Our big problem is that The Nugget's normal nap time falls about 2:00PM. When I say "normal", I mean this is the schedule that she has set for herself over the course of time. She just tends to get tired about that time of day. With the daycare schedule as it is, she is now arriving for a play date when she would normally be napping. Knowing this going into the situation, I attempted to plan accordingly.
Our first plan of attack was to have a snack upon returning home and then take a short nap (30-45 minutes). WRONG. She kept waking up a whining, fussing wreck. Okay, we'll try for an hour. WRONG. If possible, even a whinier, grumpier mess. Okay...I guess I'll try letting her sleep as long as she feels like (which, up to this point in her life, is what she is used to). WRONG. Is it possible that she is an even WHINIER, fussier child than ever? FRICK!
I don't see The Nugget a lot on weekdays. The first time I see her Monday-Friday is when I get home at 4:00PM. She is in bed by 8:00PM. I don't want to spend the little time I have with her yelling, "Cut it out! You're
So, I'm trying to drop the nap. I, like many parents, was hoping she would nap until at least age 17, but it's just not working for us anymore. Last night was our first trial, and she had such a great night! It was clear she was a bit tired, but SO much more pleasant and easy to be with. I liked hanging out with her again. I adjusted her bed time earlier to help make up for any lost sleep, and she went down without a hitch and did great. We'll keep trying this approach; it sure makes us both a lot happier! Of course, I'll miss my
And now, gratuitous cuteness from Halloween: