Thursday, July 10, 2014

I Hate Naps!!!

Naptime, you are not my friend.

I know I know...this puts me at odds with just about every other mother out there.  

Every other mother seems to love naps. 

 I hate them.

Even after 4 kids, I still can't figure them out. 

The problem is I'm too loosey-goosey and unstructured to consider naptime sacrosanct and never leave the house during naptime.

And, I'm too uptight to be all, whatever, take a nap at 4:00 PM and then stay up until 10:30 PM, no problem. 

Which means that naptime is always a constant struggle, once my babies get past the age of just napping everywhere and all the time.  

Oh sure...on days we don't leave the house until at least 3:00 PM it's fine. 

 But, if we go anywhere before 3:00 PM, it's a pain in the you-know-what because it means that depending on how much sleep the toddler got the night before, she could fall asleep anywhere from 10 AM to 2 PM (only napping for 45-60 minutes).  And, 45-60 minutes isn't long enough to get a decent break, so all the hassle of getting her down for a nap (usually involves 15 minutes of nursing and slinging) and scheduling it around other activities doesn't seem worth it.  

But, she still needs it. 

Belly hanging out and all


Taking her in the car to go anyplace could easily end up in a 10-minute car nap that as my mom would say "doesn't cut the mustard" but totally precludes any longer nap for several more hours..which leads to the aforementioned 4:00 PM nap and up to 10:30 PM  scenario.    And lots of times, we want and need to go places before 3:00 PM. I refuse to have my older kids miss out on coops or park days or field trips or classes because it interferes with naptime. 

 Which means we have to cram naps around other activities, since she is now mostly too old to nap when out and about.   

Going someplace in the morning, means she is likely to have that 10-minute car nap on the way home.  

Going someplace in the early afternoon means we have to somehow cram nap and lunch in before 1:00 PM.

Staying home all the time is boring. 

And so, I eagerly await the day when she gives up naps all together.  

Anyone else with me?  Or am I the only weird, nap-hating mother out there?
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13 comments:

  1. I'm with you. Six kids, and I still haven't figured it out. Right now, we're in this game ..... Get the baby down for a nap, then go pee. Realize that the toddler is melting down .... "oh yes, she needs a nap". Rock with her for 20 minutes, fingers crossed that she will fall asleep. As soon as she is down, reheat my cold coffee, then hear the baby cry, since he is up.

    Argh.

    I give up. The only time I can get them to take a nap together, is if I lay down with them. That's the kiss of death for me, since I will fall asleep too!

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    1. Yes..I try to avoid lying down my babies or toddlers. It always leads to me falling asleep when I don't intend to. I hate doing that.

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  2. Amelia I am with you too! I have never met anybody else who hates naps like I do, mostly because I NEED the kids to have an early bedtime. In fact my almost 20 month old has not napped for a month because I am a mean mom and keep her up. If she naps she's awake till 9 at the earliest and the boys go to bed at 7. So she doesn't nap and we start the bedtime process at 6 and she wakes up around 7 the next morning. And quite honestly she does get a little cranky in the afternoon but it passes with a nursing session and some cuddles and before she was waking up from nap cranky anyway. So yeah, I totally relate. :)

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    2. I can't wait until my toddler gives up naps and I can put her to bed EARLY. I LOVE early betimes. Makes the night seem so much longer (and I NEED a longer night!).

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  3. I'm a nap lover because they give me a MUCH needed break, but yeah I get pretty frustrated when they start ruling our lives (and the lives of those around us). I have friends I haven't seen in months because our kids have opposite naptimes, so we just can't possibly get together! So annoying...

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    1. Yeah..that would be totally annoying. I just find naps so hard to coordinate everything around.

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  4. I am a great lover of nap time. And only rarely and on very special occasions do I ever schedule things over nap time. But I've known other moms who hated naps. I think it's more of an introvert/extrovert thing than an organized/loosey-goosey thing. I was looking for an excuse to be home anyway: NAPS! But if you'd rather be out and about with the other people, naps must be a real drag.

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    1. I think you're right, that it is more of an introverted/extroverted thing. It just pains me too much to think of missing out on things so my baby can nap. The few times we miss something because the baby/toddler is napping, it's actually because I didn't really want to go anyway!

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  5. I totally agree that naps are a pain in the neck! In my book, though, they are a necessary evil. Zetti currently naps twice a day, making our leaving-the-house window a tiny 1.5 or 2hours ( from 11 or I until 1 or so. The problem is that the short non-napping window falls right during lunchtime. Once naps are over, there is usually not much time to go anywhere because I have to cook dinner. It's awful! I'm okay with one or two (or three at the most) days of messing up naps, if we have to. It's a give and take situation at our house. Sometimes I cater to the older kids and sometimes o the baby's naps. I can't wait until Zetti at least drops her morning nap!

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    1. Ugh..that 2 nap time is the worst! Thankfully when my kids were that young, they were happy to nap out in the sling or the stroller or wherver. I think around 1 is when my kids went to just 1 nap a day. Hope Zetti does that for you soon!

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  6. I have to add that I'm a homebody, though, so I definitely tolerate the time at home more than you might. I also require my older kids to have a short quiet time (45 min to an hour) during afternoon naps. That is actually a nice break for me on most days! ;)

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  7. Oh my goodness I could not parent without naps!! I have an awesome toddler who takes a 3 hour nap and still goes to bed at 8pm and I will rue the day when that comes to an end!

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