Adam has plans to build Jadzia a canopy princess bed to compete with William's car bed. In the mean-time my parents had a comfy mattress and box spring they wanted to get rid of. It's the same bed I slept on as a teenager and it's very, very comfy. Adam is going to modify his bed design to accomadate the mattress, which is a double, not a single like William's, and takes up 80% of her bedroom.
Yesterday was a day of birthday partying, no napping, and temper tantrums, so I decided to put her to bed early. So just after dinner I managed to get the tantruming sesame street addict to brush her teeth, then I took her to her room to read her stories. When I said "story" she ran out of her bedroom towards the basement and freaked out when I brought her back. She thought I meant "Toy Story" and screamed "Toy Story Three Buzz!"
I calmed her down and got back to the business of reading stories. Normally I read two or three stories and then put her in her crib. This time, Jadzia was boss, jumping out of bed to pick another book sometimes when I was in the middle of reading one. I read almost every book in her book bin, and read several of them twice.
By the end, I was reading each book EXTRA SLOWLY, like a robot running out of batteries, and she was sucking her thumb and jumping out of bed less often. When she looked dozey enough, I shut the light and started singing "Hush little baby", just like I do every night.
I sang it lying down.
I sang it standing up.
I sang it while sitting on the floor.
Jadzia kept almost sort of pretending to sleep, then waking up grinning at me. Finally, two hours after I began the process, she fell asleep sideways on the bed, which still left enough space for me to lie beside her. It's a big bed for a little girl.
She slept all night, all the way to nine. Her brother woke up at 5 am because he "needed" someone to sleep with him.