Oh boy dear readers I am at a loss. I know these troubles are not ones specifically to me, and that all mother’s go through this, which is why I am reaching out to you for help and suggestions. I am fully aware that any time I get used to a schedule it will change, but for some reason I find this new change extremely frustrating. What am I referring to? Well the ever changing nap schedule of course. What am I to do??
Thinking back, I feel that I always had a bit of trouble with naps when it comes to my son. For a while he wouldn’t take them, then I would have to hold him to nap, and then FINALLY I got him to nap in his crib. I did this by rocking him to almost sleep, and this my friends worked and he was taking 2 nice naps a day. This has been happening for a while now and I liked it.
During his naps is when I work. On average I got about 3 hours to myself a day (two 1 1/2 hour naps on average..sometimes more sometimes less). I knew how to plan my day, as well as other activities and that felt good. I was happy and he was happy. This is till about 2 weeks ago when Christian decided to change the rules.
It started with him not allowing me to rock him to sleep. He would get to almost asleep, and he would POP up and squirm out of my arms. So I said fine….you will just go in the crib. This is when he’d scream and cry, to which of course I was a sucker and took him out. He mainly would do this in the afternoon, so I decided it was time to let him cry it out. For a few days he was asleep in 10 minutes. Wooo hoo I had done it!
Not so much…we now have no real schedule at all. Throw in a little day light savings time and we are really screwed up. If I try to put him down at 10:30 then he’s up normally before 12…which leaves him exhausted by late afternoon without an afternoon nap. Some people say to try to hold out till around 12, but even if I could get him to hold out that long, I think I’d be stuck at home all day. Why? Because my son sleeps in the car ALL THE TIME! So if I ran any errands in the morning I think he would fall asleep and ruin the afternoon nap. So when do I get out of the house?
As you can see I’m lost. I am not sure why this frustrates me so much. I don’t think it’s necessarily the loss of the “me” time I liked so much. I think it’s the lack of the schedule. Or the fact that the lack of a schedule has left my son cranky. I try to explain to him that he’d be happier with 2 naps, but he just doesn’t seem to care. I knew he’d drop a nap, but I thought I had more time…boooooo