Don't ask about his sleep issues though -- if the temp of his room isn't just right - he will literally wake up crying and will need to have a whole new "bedtime routine". It's ridiculous!
James on the other hand is a bedtime nightmare. He does well once he goes to sleep, but getting him to that point is really hard at night. I don't know if he's just a night owl type of person or what his deal is. He loves being up early too - so I'm not sure that's it.
I've tried all sorts of routines, but nights like tonight just wear me out. Tonight we did everything like we have been for a while, but when it came time to get into his bed - he literally screamed and cried like I was beating him. He then held on to me like it was the last time he was going to see me. It's sweet, but wow.
The choices for me are to let him hold on and see if he'll calm down -- or walk out of the room with him screaming "Mom-ME" at me which breaks my heart in a million pieces. I love this sweet boy, but I don't know how to make bedtime better for him.
Part of it for sure is that he's got my number somehow because if John puts him to bed by himself -- there is not any sort of fit. James will just wave to him and blow him kisses -- then leave with no crying or fit. Stinker!