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Saturday, April 16, 2011

So This is Naptime

Every afternoon, usually around 1:00, Dylan does this crazy thing.

He takes a nap.

In his crib.

This might not seem like a big deal, but it's still a novelty for me. 

Abbey has never been a napper; even when she was young, she was tough to get to sleep and ended up catnapping on the couch or in someone's arms.  Before she turned two, I let her give up her nap when it started to take longer to put her down (between 45 minutes and an hour) than she would sleep (25 minutes.) 

Since then, if she naps, it's generally in the car, where she can't escape the lull of the motor and the forced inactivity of her carseat.  We even have a "nap drive" that involves going to look at horses.

I was afraid Dylan was headed for the same fate, but for a while now, he's been sliding comfortably into an afternoon napping groove.  We eat some lunch, we play a little to wind down, we snuggle into the glider to read some books while Abbey plays quietly or listens to the little stories.  He drifts off to sleep, and I gently place him in his crib.

Abbey and I have some alone time.

Dylan wakes up refreshed, happy, and ready to play.

Naps are a wonderful thing.
painting is an activity that works better during naps
Dylan still likes to eat the paintbrushes
paint smock made by Nan with love

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6 Comments:

  • At April 16, 2011 at 8:08 AM , Anonymous Kir said...

    I love her smock! Naps are a creation of heaven....I love them as much as shoes ! So glad he is still gving u some 'time' in the afternoon, it's so important.

     
  • At April 16, 2011 at 8:46 AM , Anonymous Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

    My kids have been varied with naptime also. Lately, my baby has decided he is done with napping so and has started just hanging out in his crib when I initially put him down. He lets me know when he is done with his leisure time.

    It looks like your daughter had a great time painting. So cute!

     
  • At April 16, 2011 at 4:19 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    Naptime is a great thing! One day they will be teenagers and always want to sleep, and I will try to wake them up!

     
  • At April 16, 2011 at 4:19 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    Two little guys means you definitely need a consistent naptime! And cute new shoes, always cute shoes :)

     
  • At April 18, 2011 at 2:17 AM , Anonymous Jessica said...

    Naps are great - when the kids actually take them. My little one likes to skip naps with me and sleep forever with the babysitter.

     
  • At April 19, 2011 at 1:49 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    Then the babysitter looks at you like you're crazy if you ever talk about the lack of naps!

     

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