This one is to give hope to all the day care people going through what we went through.
For over 3 years, we would put the boys to bed at 7:30 and not hear a peep the rest of the night. Jon and I were able to get stuff done and relax. Roughly 18-24 months ago, the boys were ready to give up their nap. BUT they were in day care, where they still had a two hour nap. TWO HOURS of nap they did not need.
We then had 18-24 months of evening hell. We moved bedtime back to 8PM but it was not unusual to get cries for help at 9, 9:30, 10, even 10:30. And it wasn't the boys' fault - they were not tired. When Jon traveled, I would often have days where I was "on" for 16 straight hours. Some nights I put a movie on for them at 7:30 to get 90 minutes of quiet time to get stuff done. Some nights were my worst parenting nights, where I was yelling at someone or unclogging a toilet at 11PM.
It sucked sucked sucked SUCKED. It is the only thing we did not like about being in group day care, but you take the bad with the good.
As much as we looked forward to no more day care payments, we looked forward to no more naps MORE. And after a week of kindergarten, I can say IT IS HEAVEN AGAIN to shut their bedroom doors at 7:30 and not hear a peep.
Like I said on Monday morning, this whole week has been a huge BREATHING OUT.