Here is where I had my epiphany: If the "nap rules" don't apply that well to him, maybe the early bedtime rule doesn't either. I started talking to other mama's and as it turns out, a lot of parents just do what is comfortable for their family schedule, and they don't have insane children either. Go figure.
I will say that I completely understand that if a working mama has to have her kid at daycare every morning by 7, then going to bed at 6 or so makes sense-- I really DO believe that small children and babies should aim for 11-13 hours a night.
I am NOT a working mama. I do NOT have to get up at 6am to get myself and my kiddo ready. I would LOVE IT if he would snooze until 8 every day.
Here is where I had a chat with my Forrest-man and ran my thoughts by him (he is a smarty-party and sometimes has insight I never thought of!). He basically gave me a big 'ol thumbs up on the plan. We are actually pretty excited to eventually have a babe that might stay up until 8, maybe 8:30 on a special night. Do you know what that would mean for us!? An EVENING-LIFE! (Not to be confused with "night-life"...an evening-life is the best most parents of a baby or small child can hope for). Yes. We might be able to be outside of our home past 5pm and not worry that our child is going to make us pay for it.
So, here goes the plan-- We have kept Augie up 'til about 7 or so the past couple
I will report back in a month or two with the results! Over and out.