Under normal circumstances, I love nap time! However, lately nap time has involved a lot less napping.
I was looking at photos of my son back in our breastfeeding days and I fondly remembered a time when he would fall asleep in my arms with a full belly. It seems like so long ago I can hardly believe that used to happen with regularity.
These days, nap time looks nothing like that. These days there is hammering, and shouting, and boxes of toys emptied everywhere. Sounds like fun, eh?
There are several reasons nap time has started to make me a VERYveryvery anxious mom.
I don’t know when, or why, or how nap time has involved so much not-sleeping, but I have identified some major issues.
If hate hearing hammering or the sound of a googolplex of toys being dumped out of the toy box. That most definitely means sleep is NOT happening. I’ve tried my best to play peaceful music that often puts me to sleep, but that is just too boring for this busy toddler.
If my son is sleeping somewhere not designed for sleep, it’s a trick. It frightens me that he pretends to sleep whenever I catch him somewhere he is not supposed to be. I’m tellin’ you, the kid is as clever as a velociraptor.
Everything is Under the Covers Except for a Sleeping Child
I have had more than a few surprises lately when I have attempted to disrupt incorrect napping or party time or whatever time my toddler thinks it is. I go to tuck my son back into bed, but instead find helipads, and Starscream, and Minions, and cars, and whatever else has been piled under the covers.
Child Looks Physically Different after Nap Time
Just the other day my son totally co-operated at nap time without resistance, but (and this is a big but) after nap he looked a little different. He had stickers on his face, arms, inner thighs, diaper, and also the door, bookshelf, and a few other toys. Silence is always suspicious, especially at nap time.
It is my greatest hope that just as suddenly as nap time has started failing, it will suddenly correct itself. It scares me to think that I might not be able to take my own naps or occupy nap time however I chose. This motherhood thing is tough.
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