Anna June has never liked to sleep. We've gone through phases where we've been certain that dropping her nap was inevitable. She usually naps better at school than she does at home. Just like at bedtime, she'll go to sleep better if everyone else in the house is perfectly still and quiet. This almost never happens.
When she goes to bed at night, I'll go in my room and "go to bed" to read and then later, get back up. Often, though, I just fall asleep, too.
She didn't nap Friday at school. Afterwards, she was all wound up after dinner with Maddie, and it took her forever to get to sleep. Saturday, AJ didn't nap, either, as I was moving around the house trying to accomplish a few things. Sunday, we all laid down to sleep, with AJ on a mat beside our bed, despite our instructions for her to go back to her room. To be honest, I wouldn't have cared where she slept, as long as she slept.
Yesterday, she was back to not napping at school. I'm afraid she's disturbing the other kids, since Ms. Kaye said she kept wiggling around and refusing to be still. We keep getting reports that she's the best behaved kid they have, and, if that is true, then may God help all the other parents!
AJ has friends her age who do not nap. Their parents are OK with it. "We get them in bed by 7:00," they say. Oh, how much different their life is than ours! There's no way we could be ready for her to be in bed by 7. We don't even get home until 5:45 most days. Even if, by some miracle, dinner is ready in 15 minutes, that would still leave only an hour for eating, cleaning up, bathing, etc. 8:00 is really pushing it, to be honest, but that is our goal.
There are 3 problems with not napping at all:
1. When she doesn't nap, she sleeps worse. It seems counter-intuitive, but I promise it is true. Last night was plagued with nightmares after she finally settled down. The first one had her crying around midnight, unable to be consoled for a couple of minutes, and the second one had her very clearly calling for me and asking for me to turn on her lullaby CD again.
2. If she doesn't nap, she gets tired before bedtime. So some time between getting home from school, getting dinner ready, getting her bath, any other activities we need to do, and getting her actually ready for bed, she will have a meltdown. It is completely predictable. The more we try to rush her through the routine, the worse it is. May my dentist friends forgive me, but it is on these nights when she's crying with anguish over her going to the potty, her pajamas or the choice of clothes for the next day, I send her to bed without brushing her teeth. We have to do what we have to do for the wailing to stop.
3. On the weekends, if she doesn't nap, we don't get a nap. And, after dealing with all the meltdowns, we need one!
So let's all hope that she's just been too tired to sleep, and she'll be back to her normal napping self today.
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