The changes are happening so quickly that I never know what to expect from day to day. Who will nap? When will they nap? If Nash only takes one nap, will it be in the morning or afternoon?
Nash is in that awkward stage where he is in between one and two naps. One nap isn’t enough, but two naps is too many. We were in the beginning stages of switching over to that afternoon-only nap, and then daylight savings hit and everything was completely thrown off. So now, some days he will only sleep in the morning, some days only in the afternoon, and rarely will he take two naps. I don’t mind him switching over to one nap in the afternoon, if he would just commit already! Some days he has total overtired meltdowns if he isn’t asleep by 10am, and other days he can make it till the afternoon just fine. His inconsistency is making scheduling anything away from home nearly impossible.
Nash has also had the added changes of completely weaning (his choice, not mine), cutting his third tooth (we get them late around here), and having a cold for the last week. On the bright side of change, he finally hit the 20 pound mark at almost 14 months, which means that we could switch him into a forward facing carseat. He has been enjoying the new view.
Oh Lindsey!! I can relate to so many things you just wrote about. Hendrix JUST transitioned to one nap this week. Yet for the last6 months he's gone back and forth between ready and not ready for one nap. I never wanted to have Quinn out of her crib either, but ended up doing it because of potty training issues. Plus we've been sick around here too 🙂
Good luck with everything. And remember that you are not alone in these struggles… I'm struggling too. And you are doing a great job. I really look up to you in your parenting 🙂
Oh my goodness Nashy, I am so tired just reading about all of this. I think that' got to be one of the toughest things from what I've heard about parenting — realizing that you don't necessarily have all the control that you think you do over your children.
What kind of sick was he when his molars came in? I think Rhea may be getting hers: runny nose and hands in mouth, then a fever, then throwing up this morning. Or, she could just be sick…
Oh same thing with Ryan! He was going back and forth between one and two naps for a while. I mean, fine just pick one nap a day or two!!
It is tough when so many people tell you what their kid is doing or did and you think yours should be doing the same. All mothers want their child to nap. But like you said you cannot force a kid no matter how great they used to nap – they will dictate if they are going to. All we can do as a mother is just make our situation work for us.
Good luck! I love Blake's crib as a big boy bed. Looks so grown up. And his bedding is adorable. Do I see a hint of Lindsey craftmanship with the pillows???
I hope all this is the answer for you. Anything associated with sleep is the pits when it comes to parenting. Gracie is also teething. (Can't believe she has eight teeth now, and Nash has three. What the heck???) And last night Skyler had her first growing pains in her legs. What a fun night that was!
I look forward to chatting more during our weekly phone catch up!
Oh man I just felt for you so much as you explained some of the harder transitions because I've so been there! And it is so hard to be a strong Mom when you don't get to see much of your hard-working husband. I give all the props in the world to my hubby who is working his butt off, but let's face it, it's way hard for the Moms too. Both of my girls gave up naps at 2 1/2. Ugh. For us, it was that naps caused them to not be able to fall asleep until 10:30, 11, 11:30 at night…in other words…during my ME time. Daphne sure could still use a nap, but I just can't take dealing with her until late into the night. She actually ends up getting more sleep by not napping. So don't feel guilty if he doesn't get a nap, I know a lot of children who stop earlier than you might think.
I totally relate to you feeling like a failure when potty training didn't work on the first try or naps aren't going perfectly. I'm such a perfectionist and want so bad to be this perfect parent that it's really hard to admit we're struggling with anything. But you're right that no matter how much I want there to be a schedule or whatever, I really can't ever MAKE them sleep. So glad I'm not alone in the frustrations of parenting. My girls have learned how to climb on furniture this past week, which leads to them falling off the furniture a lot. It's really stressful to let them grow and discover their world but also stop them from getting hurt. Which is probably the name of the parenting game. And it's relieving to know that at some point every bad phase ends. I think you're a wonderful mother and I'm always impressed with the creative ideas you have to help your kids.