Thinking Out Loud – Nap Time
It’s Thinking Out Loud Thursday with Penny’s Passion. And what am I thinking about today? How much I love naps. I’m not just talking about taking naps, I mean there is nothing better than dozing off on a lazy Sunday afternoon after a big breakfast at home, but I am instead referring to how much I love my kiddo still taking naps.
However. I’m seeing signs that nap time is starting to go away. And I think I’m going to have a period of mourning. And no, it’s not because it means my baby isn’t a baby and is getting older too fast and I’m mourning his babyhood (though I guess I am a little). Instead I’ll be mourning the loss of a couple of hours of free time!
Maybe that sounds terrible. Maybe it makes me sound like a selfish parent. But when you work all week and are raising a very active little human, those breaks on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon are kind of needed and appreciated. Sometimes Nate and I sit together and play cribbage. Sometimes I go out and do something with friends. Sometimes I read a book while Nate runs errands. Or sometimes I run errands and enjoy being able to do so child free. And sometimes I nap too. No shame in that game.
We’re seeing signs that Ollie’s transitioning out of needing that afternoon nap. The last few weekends we’ve fought for over an hour to get him to go down, external things like noises from outside are distracting him more than they used to, I often have to lay with him to get him to fall asleep and then we end up having to wake him up and then he’s almost crabbier than he would be without a nap. And don’t get me started on bedtime. The more we fight for the nap on the weekend the harder bedtime becomes. He’s missed a nap here and there and has not been too bad without it.
During the week he’s still been doing pretty good with his nap, but I think that’s because we get up earlier during the week and I also think school tires him out both physically and mentally so he more easily winds down. And of course this week he’s been fighting a bit of a cold, so that always makes a difference too. But the weekends have been a battle.
So we talked and we have a plan. On the weekends we also kind of sleep until he wakes up which is usually around 7-7:30. We’ll still kind of use his nap period as a “quiet time” which we’ve seen recommended a number of places. He will go to his nap place and have an extended period of quiet time. If he falls asleep fine, if not, he just gets a little bit of a rest period and we as parents still get a minor break. I even told Nate we can probably still play a round of cards while he’s having that time or we can each sit and read a book. We can still take turns being the person to go out and do something during that time. It honestly might not be that different.
I’m trying to look at the positives too, if there are afternoon activities we want to try now we can do them without worrying about him missing his nap. Or if we’re out and about earlier in the day we don’t have to rush home in time for his nap. I think with summer coming along with our upcoming travels this might be a good thing.
Like any transition I’m guessing this might be a bumpy ride at first, but he’s pretty much led the way on almost every milestone, so if he’s showing us he’s ready to give it up I’m just not going to keep forcing it.
And as long as I still get sleepy snuggles like this every once and awhile I think it’ll all be ok.
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