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The other day, I went home from work after lunch to take care of M.

When I got home, Hubby had her fed and she was happily playing in the living room.

I knew nap time would be my chore.

So, I did what any other sensible mother would do….

I took her to the playground to tire her out!

It worked out perfectly.  She was out there for about a half an hour running around.  I brought bubbles with me, so she would run after the bubbles.  Then she would go up and down the slide.  It was so much fun!  It’s definitely interesting to see how her playtime at the playground is evolving as she is getting older.

After the playground, we went back to our apartment and I washed her up.

I let her play on the iPad a little bit to wind down.  She started asking for milk so I gave her some.

After about 15 minutes on the iPad, I turned it off, turned off all the lights, and set the tone for naptime.

It took about half an hour for her to actually fall asleep, and I did promise that she would be able to watch Super Why when she woke up…

But.. it worked!  She fell asleep!

So you say to yourself, “Big deal!  I get my child to nap all the time!”

Well, being a working mom, I’m not usually home for this nap.  So, when I am home during this naptime, she gets so excited that I’m home, she resists the nap.  There have been many times that I have been home at this time and she will completely skip the nap!

So, getting her to nap during this afternoon nap time is like a little victory for me!

You know you’re a parent when a successful naptime is the highlight of your day..

Mommy wins!!

Yesterday, I picked up M early from work.

We had a cute little lunch date at Boston Market, then we went home because it was her afternoon nap time.

We got home.. and she was just not sleepy.. not even a little bit.  She never yawned, sucked her thumb, or gave me any indication that she was tired.

She was just so excited to be home with me, all she wanted to do was play..

I tried to hold her and sway her.  I tried to lie down with her and tried to get her to wind down.  I tried to turn all the lights off and turn the tv off.

None of it worked.  She just wanted to spend time with me.

So.. I gave in. 

We had afternoon snacks, and we played.  We colored.  We sang.  We danced. 

I was hoping to tire her out so she could take a quick nap.. but she never did.

I was anticipating a very grumpy, tired girl by dinner time.  However, I was pleasantly surprised at how great she was.

I thought she was going to go to bed by 8 or 9 pm.  She was starting to show signs of sleepiness by then.  Her eyes were getting droopy, she was yawning more.. but still not a grumpy outburst at all.

Eventually, by 10pm, after her bath and night time routine, she looked at me and said, “go bed?”

So, she had some milk and off to bed we went.

It didn’t take any more than 5 minutes and she was out!

It was awesome!  She didn’t stall at all!  It was a wonderful feeling!

Ok.. I know naps are still important at this age.. but her lack of afternoon nap resulted in the best bed time ever!

It’s nice to get those little breaks in the system..

 


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