Thursday, July 8, 2010

Ohhh, Ava

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.

7 comments:

  1. I'm so jealous! All of mine gave up naps a little after 2 1/2. And your fav gave them up before turning 2!! But, I too still need that peace and quiet for a few moments, so I force your kids' cousins to lay down a while with a movie. Every single afternoon they all have to get their pillows and blankies and find a spot in the living room. I pull all the blinds and try to make it dark in there. They try to get smart and ask for movies that they know are short. Like a 20 minute cartoon. But, rest assured, I force them to watch an entire Disney movie every day. The rule is you cannot get up or talk until the movie is over. And if you would rather look at a book in your room on your bed, that's fine too. But, once you choose your room, you can't come out until the movie is over. Some days a couple of kids will fall asleep. Most days, I'm the only one who falls asleep. And I wake up to an empty living room. :) Hang in there. Naptime transitions are a pain in the butt!

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  2. I still make mine nap and Aubrey is almost 6!! Sometimes I make a palette on the floor and let them watch a REALLY long movie (A Bug's Life is the longest movie we own!!) while I write, chill or doze on the couch. I've also been known to give them their Leapsters in the bed and tell them as long as they stay in their room they can play!

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  3. I just found your blog. We are heading to Guam in a few months and my husband is also a submariner. Enjoy your day.

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  5. Hi Jennifer

    Had to delete the other comment. Hi Jennifer, thanks for the pre-welcome to Guam. My husband is on the Oklahoma and we are doing a change of homeport from Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery ME. Looks like I will be arriving sometime in November. I think that my husband has meet your husband. Will be nice to "know" another blogger also and we are hoping to live in Lockwood housing area.

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  6. Jen,
    Do not despair! I know that it's tough but I also know that you need your rest. I had good nappers and bad nappers as well as no-nappers and here's one thing I used to do especially when pregnant. No matter what time of day it was..if i was tired, I would lay down! My kids all knew that "mommy had a baby in her tummy" so that was always my excuse. Forcing kids to lay down is no fun and I know that it's hard for the younger ones to grasp that mommy is tired because of "baby" But a 4-5 year old should have some grasp of it. Hang in there! On the days that she sleeps you'll be better off.

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  7. What they don't all nap until they're 18?? Lord help me when mine quits napping...

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