Well, it's finally happening. After four and a half long years, she's finally starting to fight her afternoon naps. You know how I'm always blogging about what a difficult baby Warren is? Well, as difficult as HE is/was, Ava was twice that in easiness. Yes, the first twelve weeks were rough, but as soon as I calmed down, she did too. She settled into two two hour naps a day, plus sleeping ten to twelve hours a night. She gave up one nap shortly after Scott was born, so I guess she was about eighteen months, but her afternoon nap stretched to about three hours. And she kept that up until last week.
So yeah, to say the very least, no matter how difficult my days have been over the last four and a half years, I've always had two to three hours of peace and quiet to look forward to. Every. Single. Afternoon. Yeah, it was annoying back when Dub wasn't napping well, but still, I just had him, because the big kids were napping. So it wasn't even that bad.
But now, I fear, dear readers, that is coming to an end. She goes into her room willingly, and then plays quietly for a while, and then she gets loud and starts coming out. Nine times out of ten, after an hour of yelling at her to get back in her room and read her books or play with her baby, anything as long as she's quiet and LEAVES ME ALONE!! what was I saying? Oh yeah, usually at the hour mark when I go in to tell her she can come out, she's fallen asleep on the floor or in the closet or halfway under the bed on her Dora couch. So, she's obviously still a little tired. She must need a nap, at least some of the time. And if I'd let her, she'd sleep for two and half hours, so that would take us to five o'clock. And yeah, I'll admit, I've done that once or twice. Or more. But I know I need to wake her butt up or she'll never go to bed. Then she'll sleep in (yeah right) and not want to nap the next day.
Sigh. I know everyone out there with normal kids who don't nap are just rolling their eyes and saying "shut up, you had four and a half years!!!" but this is a HUGE deal for me! I NEED that afternoon time! Especially now! I'm not half as tired as I was with Warren (isn't that weird?) but I'm pretty friggin tired. Even when I don't nap, I always just lay on the couch and relax while they're out. I can't give that up, at least for another four weeks or so, after I get out of the horrible first trimester. And what is she supposed to do all afternoon? Ugh.