Tuesday Toddler Tales
It seems the afternoon nap is packing up and leaving our house for good... at my doing!
Yes, you read that correct: I am eliminating the afternoon nap myself.
Why, you ask?
Because after letting her nap over the Memorial Day weekend, I've realized that they just aren't working for us anymore and often times, backfire in my face, leaving me more frustrating and exhausted than if I had skipped it.
Emily woke up around 7:30am every day over the weekend and started to get moody, whiny, defiant, limp, and downright obnoxious around 1:30pm so, we put her down for a nap, wanting a little time to ourselves every afternoon, and she instantly fell asleep and stayed asleep until after 4:00pm. Sounds great, huh so, why are we complaining?
When bath time and bed time rolled around each day at 7:30pm, Emily flipped out, screaming; "I'm not sleepy at all" while running from us, and then, spent the next 3-4 hours talking, singing, thrashing, and playing in her crib, not falling asleep until after midnight. So, what, you say... at least she was in her bed!
Well, yes, at least she was in her bed; however, by this time she was then overly tired and her inner clock was all messed up and she would wake up before 6:00am the next morning, needing to use the bathroom and hungry. Ugh!
This incident reminded me of when she was an infant and I thought that if I kept her up all day she would sleep longer at night. Anyone else remember going through this?
To get her back on schedule, I didn't let her nap on Monday and got her into bed at 7:00pm. She slept 12 hours and was her old happy self, excited to go to school this morning at 7:30am.