Exhaustion and toddlers

Not entirely sure what to write about today. Feeling rather exhausted. A certain little two year old hasn't been dealing well with darkness and shadows in her room, and hasn't been sleeping well. Of course, we find this out at 10PM of the third night, after four hours of fighting to get her to stay in her room. Usually, the threat of closing the door is enough to quiet her down, and get her to stay in bed. Not so much this week. Put her to bed, start trying to get something accomplished, turn around, and there she is, two floors away from her bed. Awesome.

So last night I managed five hours of sleep, the previous night, three hours. Yay! Needless to say, I don't drink decaf. I expect that by 3PM, I'll either be in the corner sleeping, or wired with caffeine. Either way, it should be entertaining.

So, here's the question. How do you convince a 2 year old that monsters don't lurk behind every shadow, and that their bedroom is safe? So far, we've removed her night light, which was a small light source, casting sharp shadows, and instead are using the light in her humidifier, which is more dim, but also much more diffuse. It glows more than it shines.

Omnidirectional light seemed to help last night, here's hoping it works tonight as well.