Nap Time Is A Luxury

Dec 19, 2013

Oh the blessing that is nap time… that time that every parent looks forward to. A time to do a magnitude of things, to collect your thoughts, man your battle stations, and stuff your face full of food. But have you ever thought about what happens when that time comes to an end? I am currently in the midst of that with Ace. He will be 4 next month which blows my mind, but he is getting to the point where he no longer needs a nap. But I kind of need him to need a nap some days. Not for selfish reasons but more for productive reasons. I am sure my husband is wondering if and when the piles of laundry will be leaving the laundry room, so he doesn't have to climb over them to get to his office downstairs. I have successfully addressed and stamped five Christmas cards, yes five!! So family if you are reading this the cards are red so they might just become Valentines Day cards? That is a win, win if you ask me because I haven't sent a valentine since the fourth grade!!

But I am trying to adjust to this new Ace being a little human now that has an endless amount of energy without needing to recharge in the afternoon. Now, I have gotten lucky on the off occasion that he gets tired out at school and takes a 45 minute siesta. But more times than not he is up and ready for activities while the other two nap their lives away. 

Don't get me wrong, I do love having time with him. He is filled with curiosity and questions. We have also reached the why stage, and "I don't know" is not a valid answer to him anymore. So we do have pretty good conversations about trains, and what dad does at work (which is hard to explain to a three year old why his dad would jump out of a perfectly good plane), and his "boys" at school. But I have been doing a lot less cleaning, a lot less trashy reality tv watching, not such a bad thing I guess. 
Most afternoons look like this…just him and I. We talk about what we should have for dinner and we play with tons of tractors!! But the second I think I can tackle a chore he is not having it. And I can't take the chance that he might wake beauty and the beast so I just kiss my freedom goodbye…

I am kind of thinking about putting him in his room for a bit during the day though, with some books or puzzles, or coloring materials just for him to unwind and harness his chi. Do people do this? I mean I don't know. What I do know is that I haven't had a solid shower that includes hair washing in a few days now. I have had to do what we call the "car wash" shower. You know, kind of run in one side and out the other. 
It's true what they tell you when you first have a baby…sleep when your baby sleeps. I wish I would have actually taken that advice. But I would have taken it one step further, sleep whenever your children sleep no matter what the age! Maybe I will ask Ace how he feels about watching me sleep? This solution does nothing for my laundry problem, or my hair filled with dry shampoo, but it just sounds amazing!

And clearly I know how to prioritize my time as I sit here and watch Avalon rip up a magazine…I am down right amazing at this stay at home mom stuff!!

7 comments:

  1. I am no expert and I don't have kids of my own, but what I learned during my college years learning to be a teacher, kids need independent play! So letting him play on his own is definitely ok! And having some "you" time is definitely ok too : )

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  2. You're lucky he lasted this long!! Dannika quit napping on her 2nd birthday. It was a sad sad day.

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    1. 2!!! Pierce is almost 2.5 and he still very much needs a nap, or he will fall asleep at 5 pm. haha!

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  3. Oh man. Gotta love nap time! My babe is still at the 2 nap stage (heaven!) but I still also give her some independant play time every day. I think its super important, and actually there have been studies and stuff done on how good it is for them. I was a nanny for kids 2,4,6,8 and I gave them all quiet time (nap for the youngest) everyday. The older ones would read books and do puzzles. Thanks for stopping by the Mom-Lovin hop today! Following you via bloglovin! :)

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    1. Hi Hannah! Thanks for stopping by. I agree on the independent play, I mean Ace goes off and does his own thing in the playroom during the day. But I have never really initiated him to just go play in his room of something. But now with this no nap thing I am thinking that is the new plan :) Mama needs to do some dishes!

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  4. Haha that sounds rough! I'm a nanny so I'm only with my little guy for about 10 hours a day and I'm always drained when I get home. Like I try to take naps when he does too because its exhausting! So props to you for taking care of your kiddos and all of the hard work you do as a mom! :)

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  5. My 3 year old never naps and I'm lucky if I can get my 1 year old to sleep for longer than an hour. It's so frustrating.

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