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Wednesday, June 27, 2018
You know the funny thing about parenting? When you think you have something down pat and you start to feel confident about what you know... you have another baby that reminds you that you know nothing and its back to the drawing board you go. I can't even begin to tell you how many times this has happened with Ava and Olivia (and soon to be Liam, I'm sure). Olivia constantly rocks our entire world and continually shows us how different siblings can be. For example, at almost 2.5, Ava was still taking naps. No, it wasn't always as easy as laying her down and walking out of her room to the sounds of a toddler slumber - BUT she would eventually find her sleep and nap in the end. 
Olivia is going on almost a solid week of refusing to nap. I cannot believe it. She is fighting me tooth and nail over her nap time and I'm almost ready to throw in the towel. I am hesitant because the thing is, she needs sleep. If she doesn't get her nap, she's a hot mess express in the evening (usually right before dinner). She gets a lot more whiney, she gets upset about things she normally wouldn't, and its pretty hard for the house to function normally when tired Olivia is at large. 
I've talked to her primary doctor about it, I've done my own personal research, and I'm still stumped here. We put the kids down at 8pm during school nights and during the summer it has been closer to 9pm. The girls both average at least 11 hours of sleep each night so I know that we are solid there. But still, everything I've heard and read says that my girl should still be napping for at least an hour a day. I feel like I've tried everything short of actually staying in her room until she falls asleep (and I try not to because Liam would be a distraction for her) and shutting her door. I really do not like the idea of closing my kiddo in her room.
Should I just suck it up and try to stay in her room until she falls asleep? Should I just let her off the hook and throw away nap time completely? What would you do. mamas + papas? What have you done? I'm open to any and all advice. Nap time was such a sacred time for this house and now I feel like its something of the past. More than losing two hours of solid mama and Liam time, I am concerned about the lack of sleep impacting our girl moving forward. 

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