The next day I went to Ikea and bought a toddler rail. When I got home I took off the front crib rail, really was no point seeing as he could get out. He thought it was the coolest thing he could just climb in bed with no big rail blocking him. I was hoping he would be so fascinated he would stay in his room that night. Nope! We tried several times putting him back in his room and amidst all the tears he finally went to his grandma's room and climbed in bed with her. So he slept there the second night. Tuesday night he miraculously fell asleep when Mike was reading him a story. We weren't so fortunate Wednesday night, he went to bed crying. Thursday was the turning point. Mike was working late so I had to get him to bed. We did our usual routine, bath, story, prayer and into bed we go. I also talked to him, told him he had to stay in his bed, we each have our own bedrooms etc. etc. Of course he starts crying as I am about to leave, mind you he used to love going to bed before he figured out how to get out of the crib. Bedtime was super easy back then. So I left his room and held the door closed. It was the most awful feeling, I had to fight back tears as he was screaming and hollering on the other side of the door. It felt like an eternity but maybe only lasted 15-20 minutes. I heard him finally go lie down in his bed and go to sleep. I felt like I was torturing my baby but I knew it was for his own good in the long run.
Since then its gotten a little better. Same bedtime routine and he only cries for a minute then goes to sleep. Last night I was putting him to bed and he was trying to reason with me. He was sitting up in bed and I said, "Roman you need to go to sleep so we can do all these fun things tomorrow." Roman says, "Why?" Me, "Well if you don't go to sleep it won't be tomorrow." Roman says, "Why?". lol! Oh my goodness, the why's have started already. Fun side note, when Roman calls me I respond by saying, what? He then repeats my what, even when we are asking him to do something. What? I need to capture all these moments on camera they are hilarious.
If its not one kid not wanting to sleep its another. Let's hope this phase passes quickly.