Lately, I'm feeling defeated as a mother. Overall, Annabelle is good. She did well in school, we are having some attitude issues (but she is six, so it is expected though thoroughly annoying), I have fun things planned for our summer. Our days have been going along pretty swimmingly until night-time comes around.
For the past month maybe more, five, six weeks- we've been having issues at bedtime. She is insisting that she can't and doesn't ever sleep. At first I thought it was because it doesn't get dark until close to 10pm. We were/are letting her stay up past the regular eight o'clock bedtime. She goes up around 8:45, then plays or reads books by herself until we tell her to lay down. Within minutes she's calling one of us, pleading for us to call the doctor because something is wrong with her.
We are at our wits end, or at least I am. My anxiety at bedtime is so high right now. We've tried everything I can think of. She's slept downstairs on the couch, put up a tent on her bed to keep out extra light, I've read books, sang On Top of Spaghetti and You are My Sunshine more times than I can count, rubbed her back, played music on her radio, played a rain CD- all to have her still be asking for the doctor.
I have no idea what to try next.
Does anyone have any ideas?