I thought that I would have so much time as a stay at home mom. I thought I would be able to accomplish everything during nap times and then be super active mom when Grace was awake. We would do crafts, cook, have play dates, etc and everything would be easy.
I was delusional.
Yes, we do go on play dates. And occasionally we do color or try to attempt something crafty. But accomplishing anything else, especially housework or cooking, is nearly impossible. Why? Because Grace is a horrible napper.
I've been hesitant to write this because it makes me feel like a huge failure. How hard can it be to get your child to nap? For me, nearly impossible. I take that back, she will nap, but only when I'm holding her. Yep, you read that right, my nearly 15 month old will not nap in her crib or anywhere else but on me. Trust me, I've tried. She's been sleeping through the night in her crib for months without any trouble and bedtime at night is easy. I give her a bottle, cuddle and rock her for a few minuets, put her in the crib awake, and within minutes after a tiny bit of whining, she's out for the night. So why can't she nap in there during the day?? It baffles me.
So these past few weeks, I've been on a mission to get her to nap in the crib. I have been keeping a strict routine and it actually seems like it might be working. It has been hard. We have to make sure we're home by a certain time each day and that she doesn't fall asleep in the car. If she falls asleep in the car, it throws off the whole routine. A few minutes before nap time (11ish) I start telling her that it is about time to take a nap. I give her a few minutes to play and repeat myself. I then tell her it's time to go to her room and to grab ladybug (her lovey.) Generally I carry her into her room although today she grabbed ladybug and walked towards her room whining the entire time. We sit in the glider and read 2 books. I cuddle her for a few minutes and then I put her in the crib. I then let her cry until she goes to sleep. Last week, she would scream for an hour before she would go to sleep. This week, she's only been crying for about 10 minutes. That's huge progress in my book! I know crying it out does not work for everyone, but it's the only thing that has worked for us so please save the mean comments. She is currently going on 20 minutes of nap time so far today and I am thrilled.
Now the struggle is this, after about 45 minutes napping, she wakes up. If I go get her, she falls asleep on me and sleeps for another hour or so. If I let her cry, she'll keep crying for ever. I just don't know what to do about this! She is still tired after the 45 minutes. Any suggestions?
I never ever thought that sleep would be such a huge issue as a mom. I feel like my whole life revolves around getting her to sleep sometimes!!
And now, for a cute picture. Fast asleep Saturday morning in bed with mommy and daddy. In 2T pajamas by the way!