Terrible Twosdays: A Nap Retired?!
The day may be coming when our 2 1/2 year-old refuses a nap on a daily basis. I refuse to let that happen.
Let me get this straight: Once you get used to something as a parent, it changes. That is the way things go, isn’t it? Our 2 year-old has always been a very good sleeper. From day one, really, I’m serious. She was sleeping through the night by 3 weeks (and by through the night, I mean 8-10 hours).
Unheard of, right?
Don’t be jealous.
I’m not entirely sure why she is such a good sleeper, but I did have a bit of practice & experience before she was born. Maybe that had something to do with it, maybe not. We thought she was an easy baby. So easy, in fact, that we had another child when she was 18 months old. Marsden was born wide awake.
He is not a good sleeper.
Not even close.
It took him 11 months to learn how to sleep more than a few hours at a time. We have read every book about sleeping babies under the sun in every attempt to get this child to sleep. Thankfully, he has finally figured it out at 13 months, for the time being at least. He now sleeps mostly through the night & naps 2 times a day consistently. That will probably going down to one soon. I’m ready for that.
What I am not prepared for (and I know it’s coming) is when our older child decides naps are for the birds. She is starting to give me a hard time about going down for her usual 3-4 hour nap. (Told you we were spoiled!) The hard part is getting her to stay in one spot for more than 3 minutes so she will fall asleep. Once she falls asleep, she will remain that way for that long 3-4 hour nap.
The great thing about little t is that she listens when you talk to her. We simply explain that if she naps, she will feel more rested and be able to do more when she wakes up. If I tell her how happy she will be when she wakes from her nap, she will happily roll over and go to sleep. She is a rare breed.
I know how much better the day flows if she takes her nap. I don’t know how much longer to expect that to happen, but I will crack the whip (not literally people, come on now!) as long as it takes to keep her napping. It’s not that I need the “break”, it just works better this way, trust me.
For any of you parents out there who have had toddlers, you know how it is. Just please don’t tell me what happens next, keep that to yourselves. Thanks, I appreciate it.