These rainy days prevent Belle from releasing pent up toddler energy. We are used to playing ball outside in the evenings. Last night I let Belle run up and down the stairs inside our house to tire herself out instead. We successfully avoided another three AM bedtime this way. Belle even drank some hot tea before she retired.
I like Belle asleep by a certain time so I can do chores, have tea and regroup. I get angry if I can't have that time alone. I have channeled some of my frustrations on these late nights into hand washing dishes, hanging artwork, making non-dairy ice cream, etc. It takes too much energy to stay upright with a toddler after hours.