Quinn has been teetering between 1 and 2 naps a day for roughly three months now. I’ve read that some nap transitions can take a long time, and I’m here to tell you, it’s TRUE. For the longest time, she’s been so close to being able to make it with one nap, but as the saying goes, close only counts in Horseshoes and hand grenades. I have made my impatiences with regard to the napping situation known on various social networking sites, however, I always follow it up with a quick retraction because believe me when I say I appreciate the nap time and will take every nap I can get from her. As my fellow SAHM’s (holla!) will concur, nap time is precious. Precious moments that should ALWAYS be savored and never cursed.
So what’s the problem with 2 naps? Why not just milk it for as long as possible? My answer is; behold the schedule below and weep:
7 a.m. – Quinn wakes
10:00 a.m. – Eye rubs, yawns, fussy girl… Down she goes for her first nap.
11:15 a.m. – Wakey-wake!
11:15 – 2:30 – lunch is served, play, park, bike, toys, books, etc.
2:30 p.m. – Again with the eye rubs, fussy face, yawning…
3:15 p.m. – Falls asleep
4:15 p.m. – Wakes up
4:15 – 7:00 – play, dinner, charm the pants off mom & dad, etc.
7:00 p.m. – Bath, books
8:00 p.m. – I say “bedtime”… However Quinn is full of energy, still ready to go-go-go.
8:45 p.m. – She is showing NO SIGNS OF SLOWING DOWN, I become weary.
9:15 p.m. – I take child to her room to go to bed. I nurse her, however she’s barely interested. She hops off my lap and starts looking at her toys in the nearly dark room.
9:30 p.m. – I silently curse myself for letting her fall asleep so late in the day.
9:45 p.m. – Still awake…
9:50 p.m. – Nurse Quinn again, she begins to methodically play with my hair. I doze off again…. (Yes, she nurses to sleep most nights. No, I don’t know how my child will fall asleep after I wean since I will not CIO. Yes, I am aware that I may be one of those freaky moms who nurses their 8 year old. Ok, I’m joking about the last part.)
10:15 p.m. – She’s asleep. IT’S A MIRACLE.
This schedule has happened WAY more often than I’d like to admit – and I’ve got the bags under my eyes to prove it. There have also been many days when she’s managed 1 nap and gone to bed at a “normal” time. There’s also been a couple of serious PARENTAL FAIL, when I’ve kept her awake, only to see my efforts go down the drain, by watching her fall asleep at 6 p.m., wake up an hour later and be up until the ungodly hour of 12 A.M.
Alas, I believe I’ve found the light at the end of the tunnel. My big girl is just shy of 18 months, and I really think she’s ready. For the last 7 days or so, Quinn’s been on 1 nap a day and it’s been wonderful. We’ve got the full morning for activities, play dates and errands, a longish nap, and then plenty of time to tucker herself out by the reasonable hour of 8 p.m. Below is a series of photos taken earlier this week during lunch, which highlight that I’m still working out the “kinks” in this new fangled 1-nap fancy-pants-big-girl schedule.
Munching on my turkey sandwich, I glance over at her and notice her eye lids get heavy. I thought I was seeing things because I’ve NEVER seen her THIS tired, pre-nap/pre-bedtime. Apparently lunch needs to be moved up an hour. Oops…
A few seconds later she woke up, probably because I was cracking up. I kept saying “you fell asleep silly girl”, which she thought was hilarious. So she made this cheesy face.
And then 2 seconds later her eye lids began to droop and I knew I had to get her to bed pronto. She was asleep before her head hit the pillow.
ALL HAIL THE 1-NAP!!!! YAY!