Yesterday was the day for getting it off my chest. Today is the day for moving forward. After I take Lion's advice and eat a big bowl of ice cream.
I was determined to keep him up until 8pm. The more I considered it, the more it made sense. My instinct was that he was sleeping so much on the weekends to make up for a lack of sleep during the week. But the flip side of the argument is logical as well. So I'm embracing it.
I also made a chart to record how long it takes him to fall asleep and the number of times he wakes up during the night. If nothing else, it will help me to more clearly see the situation.
I was determined for 8pm. We stuck it out until 7:45pm. He got up once and laid in the doorway between the kitchen and living room. I never got up to see what he was doing, but it sounded like he was just listening to the swishing his pajamas made against the plastic "wood" floor. After 20 minutes he got up, shut the door, and made a lot of noise climbing into bed. He got up one more time after that. At 8:20 I checked on him and he was asleep in the middle of the floor.
Other things I want to implement include a stricter sensory diet, a snack before bed (he generally doesn't want one, but I want to offer it), and cutting down on tv time. By a sensory diet I mean specific sensory activities such as jumping on his trampoline, bouncing, playing in the water, using the therapy ball, pushing/moving heavy objects, and playful wrestling that his teacher and I do at the same times each day. My theory is that if I focus on sensory needs, he will be calmer throughout the day as well as at bedtime. My theory is also that cutting down on tv time may or may not actually happen. But I will attempt it. =)
OH -- I totally deserve a cookie or a medal, preferably a cookie. I so cut my son's hair today. Just around the ears and across the back, but still. I cut it and everyone kept all of their body parts.