Friday, June 8, 2012

A Farewell to Naps.

I've been putting off writing this post now for the past couple of weeks, not quite wanting to believe it was true, but alas, it seems official: Ava no longer naps. *sob*

It started the week I was off in mid-May with Ava straight up refusing to nap for five days in a row. Apparently that's all you need to form a habit, because since then, the majority of days, Ava doesn't nap. In fact, she hasn't napped once all week :(

I'm sad over this, but only a little. To be honest, if I was a stay-at-home mother, this may be more of a loss for me. I'm not, though, and it seems more often than not that trying to find a way to cater to Ava's naptime is a pain, with me frequently having to drag her in and out of the car while sound asleep - an anxiety-yielding situation for anyone. I will admit that come 5pm I'm ready to pull my hair out, but that's because she turns into a temperamental little firecracker once her need for sleep catches up with her. My drive home everyday has turned into a comedy of errors with me doing whatever it takes to keep her awake. Bad mother confession: I frequently resort to feeding her snacks and even candy to keep her up in the car, because a nap at 5pm means bedtime is shot all to pieces!

Still, as much potential as this transition may hold to make my working life easier, it seems yet another tangible sign that my baby is, well, no longer a baby. Any second now, I'm going to kiss her goodbye at her Kindergarten classroom and go home to dye my gray hairs and get fitted for orthodics! I mean, reallly, how has this happened?

I'm trying to look forward, and be excited for all that the future and her preschool years holds - ballet lessons, her first day of preschool, our final farewell to diapers - and I am, but a part of my heart hurts to say goodbye to this phase.

Perhaps it's time for another baby?


  1. I fear Presley may be headed in the same direction. This week she has barely napped. I'm hoping it's just having the new baby around that's causing this, but who knows??? And I am all for you having another little babe!!!

  2. Riley still gets in one nap a day but we are hopefully saying goodbye to her diapers very soon. She's almost got the potty training down. It's a bittersweet accomplishment for sure. Time flies so fast, I swear. I can't believe Harper is now almost 6 months old and Riley will be 2 1/2 this month! Both of my girls are growing up way too fast. Having another baby doesn't slow things down by any means. LOL. But it's been nice having someone to cuddle up with again. Riley doesn't want to curl up and sleep with me anymore but Harper is all for it. :-)

  3. I hear you on the naps. We've been struggling with them for a while now, but he still naps at daycare so ... i dunno. Obvs he has more fun with Mommy & Daddy!!! :)

    I TOTALLY hear you on the bittersweet feelings of the kiddos growing up. It makes me so sad... and yes, I have baby fever BAD. BAD. Luckily it seems like there are plenty around to feed that fever until we are ready to add to our little family of 3. :) How about you??? ;)

  4. It's definitely a bittersweet process. I'm so looking forward to what's to come, but I hate that they're growing up so fast! Jack naps very consistently at daycare still, but on the weekends it's basically whatever goes. If we're home I try to get him down for a nap and if we're out, I let him sleep in the car. He fights naps but he still needs them. Last weekend he slept for 3 hours one day and then didn't go to bed until 10:30! I can't have that! I am with you on doing whatever is necessary to keep him awake though! I hate it but we gotta do what we gotta do. :)

    And yay for the possibility of another!! I wish I could, but we're definitely waiting until next year.


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