Sunday, July 10, 2011

Naps and Ben

Ben seemed to go from three naps a day to one almost overnight. Generally, when it's time for that period, he grabs his snuggle bear and his silky blue blanket, raises one in each hand overhead and wants to be picked up and taken to sleep. It's quite adorable. He reminds me of Linus.

I've never been a big proponent of the whole cry-it-out (CIO) method because it a) stresses me out b) leaves the kid with a ridiculously runny nose and/or c) a pile of spit up/puke to clean up. Yeah, Josh would get himself SO worked up, he'd throw up. Then, not only did you not get a kid down for a nap, you were having to do laundry and clean carpets... it was a jolly good ole time. Drew wasn't quite that bad. Ben... we're vacillating between the two. And... it's annoying.

Generally, he goes for a nap about 3-4 hours after he gets up... this can be from 1-3 hours, just depending on how tired he is. Today, it was about one. Which really sucks because you get NOTHING done. So, since he was up... oh, FIVE HOURS AGO... he HAS to have another nap or he's going to be the devil incarnate by 8pm when it's time to go to sleep for the night. But, he doesn't WANT to nap right now so he's throwing absolutely everything in his playpen over the edge, standing up staring it at while screaming and gagging on the running nose trauma he's causing himself.... it's beyond annoying. I've already been in there once... and frankly, I don't know what else to do other than LET him CIO and go the heck to sleep.... GRR

Wouldn't you just kill for someone to say, "You know, sweetie... you're tired. You go lay down and take a nap. I'll quietly pick up the rest of the house, do some laundry and have you a great snack ready when you wake up." Wouldn't that be a dream?

Kids... they have no idea how FANTASTIC they've got it.

Little turds.


1 comment:

chksngr said...

Jayden never cried...he would just sit up there and never go to sleep. Noah goes to sleep if we put him in his crib,or he plays with the books or stuffies in his bed. BUT....if we MISS the nap time for Noah, oh, Holy Heavens, you would think we were ripping off his arm. and there are no tears...just screaming at the top of his lungs until he chokes. I'm glad I work on those days.