Nixing Nap Time

Ask any mom with young kids and I'm sure she will tell you how sacred nap time is... and not just for our little ones! In our house, nap time gives me a good two to three hours to bang out chores, pay bills, squeeze in a stress relieving work out, catch up with phone calls, or simply enjoy some quiet time with a cup of tea. Over the years, I have started to depend on these precious hours. After all, I can cross off a lot of stuff on my to-do list while my sweet little guy is soundly sleeping.

So, imagine my surprise this week, when my typically great napper has seemingly decided that catching some z's during the day is no longer part of his plan. We go about our daily routine like normal, but when nap time rolls around, Brody refuses to get any shut eye. Instead, he'll pull out every book off his book shelves, sing songs, or fidgets with other things in his room. If that doesn't get my attention, Brody resorts to yelling "I'm awake mom" or " I love you so much mom" repeatedly from his bedroom. Of course I can't help but smile when I hear this, but I immediately march up to his room and try to lay him back down again. I've tried removing all the books from his room and even snuggling with him for a while...but to no avail.

The no napping routine has happened for the past few days. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this has been nothing more than a flukey week. Maybe the sounds of warmer weather keep him up, or it's the result of summer sunlight peaking through his blinds. I guess I wouldn't be able to resist the outdoors calling my name either. Whatever the reason, I'm hopeful to get back on track! These sleepless days usually lead to a very hyper or cranky kiddo when evening arrives. Not to mention a mommy who still has a laundry list of things to get through around then house.

Brody turns three next month. I was really hoping I could take advantage of nap time for at least another year. What's the story in your house? I'd love to hear how old your kids were when they said sayonara to daily naps. In the meantime, I plan to go with the flow and not lose sleep over this new development. Bye for now!

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Kristina Uelk
Kristina Uelk is the host of MomsEveryday in Michiana.

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