Monday, December 13, 2010

Nap time woes

My life feels a little turned upside down. I've always been a little funny about James's sleep. I stress about it, I celebrate it, and I keep him on a pretty tight schedule.

Yes, I'm neurotic.

Well for the last three weeks James has made it very clear that he now likes to get up an hour earlier (at 6:30 am instead of 7:30 am) and he also thinks his afternoon nap is boring, as in, he fights it tooth and nail.

So, what is a sleep obsessed Mama to do? Try to figure out a solution.

Can he take one longer afternoon nap? We tried that and it failed so hard. Can he make it to bedtime without being a total grumpy fuss bucket without the afternoon nap? Again, fail. Can we move his bedtime earlier and take out the afternoon nap completely? Oh dear me, I can't imagine getting up with him in the morning any earlier than 6:30, so this idea is on the back burner. Can we move his morning nap earlier and hope to dear god he takes an afternoon nap because his mother really really really can't stand other afternoon where he gets so fussy and grumpy and horrible that he doesn't even know what to do with himself, and he will NOT sleep? Yea, that's the plan today.

Wish me luck.


  1. Good luck! Going through the same thing here. I have to limit his first nap to 1 1/2 hours or he will not take a second nap at all. I think we're in an "in between" stage of nap time where they're not ready for just 1 nap but fighting two. Some times I feel like I'm alone so it's nice to know someone else is going through the same thing.

  2. Seriously Mom, it's ok to let them watch tv in the afternoon to pass the time. Sometimes it even puts them to sleep. I can guarantee you won't be this set on schedules with your second one and they'll do just fine!

  3. I know it's the last thing on your mind - what with the sleep deprivation! - but how is it possible for little (BIG!) James to look so frikken' cute when having such a tantrum?? A most ingenious paradox.


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