Everyone said it would happen last year. When it didn’t, I thought, I know my kid better than you do.
Everyone said it was going to happen soon. When it does, I thought, I’m going to lose my sanity.
But then it happened last week. She stopped napping.
I kept trying to get her to nap, but after a full day* yesterday, it was confirmed.
My three year-old no longer naps.
And now I’m left wondering…
When will I have uninterrupted work time?
You see, Isabelle was NOT a good napper when she was a baby. However, she grew into a more consistent napper, sleeping nearly three hours every afternoon. I’ve come to rely on that swath of time to accomplish a lot of work and some writing (though most of my writing happens after she goes to bed at night).
As a way to preserve my sanity, last week I instituted “rest time,” which is 90 minutes of time she may stay in her room laying down or playing with her stuffed animals. Today she sang in her crib, “exercised,” and played with her teddy bears while I itemized my 2013 business expenses for Uncle Sam. She was well-behaved the entire time and in-turn, I got serenaded while I did what is normally a tedious task.
I don’t know how rest time will go long-term. I need it to work. That being said, I’m open to suggestions for making it a time for her to chill out and for me to get things done. Any advice would be gladly appreciated!