Ever since our trip, which was totally well-worth it, well, things around here have been a little helter-skelter. The days are getting longer with the sun rising earlier and setting later, and Mia's bedtimes have gotten later & later. We had not intentioned to not honor a strict bedtime for her, but it just wasn't happening how it normally does. Then this week, she had a really high fever two nights in a row, and woke up extremely warm and uncomfortable. She ended up sleeping with us the rest of those nights and slept much more soundly.
Yesterday she even slept past 9am, which is a rarity for her, and took a good afternoon nap and after she woke up, fell asleep on me on the couch for about another hour. That (her sleeping on me outside of her room) never happens either.
So on a day like today, when we had a birthday party playdate to attend and you'd think all the commotion and even the sugar high would send her crashing this afternoon, she is instead thrashing in her crib, rolling around shouting "Noooo!" from time to time. Now, I sit here blogging so I'm able to piece some sentences together, but when she acts like this, I feel like I can't get anything done, or truly relax, until I know she's asleep. Does anyone else feel like that? Am I the only mom whose successes for the day sometimes hinge on the completion of a good solid nap?
I feel fickle being so focused on this nap-thing, and when I talk to other moms, especially those with more than one child, it just sounds like something of which they eventually have to let go. Either their children have long since stopped napping, or they have too many to coordinate perfect nap schedules (baby sleeps in AM, toddler in PM), or once one goes to sleep, they have to wake them up to pick up an older sibling from school. Knowing how crucial it seems for Mia now to get good sleep (especially after being so feverish earlier in the week), I don't know what I'd do if she didn't take a nap. Probably acquiesce to her demands and let her watch Elmo while I try to get something done. For real. I hate to say it, but it's true. TV is sometimes a crutch when it needn't be.
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So my question to other moms out there is, what do you do when you've tried all your tricks (diaper changes, extra drinks, soothing, etc.) and your child doesn't nap? How do you handle it and how do you keep yourself from turning into a crazy-angry-zombie mom?? Is this just a bunch of much ado about nothing?
And now, while after I vent, and have said a quick prayer (yes, sometimes I pray about naps), she is asleep. *Sigh*
Children. Don't know how to live with 'em sometimes, but can't live without 'em, it seems. Always a blessing.