Friday, May 21, 2010

There is no Knowing

The last few days Max has largely managed to get by with only an hour or so of nap in his whole day (compared to the 3-4 hours he normally takes across two day time naps). Although it has caused him to be a little temperamental it was really me, and therefore Jeff, that suffered. I guess I need my quiet time and having that denied me too many days in a row made me quite ... not nice. Actually this post pretty much sums up what I'm like without at least one hour a day of quiet. My most common outburst is that I'm going to put the cats outside (sometimes on the roof outside our bedroom windows) or that they will have to go live in the garage.

Today Max decided to get up at 6:30 for a bottle of milk, and considered getting up to play until Jeff gently informed him that it was actually still sleep time, and that he should just get some more sleep. Surprisingly he actually did go back to sleep and stayed that way until just after 9am.  Since I knew that there was no way he was going to take a morning nap after sleeping in so late I decided to drag him out to the store. I think I succeeded in finding some shorts to wear to the fountain on Sunday, so I don't have to wear maternity shorts or bluejeans.

There is no way that I could have predicted that he would fall asleep in the car on the way home and still want more nap once I got him inside. Normally once we hit the front door and he sees his stuff and his cats the nap is forgotten. He's all sunshine and giggles and want to crawl around. Today all he wanted was to lean on my shoulder until I could get him snuggled down into his crib. I did not look a gift-nap in the mouth, I just laid that baby down in his probably dirty diaper. He hasn't had lunch yet, so he won't sleep too long and it will get changed then.

Is there ever a time that kids get more predictable in their schedules? So far the longest that I've had Max stick remotely close to a schedule is about a month. Even then it's not always the same wake and sleep times, but more then same length of time that he wants to be awake before taking a nap, and nap lengths that are somewhat consistent in length. It makes it really hard to plan day time events when I don't know when the heck he's going to be awake!

Speaking of which, he's probably going to wake up soon. Time to curl up on the couch with my knitting for a few minutes and enjoy the peace, that way I can be smiling happy mommy fun when he wakes up and is ready to play.


Julie said...

You can MAKE them have a schedule at this point. You know that, right? Because Stella takes her nap at 2, once Etta dropped to two naps, I started arranging Etta's day so that she napped at 2 also. You just keep them up a little longer (or put them down a little earlier). It requires a bit of discipline, but eventually they'll get used to the new schedule and follow it naturally.
You can do it gradually (say if he's napping at 2 and you want him to nap at 2:30, you put him down 10 minutes later for a few days, then 20, etc.)

Tara said...

I guess I've been so baffled by what schedule I should try to set that I haven't tried. It seems like he gets up later than most other babies I've read about. I can tell that he still needs his two naps a day, but I don’t know where to stick them.

Max doesn't get out of bed until 8 most days. He used to then take a nap at 10, but now he doesn't want to anymore. He's still rubbing his eyes like he's sleepy, but won't lay down and sleep. However by 11 if you pop him in the car he is instantly unconscious. Today I tried for a 10:30 nap, and he finally cried himself to sleep by 11.

Anonymous said...

Etta usually gets up around 7:30 or 8:00 and goes back down for nap 9-9:30. Oddly enough the longer we keep her up the less likely she is to nap.

But from my experience, sleep will always be a pain in the ass .