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When A Nap Is Not Just A Nap. . .

I’m going to exercise my free will later today. . .Good luck with that.

I’m feeling all twitchy and nervous.

Seems my little darling elected to skip his nap today. 

What un-nerves me the most about this afternoon?

The fact that Mac seems to have made a conscious decision not to nap.

He went to the stairs with his wubbies at the typical time, like he wanted a nap.  We went upstairs and I placed him in his crib uneventfully.

And about 5 minutes later:  BAM!  Nana-nana-na-na!

It’s as if he thought about it for a short time and reconsidered.

The feeling of the power shifting was so forceful, it made my fillings rattle.

But I’m a stubborn old hag and I don’t give up easily.

We tried a snack.  We tried some quiet playtime and books.  We tried the sleepy wrap. . .

Turns out stubborn mommies make stubborn off-spring.

I put him back in the crib again. . .not too long from the time he should be getting AWAKE from his nap.

And then I listened to him making duck noises for the next 30 minutes.

Finally, the quacking ceased.

Then the UPS guy came roaring up the street putting Satan’s Lap Hound on high alert.  Incessant barking ensued.

All I could do was laugh very, very quietly from the basement bathroom where I had sequestered myself in an effort to make as little noise as possible.

I held the baby monitor to my ear waiting for the inevitable. . .

There was barely a peep.

Still, in the whooshing noise of the baby monitor, I heard something else loud and clear:

The power has shifted. . .And I’m not getting it back.

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  1. Ha! The whole sequestering yourself to the basement bathroom thing made me LAUGH. I sit in total silence at the kitchen table and blog at naptime. I find we can be more noisy at night, but during naps I am anal about it. Because 1 missed nap seems to mean a week of disorganized chaos around here. Funny how that happens.

    When The Kid refuses to nap, I will think I’m in the clear and then I hear “ADA!”. So cute and annoying at the very same time.

    Here’s hoping it was just a one-off . . .

  2. Ayanti Guha says:

    I totally sympathize! It’s the last frontier for us isn’t it? But kids who are growing up suddenly tend to commit this unfeeling, unwarranted and extremely inconvenient action. They become involved in so many other things that an afternoon nap is pooh-poohed away into insignificance.

    But give it another week to be sure it’s not a fluke. Till he turns 2 or 2.5 years I guess she’ll nap in the afternoon, especially if you put him in a playschool (like I did mine when he was 22 months).

    Best of luck and keep a Plan B handy for the worst case scenario.

    • Deni Lyn says:

      Thanks for the advice! He slept well yesterday, so I think it likely was a fluke. He’s generally quite agreeable to a nap. And I work really hard to make sure he’s tired when the time comes. 🙂 I read somewhere even children as old as 4 still at least need some “quiet time.” I’ll let you know how that works out for us. Ha!

  3. Too much world to get to know Momma! Nap will probably return in full force tomorrow as he plays catch-up from today…

  4. I’m sure I would have heard that power shift, too, if the bots hadn’t been making so much noise during their naptime.