It's days like these that I understand why some mothers can beat their children. Not saying I beat mine, but just that I understand the frustration and wanting some way to get your point across. Days like these I just want to shake my head, laugh, cry, and scream - all at the same time.
Currently I'm listening to Nathan cry, scream, and kick the wall next to his bed. Do something, you say? Don't allow that type of behavior? I've spanked him at least 5 times already. I've tried explaining what I expect, giving in to his little requests... No blanket, yes blanket, no Cat, I want Cat!, music, music off!, new diaper.... No dice. He's just going to get ignored until he falls asleep.
Also screaming is Jacob, who refuses to sleep. He was asleep in my arms.... Until as we went up the stairs, we encountered Nathan coming down the stairs. When told (quietly but firmly) to get back in bed, Nathan wailed all the way back up, waking Jacob. Jacob did settle back, until I laid him down in his crib, and he jerked his head up and started wailing - he refuses to go to sleep on his own. And he has reached the age where he can throw a tantrum when I do try to make him cry it out - screeching whenever he sees me. (And I doubt that Nathan screaming in the next room is helping things at all.)
If Jacob fell asleep on his own, I will fall over in shock.
I live for the day that I can say, "Naptime!" and they will both go to sleep on their own and I will know that I have at least 2 hours of Me Time.