Am I the only one that spends endless hours counting minutes and figuring out blocks of time and freaking out over naps? I swear, my kids and their sleep are going to be the death of me – or rather, my SANITY! Here is a sample of my day:
“Okay, it’s 9am and Baby E just went down so if she sleeps until 10:30 that’s perfect because then she and Cal will nap at the same time this afternoon… yay!”
“Shit. Baby E just woke up and it’s only 9:30 – damnit, that means that she will nap again at 11:30 and Cal doesn’t nap until 12:30 or 12:45. This sucks”
“Wait, it’s 11:30 and Baby E still seems okay.. maybe she can stay awake for (check clock).. one more hour! Then her and Cal will nap together! Yay!”
“Oh no, it’s 4pm and Baby E is up from her afternoon nap.. there’s no way she will stay awake until her bedtime at 7! What am I going to do? She’s going to want to go to bed for the night at like 6pm! Maybe I will try to put her down for a little nap at like 5:30? Maybe I will go for a little drive so she doesn’t sleep too long. Wait, I have to make dinner… “
Then I call my husband and freak out asking when he’s going to be home. LOL. What is WRONG with me? Surely other mothers are not counting hours and trying to coordinate naps this way!
The kids were doing so well in the beginning. Cal is two so he naps from about 12:30 – 2:30 and Baby E always seemed to sleep then too, of course she had two or three other naps a day still, so it was easier to massage her timeline a bit to overlap with his.
But she’s dropped one of those naps, and here is what my day typically looks like now:
Baby E nap from 8 – 9am
Baby E nap from 10:30 – 12:30
Cal nap from 12:30 – 2:30
Baby E nap from 2:30 – 4:30
Baby E bed at 7pm
Cal & T bed at 8pm
That is the suckiest schedule in the WORLD! What the heck? Someone is always napping and I am NEVER ALONE! Baaah.
My husband made a comment to me once when Cal was little that I needed to be more “dynamic”. I’d never heard the word used that way before, but the literal meaning is:
pertaining to or characterized by energy or effective action; vigorously active or forceful; energetic
Sounds about right. Good plan. I have to go with the flow and adapt. And hey, the way I see it is that right when Baby E drops down to one nap that will line up perfectly with Cal’s, he will stop napping altogether! Lol.