Oh Nap Time, How I Miss Thee

by Heligirl on February 27, 2010

in Daily Ramblings,Parenting Tidbits

It’s been several weeks, months even, since Sweetness took a regular nap. So many mothers told me I could look forward to afternoon rest while my little bundle of joy took a nap every afternoon until just before she started kindergarten. Oh how I curse those people. My little precious princess turns 2 1/2 in 19 days and naps have been mostly non-existent since just around her second birthday.

I’ve been way too protective of my “mommy time” though. My female offspring unit is put in her sleep sack (she still prefers the ‘sack’ to covers, but I have to put it on backwards to discourage it’s removal) and tucked into bed every day around 2 pm for at least 90 minutes. Her daycare provider tells me that it is recommended children under the age of five have this “quiet time.” While a part of me believes this statistic was compiled by a flock of sleep deprived and overly exhausted mommies with child development degrees (the same people who brought you the year-long school year), I’m giving this advice as much weight as the importance of vaccinating, putting baby to sleep on his/her back and breast feeding the first year. “They” say she needs it. Who am I to question “them?”

So, as I sit here and bide my time while my Trader Joe’s Mandarin Orange Chicken cooks, I can see on the monitor in Sweetness’s room (installed by Daddy and not to be removed until she moves out) the following items:  an empty sleep sack (should I be thrilled she’s mastered unzipping a zipper going down her back? Perhaps preparation for wearing dresses?), toys and books all over her bed, and no Sweetness. My ears tell me she’s at her piano. While I hate to squelch her potential to follow in Gowan’s footsteps (even though by the sound of it she has a loooooooooooooooong way to go there), I think I’ll need to go in and have a few choice words with her highness. Quiet time is “quiet” after all.

It’s going to be a long second 2 1/2 years, especially when her brother’s naps don’t seem to want to happen during her “quiet time.” Damn I’m feeling old.

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