OMG – I LOVE this story!
I am – almost – at the point I could sit outside the door, and not quite at the having to wait through the ‘sounding out’ phase (although we read FIVE books, one of them a chapter book chapter each night now).
I have, however, been through the wishing to just die, please let this child go to sleep episode over and over an over again since 2007. But there is light at the end of the tunnel – I am now sitting beside the bed, with my i-phone (in the dark), reminding her to calm down and go to sleep until she finally passes out. Funny how that ‘forever’ can be as little as 15 and as much as 45 minutes long…
Also funny how this story does not make me depressed (there is way more yet to come), but rather relieved that others have this problem too.