Nap Time and Me Time…The Ordinary Moments

Nap Time and Me Time…The Ordinary Moments

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.

Joining Katie and Donna for The Ordinary Moments

 

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  1. 07/05/2017 / 07:25

    I couldn’t agree more- quiet time and nap time is so important. Everyone needs that peace and quiet to re-charge I think. Freddie was always an amazing sleeper and also a great napper too, doing 2 x two hour naps and then moving to one 2 hour nap until he was nearly 3. Luca on the other hand… not a great sleeper and has never once napped in his cot! He will do short cat naps in his pram and I find it exhausting. Me time sounds bliss! I know what you mean abut tidying and then it getting messy again. I used to do the same when Freddie napped. But coffee and a sit down sounds even better 🙂 Hope she continues the naps for a bit longer! x

  2. 07/05/2017 / 09:52

    I totally agree about the quiet time. Even now at nine my eldest still has some quiet time when the baby naps. It works for all of us to have a little down time in the day.

  3. 07/05/2017 / 15:42

    I absolutely love my eldest’s nap time. I can have snuggles with the youngest (he’s only 7 weeks) or do as you occasionally do and just enjoy a quiet moment to myself.

    But my eldest is 2 years 2 months now and is certainly edging, I feel, towards nap time being over!!

    I love your photos 🙂

  4. Oh I feel your pain – mine all stopped napping fairly early on and I really really missed that little break in the middle of the day to catch my breath – even if I never did anything very productive with it!!

  5. 07/05/2017 / 20:11

    I’m with you, I remember to the day when J gave up her naps and I instantly lost my recharge time. It’s nice that she chilled in her room even if she didn’t nap – perhaps quiet time is on the cards 😉 x #TheOrdinaryMoments

  6. 08/05/2017 / 11:10

    My Lottie is only 15 months old so very much still naps and I crave that break I really do. If her brother wakes her up too soon like he did yesterday we really pay for it as she isn’t as refreshed. Like you I normally spend it doing housework but like you I’ve been known to have a tea or coffee and biscuits too, but feel so guilty LOL.
    Oh long may she have her naps.
    xxxxxxxxxxxx

  7. 08/05/2017 / 18:11

    I never really got that me-time as Athena wasn’t at school when Troy was little and by the time she started school he had dropped his nap. It sounds like you have such a nice balance and I hope she keeps napping for a while yet! x

  8. 08/05/2017 / 19:14

    We’re struggling a bit at the moment because if my toddler has a daytime nap he won’t go down in the evening until late. Yet if we try and power through he’ll collapse at 6pm but then he’s wide awake at 4 in the morning. Quiet time is important though xx

  9. Amy Fox
    08/05/2017 / 19:54

    Alfie’s just stopped napping unless we are in the car at that kind of time, so we are trying to encourage quiet time. Nap time was so much easier x

  10. 08/05/2017 / 20:23

    Ahh, fingers crossed you can still get a few more me-nap times in before she gives up on them completely… your photo with the shortbread biscuits totally has me craving some. I think Pickle is starting to phase out his afternoon nap so I’m hoping this means that his only nap during the day will start to get a bit longer… we’ll see. I don’t know what I’d do without that little bit of time each day!

  11. 08/05/2017 / 20:51

    Oh I hope you get nap time for a little longer. Ava had three days in a row without one and I was gutted! She seems to be enjoying them again now though. Kyle stopped by 2, nightmare!

  12. 08/05/2017 / 21:26

    Oh I miss those nap times, Harry was the only one of my four who ever napped in the day, but when he did it was heaven!! Now he refuses to nap unless we are in the car, so a lot of his naps are spent sat on the driveway, me sat in the drivers seat with a magazine and a packet of crisps, wondering what happened to my blissful hours lay on the couch watching TV!

  13. 09/05/2017 / 14:13

    Gosh i used to adore naptime with Eva, i have never really had it with my little sleep thief and so I can sympathise with not wanting it to end!

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