Friday, April 4, 2008

Saying Goodbye to Nap Time

No, I'm not talking about myself, I still find SOME time of day to squeeze in at least an hour of a nap. I'm talking about Miah. I always hated that age when my kids grew out of their nap time. Mostly because I enjoy that quiet time SO much. You always know when they're ready though. They stop sleeping during that time and either escape, or just lay in their bed talking to themselves.

Jake out grew his nap extremely early. I think he had JUST turned 2. Although he started sleeping through the night at 6 weeks, he never needed MUCH sleep to get through the day. I, of course, tried to drag his nap need out longer than 2 years, but it just wasn't worth the fighting at a specific point, so it ended. Now he'll stay up for hours and hours and just never be tired. He's like Einstein or whoever that amazingly smart person was who only took 30 minute naps every few hours instead of sleeping at night. He doesn't need the sleep, his body works just fine with very little.

Kora's took a lot longer to end, or has it? She's a sleeper and needs lots of it. Even now, by 6pm you can tell her attitude and personality are failing because of her need for sleep. I stopped actually MAKING her take a nap when she was about 4 but not for the same reasons I stopped making Jake. The problem was, when she fell asleep, she was down for HOURS. Like 3-4. That would then leave us with a child who would never go to bed at night, which to me, is much more annoying. Everyone used to tell me to keep giving her a nap but just wake her up after 1.5 or 2 hours. Well, everyone who said that didn't have to live with her. Waking up Kora when she's not ready to be woken up is like dangling a delicious drumstick in front of a alligator. I tried it once, and that's all it took to teach me never to do it again. Although she doesn't take a regularly scheduled nap each day, she DOES fall asleep at random times of the day every day. Whether it be during a car trip or when I take a nap and she ends up snuggling up right beside me, she takes a nap. She just needs her sleep, like me.

That brings us to Miah. The past few weeks he's been escaping from his bed during nap time. When I threaten to beat his butt if he does or bribe him with something delicious when he wakes up, he'll stay in the bed, but he isn't asleep. I can hear him in there with his gorilla just talking away. So, I think the time has come to give up on this nap thing with him. He's almost a perfect mix between Kora and Jake because he'll go to bed when you put him down, even if it's 7pm. But on the other hand, he doesn't need MUCH sleep because he's always up by 7:30am no matter what time he goes to bed which is usually 9. Today was the decision day because I told him before I put him down that we were going to Pop's house tonight. He got all excited because that's his FAVORITE place to go. I told him if he didn't stay in his bed and go ninite, he couldn't go with us. So, he stayed in there. He's in there right now. But is he asleep? No. He's waiting for me to go in there and give him permission to be "done" with his nap.

That's okay, I have no children that nap anymore, but that won't be for long. It makes me sad because it's a symbol of their growth. As much as I threaten them ALL to never grow up or I'll be SUPER mad, they still do. I just have to get used to it. That's part of being a mother. I better go get my Miah now...

5 comments:

SM said...

I hate when they grow out of naps, too! Or worse, when they no longer TAKE naps, but they still NEED them, like Addison!

Bill and Tara said...

You are right, but isn't it so fun to sit and listen to them talk to their animals during nap time?

Jess said...

Kora sounds like me when I'm woke up! I'm vicious! And I could nap everyday at anytime! My husband swears my parents put me in the car as a baby to get me to fall asleep b/c it never fails...I fall asleep almost every time I step foot in the car...doesn't make for a good combination if I am the driver, though!

Valinda said...

All 3 of mine are still forced to sit and be quiet for 2 hours a day(if they are home between 1&3) the older two can take a couple books but my sanity can't give up the quiet. So maybe if you change the format you can still get your time in! Good luck!

Lindsay said...

that sounds like Raymond. He's always talking upstairs whenever he's supposed to be napping. it's really cute... because sometimes he'll sing.