I still remember the day that Alice stopped napping during the day. We had been on holiday with my family to Centre Parcs for my dad’s birthday and whilst she napped while we were away, it was in the pushchair as we were out and about. The next day she just decided that napping was not for her anymore and she could cope without it. She was 2 years and 9 months old.
At the time it didn’t bother me, in fact it made my life a bit easier as Holly was only 9 months old and it meant I only had to manage one person’s nap routine. The time that Holly napped became time that Alice and I could enjoy together.
Since Alice started school in September, it has meant that Holly’s nap time has been time for me. Something that I hadn’t had since Holly arrived and now I cherish it. I’ve come to need that 1 1/2 hours to myself each day. A chance to recharge the battery ready for the mad dash to the pick Alice up from school once Holly wakes up. Then home for the fun time after school with two hyperactive, tired grumpy children.
That time I can tidy the house, even if it is pointless as it gets messy again. I’m sure Andy walks in the house and thinks I’ve ignored the housework and I feel like I have to explain. But, I mainly use it to do some blog work, a chance to loose myself for an hour and do something that I love.
And occasionally, just occasionally, I sit and watch TV with a cup of coffee and a biscuit and have complete me time!
My little Holly is coming up to the age that Alice was when she dropped her nap, I know my little baby is growing up right before my eyes. I’m not ready for her to give up her nap. I love her, of course I do. I love being at home with her and I wouldn’t want it any other way. But I love that little break in the day, does that make me selfish? Or just a tired mum?
A couple of months ago there were a couple of days when Holly didn’t nap and oh my goodness she was not ready to give it up! By 4pm she couldn’t really cope with it and it wasn’t pretty. But on Friday, she didn’t nap. She led in her bed for an hour chatting and playing with her teddy. Then she wanted to get out, I tried to get her to lie back in, but no luck the nap was not happening.
Is this the start of the nap going? I don’t know, she napped today no problem. Probably exhausted after not having one yesterday. She is a little girl that loves her nap, she always happily goes up and gets into bed. If it does go, then maybe she will just play in her bed for an hour and have some quiet time. I could cope with that.
I think we all need some quiet time in our life, so yes I will be sad to see the nap go, but I think quiet time will be around. Even now at the weekends when Alice is home, she has quiet time while Holly naps.
My baby girl is growing up, nap time might be on it’s way out (sob), but quiet time and me time will still be around.