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The demise of the nap

The demise of the nap - Rosalie

I used to love Rosalie’s nap time – she would reliably sleep for two or sometimes three hours, giving me plenty of time to do some housework, ‘real’ work or some blogging, and maybe even drink a hot cup of tea!

Some days I would long for nap time to come quicker because she was being particularly difficult, but most of the time it was just part of our routine – we would have a lovely morning together, eat lunch, then go up for some stories and I would settle her down for her nap. I relied on that little bit of down time to collect my thoughts, and emotionally recharge.

Rosalie turned two just before Christmas and around this time, I think probably because of all the excitement, she didn’t really have her afternoon nap. We coped because it was the holidays, there were lots of new toys to keep her amused and Daddy was around to help out and take some of the tiredness tantrum stress.

When January came and Jim went back to work I tried really hard to get Rosalie back into her old routine, and although it took a few days, we fell back into it and I breathed a huge sigh. I was not ready for her to drop the nap, although I knew it would surely happen before too long.

And now that time has come.

She has been fighting her nap for the past few months, but I’ve been desperately clinging to it, trying to call it ‘quiet time’ which in reality means she trashes her room, stuffs her teddies into the chest of drawers, then drags the boxes of baby clothes from the wardrobe and climbs inside the cupboard in their place.

So, you see, I have had a few weeks to prepare myself for this moment, getting my head around the idea of having no time to collect my scattered wits, but it’s frustrating because I know she would still benefit from a nap because she gets seriously crazy in the afternoons, and crashes out as soon as her head hits the pillow at bedtime, but you can’t force someone to sleep if they don’t want to.

I was really hoping we could drag ‘quiet time’ out for a few more months. Sadly this isn’t going to happen. We started potty training this week. It’s going really well. So well in fact that she doesn’t want to wear a nappy for nap time. The last two afternoons, after an hour of room trashing, I have gone up to find a naked little bottom bouncing around the bed! There haven’t been any accidents yet, but I’m not sure I want to risk it. And if she did happen to fall asleep with her nappy off, then that’s quite literally an accident waiting to happen.

So that’s it. The demise of the nap.

I can’t really complain, we’re lucky that she always sleeps through the night, and it means I get to spend lots of extra time with my baby girl.

Now when to fit in doing the housework?

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8 Comments

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    Tinyfootsteps Blog
    March 25, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

    This strikes fear into me, Jess. Nap time keeps me sane.

    I'm glad potty training is going well, though. 🙂

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

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    Katie @mummydaddyme
    March 27, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    This genuinely makes me freaked out too! My eldest napped until she went to school! And LL is still napping at 3. I guess when the time comes I will just have to get used to it. 😉 Glad potty training is going well. x

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    Carie @ Space for the Butterflies
    March 27, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    My girls have both stopped naps at about 2, and I have a funny feeling that Pip won't be far behind. I'd love it if they would nap longer but at the same time it does mean more time for fun and adventures. As for the housework – give her a duster and a baby wipe and have her follow along with you?

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    Jess Eliot
    March 29, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    I am slightly worried for my sanity! xx

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    Jess Eliot
    March 29, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    That's amazing! Maybe LL will be the same? It's taking some getting used to but we'll get into a new routine soon I'm sure xx

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    Jess Eliot
    March 29, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    You're right about the extra time for fun and adventures 🙂 I'll give the duster & babywipe trick a go! x

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    Hannah Tasker
    March 29, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Mine all stopped napping about 2 years old too, my littlest at 11 months has decided at some days one nap is quite enough.

    The transition phase is hard isnt it, where they cant quite manage a full day without getting overtired.

    I dont mind them not napping, but I really miss that little bit of 'me' time. (That I spend hanging out the washing or emptying the dishwasher!) Glad the toilet training is going well 🙂

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    Jess Eliot
    March 31, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    The transition phase is really hard Hannah, a few evenings she's crashed out at dinner time, and most afternoons she's crazy with over-tiredness, but she just won't nap! xx

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