Thursday, February 20, 2014

Two Naps Please (Part 2)

OK, so that day I put her down for 2 naps and she was really receptive to it - like she slept for 2 hours during the first one and then an hour and a half during the second one.  The next day, she  totally screamed on me and was not at all into the first nap, I tried again later at 3 and she slept for an hour. Boo! So, after a pep talk from my cousin, I went back to a one nap dream and tried again. I put her down at noon and wouldn't you know she slept for 3 hours.  For 4 days in a row.  But sadly, that didn't exactly last. She's been doing an hour and a half to 2 hours at noon now and she sometimes extends her nighttime sleep for 40 minutes.  Ill take that though, it means I get to sleep past 7. Yayy!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Two Naps Please (Part 1)

Sleep. That thing we all try to do at night and get our little ones to do during the day too...It's really important to me and for our health so I have kind of made it a really big priority since Munchkin got here.  When she turned one in November, I've been feeling the pressure to move her from two naps a day to one longer nap in the middle of the day.  When I say pressure, I have to admit that it has been mostly self inflicted pressure.  There have been a few comments here and there about her having too much sleep and then there are the other comments related to how her nap schedule must really restrict my schedule. Mehhhh, whatever.  First of all, I'm pretty sure that a one year old is supposed to have between 12 and 14 hours a sleep a day.  She sleeps for 10.5 to 11 hours every night and with her two nap schedule, she gets another 3 in and you know what? It works really well for me - and for her.   She's barely ever cranky and guess what else - I get two breaks during the day and I get to sleep at night. Score. Heres what our day looks like:

7:00 A.M. Wake Up (6-8 oz milk)
8:00 A.M. Breakfast
8:30 - 10:00 A.M Play/Dance/Read Stories
10:00 - 11:50 A.M Nap
12:00 P.M. Lunch
12:30 - 2:00 P.M. Errands/Outdoor Play/Playdate
2:00 P.Mm Snack
3:00 - 4:00 P.M. Nap
4:30 P.M. Snack
5:00 P.M. Play
6:00 P.M Dinner
7:00 P.M. (6-8 oz Milk)
7:50 P.M. Bath Time
8:10 - 8:20 P.M. Bed Time

This schedule has kept me a nice sane mommy for a good  7 months.  Then January came and all of a sudden she became VERY resistant to nap time. She would fuss and cry and wine and then sleep for maybe 40 minutes during the morning nap and then do the same thing during her afternoon nap.  When she woke up she wasn't her usual giggly jovial self, she would wake up crying and mad at the world me. It was heartbreaking to watch so I figured, "Ohhhh, she must be ready for one long nap," and part of me rejoiced at the thought of being able to schedule things in the morning again.  Then, after about a week and a half of the crazy, she came down with a little bug/fever thing and slept for an entire afternoon. She was fine the next day so I figured I would officially start the one nap thing. I pushed the 10 AM nap to 1 PM cold turkey.  I picked 1:00 because it sounded good. Ummm yeah, what in the entire hell did I do that for?  Oooooh was she mad when I tried to put her down. Like kicking and  screaming, am I supposed to call Supernanny now mad. But, I let her cry and after about 10 minutes, she went down. For maybe an hour. Then, crankypants all day. I kept trying for about a week and she never went down for more than an hour and a half with this new 1:00 nap. She still slept from 8 - 7 but no good daytime hours. So, today, I decided to put her down at ten and see what happened.  Guess what - she slept till 11:50.  Interesting.  We have a playdate later on and should be home by three.  I'm gonna put her down.  I'll let you know how that goes.

When did you make the switch or did it magically happen on its own?



So for the first two weeks of January, Munchkin was VERY resistant to nap time.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Finding Focus

Munchkin and her Grandma (my mom) in Linstead, Jamaica
Somehow, it's already the middle of January and I feel like I missed everything that happened so far.  I lost my dear Grandma last month but I know she is now resting in peace and that makes me happy. Hubby, Munchkin and I joined my parents and a good portion of my Dad's family in Jamaica right after Christmas for the funeral and while the day of the funeral was filled with tears and sadness and strength, the rest of the trip was surprisingly a nice break. I really can't think of anything better than spending time with family.  My Dad is the oldest of my grandmother and grandfather's eight children so couple the entire immediate family with our amazing extended family and you have what felt something like a family reunion.  All I am left with is this slice of truth to share with you: strength in numbers.

So we came back home on the last day of December and after a quiet new year's eve, we woke up to the new year at home.  It's so strange how every time you spend time away from home you gain a new appreciation for home, no matter where you visit.  As much as I love my home though, I realized that I need to do more outside of my home.  I'm not sure if that means volunteering, working or networking.  This led me to decide that my word for 2014 is focus.  I need to determine how to use this blogging space more effectively, figure out how to use my talents in a more useful way and find as many opportunities to grow as I can.  Focus.  I guess I'm asking for help.  How do you/did you find your focus and what keeps you locked in?  Thanks in advance my friends!

~ Melissa