No, no, there's no ancient prediction or a roof caving in (hopefully not anyway!)........but the time has finally come to the Sumulong household that I have been dreading. Dreading, I tell you! It's........the end.....of the daily nap! Gasp! Shock! Horrors!
Yes, yes, I know there are some of you out there laughing at me or even saying, "Too bad, honey. That's been my life for several years now." or some other choice words. And that's OK........I get it now. I realize just how lucky I've been to have a 4 1/2 year old nap for 2 hours (or more) everyday. Every. Day. Until now. Ugh.
Losing nap time has been something I've been waiting to happen for awhile now. Owen's got much more stamina than he used to have and I've noticed that he just doesn't seem to require a nap everyday as was the norm the last few years.
Problem is......MOM isn't ready for him to give that nap up! I get a lot of work done during that time that I probably wouldn't otherwise, especially now that I've taken on a new role with the IDSC. I need every minute. So on the days when it's clear he is not going to fall asleep, I bring out his container of books, turn his "sleepy time" music on and tell him "It's time for rest". I also learned the hard way to pull up his blinds unless I plan to buy new ones every week. Some days he falls asleep for a bit, while other days you can hear him jabbering away, obviously telling his Sesame Street babies what a travesty it is that his mother won't let him roam free!
When he first started boycotting nap time, I would notice that he would get really tired and whiny at 6:30pm or so. But lately he seems to have adjusted and is still pretty chipper when it's time for bed at 8pm on those no-nap days. This is probably good practice for next year when it's full day Kindergarten time. Seriously, did I just write that I'm going to have a Kindergartner soon enough?
So laugh away, all of those moms who've already been dealing with this phenomenon for some time. I can't say I'm happy to join your ranks, but maybe if we all just have a drink, we'll get through this together?!