Any other moms out there going through naptime withdrawal symptoms?
This little chick is 16 months old and she seems to think that she can handle staying up for 10 to 12 hours at a time. But when she does nap like she should, she sleeps for 3 hours, so I think she definitely needs it. And when she doesn’t nap she sleeps very late the next day. It’s just near impossible to get her to settle down with her sister around. And her sister is kind of always around.
It’s no fault of hers. Ada is the one that keeps playing and playing, even when Azita is laying down quietly trying to take her own nap. The kids nap in our bed. They both always nursed to sleep so they never slept on their own, I always put them to nap. And I don’t mind that at all… of course, when they actually nap!
I’ve also read a few different books about sleep, like the No-Cry Sleep Solution and the No-Cry Nap Solution by Elizabeth Pantley and I want Ada to nap for her own development and well-being. Naps are important to their growth and immune system if I remember correctly. In some ways, I don’t even mind Ada not napping if I can time dinner right and get her settled and off to bed around 7.
If she doesn’t nap but goes to bed early, that would be cool with me, except for the fact that her body needs the naptime. And I probably feel better when she naps too, because I take some time to relax but also because she is crankier and the whole family has to deal with that. The downtime helps Azita too, who will go to bed late and get up early as many days as she can until she just crashes, every 4 or 5 days.
Today for instance. We left the house at 10 a.m. Library. Children’s garden at Clark Park- one of the only gluten-safe places I can take Ada. Those lasted until 1:20. By the time we got home Ada still wasn’t sleeping and Azita looked exhausted.
So we went to Harris Teeter to pick something up that goes off sale today. Azita broke down, Ada was fine. Someone even commented and I mentioned that it’s funny that the almost-4-year-old can’t handle this much activity and the baby can.
Then to the Apple Crate. It’s right across the road and we all needed some safe snacks before we came home to make a late lunch/early dinner and there isn’t anything safe to buy at Harris Teeter but fruit, which we had all already eaten.
So we get home at 3:30 and Ada is still wide awake. Ready to play. Not even cranky. I should be happy that she isn’t even cranky, definitely, but doesn’t her little body need the nap?? Isn’t that what all the books say??
I don’t like days like yesterday where she crashes at 6:30 and then wakes up at 7:30 very cranky. It’s too late to nap, but too early for bed, so she’s just out of it. And then she doesn’t want to go to bed until 11. That doesn’t work for us.
I either want a normal nap back or none at all!
Sigh. I will roll with the punches as I always do, but I can honestly say I want the naptime for her. In some ways no nap is easier on me and Azita– not needing to schedule our days around her. I just really thought napping was for the best for their bodies and development.
There is a book called Sleepless in America that is supposed to address that. I’d get it to read, but then I might be even more bummed out if this trend continues and I don’t want to make to big a deal out of it and feel like I need to do something better. But maybe I do. Maybe I don’t make enough of a relaxing atmosphere for her.
Nah. I think she just doesn’t want to relax!