Monday, October 13, 2008


Naps are my nemesis. Colin has been belligerently tired for days now. He has been crying, fussy, and generally extremely unhappy. This is not like Colin in the least and I have been so worried about him. It seemed that every day without two naps, things just got worse. Yesterday was a particularly rough day with Colin and I both so physically exhausted that the memory of the day is hazy. Today, I woke up on a mission. I decided that Colin was taking a morning nap and I was going to do everything that I could to make it happen. He woke up for the day at 6:20am and I put him down for his nap at 9:00. He protested loudly. I went back in a couple of times to replace his pacifier that he had thrown angrily across the room. After 30 minutes, I took his clean blankets out of the dryer and took them into his crib. It was so funny...he cried for another 30 seconds, realized that I had given him deliciously toasty warm clean blankies, and fell promptly to sleep. He slept for two solid hours. He woke up in a wonderful mood! We had lunch together and got our Monday grocery shopping all done with no problems. Colin was adorable and happy for the whole trip, even back to showing his dimples to anyone who would look at him. We got home and after putting all the groceries away, I decided to throw caution to the wind and try for his regular afternoon nap too. He went right down. I was really blown away. He then slept for almost two more hours. The poor little man was beyond exhausted. After waking up, he was a joy all evening. He let me cook dinner, played with his Daddy and Enzo, and laughed all night long. He ate a nice big dinner, did not cry at all, and then went right to bed at 7:30 0n the dot. So what does this mean? I DON'T KNOW! I am so confused. I just don't know where we are heading with this. I will be putting Colin down again tomorrow for the morning nap on time and play the day by ear. He was obviously in desperate need for sleep. I get the feeling that he is probably going to go back to the old schedule until he is well rested again and then go back to fighting two naps. I guess this will work itself out, but I sure do hope it does not take too long. It is hard to plan our days when I don't know what naps are going to be like, not to mention that when Colin does not nap properly, he is in such a fussy mood that I can't really run errands like I normally would. Not to mention that the poor baby is wearing himself out. I guess time will tell.


Shannon said...

I wouldn't stress. There no hard and fast rule on naps. If he needs 2 naps, he needs 2 naps.

I sure as hell need 2 naps too! :)

Kate has forced me to pull 2 allnighters in a row. I am so non-functions and cranky. I don't know how I lived a full year with this little sleep. I hate to do it, but I'm not turning on the monitor tonigt (well maybe).

Anonymous said...

Yes, it will work itself out. You will wind up on a set schedule in a couple of months. With Gabby, we went back and forth between 1 and 2 naps depending on what she seemed to need that day. I remember doing that from the time she was about 13 months until about 16 months. We just made sure if she did take a morning nap that we didn't let her sleep too long.

One thing that worked for us when we started closing in on just one nap...we would go to a park or a some outing from around 9 to 11, around the time where if Gabby was at home she would start getting sleepy...but the extra stimulation kept her up. Then on the drive home, she would snooze in the car for 20 minutes. The 20 minutes was enough to bridge the gap before the afternoon nap. Not so much that she wouldn't take it, but just enough she could make it until lunch was over.

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