We had a bedtime routine that never failed:
-Read a book or two
-Crib with music playing
After her snack, whether it was fruit, pudding, or a hoho, she walked to the bathroom, climbed onto the toilet, and opened the cupboards to grab her toothbrush/toothpaste. Ben usually brushed her teeth with her lying on his lap and when finished flashing a smile to show off her clean teeth. As Ben and I walked into her darkened bedroom it was not long before this little figure zoomed by us collapsing onto her knees and folding her arms for prayer. Elyse was not able to make it the entire prayer before pushing her way onto whom she wanted to put her to bed. As prayer ended one of us quietly left the room giving Elyse a hug and kiss while closing the door behind them as the other held Elyse in their arms, turned on her music, and patted her back as she would pat yours. Elyse would tilt her head back exposing her neck wanting you to give her kisses. However, as you would lean in to kiss her neck she quickly looked down and giggled. She knew how ticklish it was! She then proceeded with giving you a kiss on the cheek, a kiss on the other cheek, and a kiss on the lips. That usually signaled that she was ready to lie down, as we then laid her in her crib, pulled the covers over her, told her we love her, and closed the door behind us. It was the perfect bedtime routine!