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Nap Time Struggles

Every parent knows the nap time struggles. At some point every child gives their parents a hard time with the idea of sleeping in the middle of the day. Even Especially if said child really needs it. They are extra rebellious then.

I read somewhere that allegedly by, at, or around the age of three kids can take or leave naps. K1 will be three at the end of April, so lately I have kinda been trying to let her take the lead in the nap department. I started this after two weeks of her keeping her brother awake at nap time, thus keeping mommy from doing anything other than refereeing  That was just a touch too much for me. I would honestly rather let go of nap time than struggle through all of that. (I know that is hard to believe being nap time is my only break and “me” time, but it’s true)

Letting her lead is really not working out. I really though that maybe all of the talking to herself, jumping in bed, kicking her feet, was because she did not need to sleep. Clearly we can all gather she does not want to sleep, but as it turns out, I believe she is still in need of naps. The trick now is how to stop her from fighting it.

The past few days we have been back on with napping. The first day was on the couch, and the last couple back in her bed like normal. K2 will pass out after literally 3 minutes, without his sister there to talk to, laugh at, and encourage jumping in bed. I have been waiting for K2 to fall asleep while distracting his sister quietly, and then let her into their room to nap. Yesterday, this worked like magic. Today? I thought K2 was sleeping, or he was and we woke him up. Remember the refereeing part? Yeah that again. Sitting at the top of the stairs, waiting out two kids who just need to see me to stay in bed and calm down, is not my idea of relax or fun.

Then there is that magical time when they are both asleep, and you want to go and turn down the volume on the 18 wheeler breaking on the highway 500 yards away, because it might wake them up. Even though you know a neighbor will slam a door, a dog will bark, or you mom, will do something silly like shower or drop a plate, ending all of the magical silence that nap time brings.

I really thought I was on the page of ending naps, but it looks like my little lady still needs them, so I will have to continue this careful dance of putting them down one at a time.

How does nap time work at your house? When did your children stop napping? 


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Not Winning

We have kinda been potty training lately. I’m not quite sure how you just kinda do something like that, but have definitely have not been hardcore about it.

DD was diaper free pretty much all morning long. She likes to tell me she needs to go potty but won’t relax to actually do it.

We put a diaper on to go to the playground and then eat lunch. When I changed her diaper before nap it was soaked. Like I didn’t know she even drank that much water soaked. This is good because all morning she did not have any messes on the floor, so she was holding it.

Then came the nap time that we changed the diaper for.

She was saying “new diaper, new diaper, new diaper”. I went upstairs. She pooped, a little. When I asked her if she had more poop she said yes. We sat on the potty for 6ish minutes. Nothing. So we cleaned up the room, put a new diaper on, and back to nap.

Then she started saying “mommy in need potty”.

I thought really kid? Didn’t we just do this?

Convinced that she just didn’t want to nap and wanted me to come back up there, I let her be.

The “I need potty”, turned to “I need a new diaper”, which turned into “mommy wipe butt”.

Finally when she sounded upset and started crying saying “mommy wipe hands” I went up there.

Naked baby. Dresser contents all over the floor. Everything from her bed on the floor. Standing on a picture with a glass frame. The glass was wet, tears or urine? not sure. And poop.


She did need to go potty.

She did need a new diaper.

She did need to be wiped. Both her butt and hands.

I am terrible.

Wrong. I was so wrong.

She was not being deceptive as I calculated.

We are getting a potty seat for the big toilet today. Maybe when I don’t have to hold her on/over the seat she will be able to relax and this won’t happen.

I told her I was sorry, and wrong, and that I love her.

Now she’s napping. On her floor, in front of the gate.

What a traumatic afternoon.

Have you had a time where you miscalculated your child’s needs? What happened?


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