we've officially hit the stage where River does everything in his willpower to NOT sleep.
I seriously thought he would be my child that took naps (willingly) until kindergarten.. or at least until he was 4?! He loves sleep. He requires lots of it. And he has always been great at taking a nap.. like a supa long at least 3 hour nap too.
I could have counted on one hand the number of naps he refused to take in his entire life. (not counting when he was transitioning his naps)
that is until 3 months ago.
Now he's been putting up a pretty darn good fight too. sometimes playing in his bed for 3 hours until he falls asleep. (I know, Im sure its ridiculous that I let him fight it that long. Or maybe its normal?)
Ive seen a bunch of my friends say their kids did the same thing and they stuck it out and their kids all the sudden went back to napping so thats what Ive done as well.
This last week he actually went back to taking a nap. Who knows if it will stick. (currently he is in his room singing and talking to who knows who?!)
I'll still have "rest time" no matter what because he needs to rest and take a break and calm down or else he goes crazy... like out of control, testosterone hyper, crazy.
This was one day he told me for hours he wasnt tired.. and 2 seconds later :
I took advantage and got lots of pictures of him quietly snoozing away.
Nothing sweeter than a quiet child sleeping.. ;)
I was in his room banging and making tons of noise .. out like a light.
the crazy thing is if he falls asleep - he wants to sleep for at least 3 hours. So I know he is tired.
(or I assume he is since he sleeps for song long once he does fall asleep?!)
I normally end up having to wake him up.
finally starting to wake up:
so confused.. why are you in here snappin me sleeping?
here's what happens if he doesnt nap.. he wants to crash right at 3 or 4:00 on the couch:
I do know eventually we are headed towards no naps because when he does nap he has the hardest time falling asleep at night.
Sometimes he will toss and turn until 10:00 unable to fall asleep. So, as much as I want to keep his naps who knows what will happen. Ive read that its a sign they may be ready .. when its disrupting bedtime. Who knows!? (ya'll probably do) but I definitely have no idea what Im doing as this is new territory for me!
Whatever he does really is fine. Im just thankful that he's been a great sleeper up until now! I really cant complain I suppose!
Side note: I feel like half of parenting right now is just figuring out new tricks that work each week with my kids. Like: one week it was promising River he could go out and build a snowman if he napped - he'd fall asleep within 5 minutes with that! And it worked for a short time. Now its letting him hold a car in bed .. if he doesnt stay quiet we take it away. Its working for the time being also.
Im sure next week it will be something new! ;)