Good Bye nap time! Hello craziness!
O.M.G I can’t believe that I am about to share these napping tips… We are kissing our nap times good-bye. Yes, the most cherished time of the day for busy moms when you can actually get something done! For me it’s studying my lines for an audition or writing a blog post, even a nice shower that isn’t rushed where you can wash your hair or shave your legs!
Well, that precious time is out the window because a new toddler challenge has presented itself. Our evenings have come to an all out war to get August to sleep! Here’s how our schedule runs in the evenings most nights- We eat dinner as a family, take a bath, read books, have a bottle and then brush out teeth. Seems pretty normal right? Well, now the new norm is ME running the Santa Monica stairs 300 times in 2 hours! August comes up with every excuse in the book to not stay in bed. “Mommy, I’m scared!” ” Mommy- “I need to pee!” ” Mommy-lay down with me!” “Mommy- I can’t go to bed” ” Mommy- I’m scared of owls.” The list is never ending and Mommy is loosing her mind! I should be loosing inches from all the running and getting a fabulous booty like JLO but you know I love wine. 😉
After a long battle with him (and myself- let’s face it we are the hardest on ourselves) I’ve decided to give up the mid day nap. The first day didn’t exactly pan out the way I had hoped. August fell asleep around 3PM on the couch without even being coaxed to sleep, which is verrry unlike him. Then the night time battle ensued. Now, day two into the no nap he has not even missed it. He seemed in good spirits, even after a long day at the park, and no serious tantrums to speak of the night time routine turned into a breeze again!! We did all the usual and he fell asleep within minutes! I guess we will have to give this new normal a try and see how it works for a bit. Also, this isn’t to say that we won’t have quiet time. I do think it is important for kids and adults to have a bit of quiet time to settle the mind and re-energize mid day. So, we may just try designating an hour to read, draw or just play quietly.
How did you handle this transition? And do you have some good tips or tricks for getting your child to sleep without the battle? Would LOVE to hear your suggestions! and I’ll keep you posted on how this all plays out going forward.