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To Nap or Not to Nap?

Posted Oct 22 2008 4:44pm
We are now many miles from home, visiting my family for the holidays. Of course, I've let a lot slide as far as our routines go. Who needs routines when you're on vacation, right?

The truth is, one part of our routine has been in flux even before we got here. My daughter went from two naps, to one nap to I-need-a-nap-but-I-don't-wanna-take-a-nap. If you ask her if she's tired, she'll jump up and say, "All done!"

Trying to enforce nap time is often a crap shoot. Sometimes she will fall asleep, as long as I lay down with her, of course. Most of the time, she'll lay there so long that I'm ready to pass out but she's still able to fight off being tired. If we drive somewhere, she's certain to fall asleep, but then I'm trapped in the car for hours unable to do anything but read magazines.

It's not often that she's not cranky from the lack of a nap time. And every now and again, not napping helps her get to bed early...or at least at a decent hour. I guess the problem is really with me.

Those two or three hours that she naps is the only time during the day that I have for myself. I can make uninterrupted phone calls or clean the basement without worrying about what she's getting into upstairs.

So where does this leave me? I suppose I'll start laying down with her for fifteen minutes or so everyday. If she falls asleep, great! If she doesn't, then at least we had time together to decompress in a quiet, dark room snuggled under the covers. I can always try to make those calls tomorrow.
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