Tuesday, May 06, 2008

No rest for the weary

I am trying not to flip out.

Fly, the great non-sleeping child, seems to be giving up his nap.

Never mind that his buddies are still taking two naps a day.

Desperate for some answers, I found this article at Imperfect Parent. This poor woman definitely had it worse. The conclusion she eventually reached was to accept that her child was going to sleep whenever he felt like it, and not sleep when he didn't -- even if it was 3 a.m. She got tired of his not sleeping being an issue. So she made peace with it.

I am not sure I can come to that same mind set.

But I suppose it's better than the mental-breakdown alternative . . . .

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Blogger Steph said...

Tatum always struggled with naptime and stopped napping completly just after her second birthday. Once I stopped fighting it and made peace with it I was a lot happier. I hope you can get there, I know how frustrating it is!

1:27 PM  
Blogger Kristi said...

Oh wow. I think I might go insane if Isabella didn't take her afternoon nap, but you're right, you need to make peace with it, or risk jumping over the edge. I'm hoping Fly decided a little PM shut-eye does a growing boy good.

1:28 PM  
Blogger Melissa @ Banana Migraine said...

My Dominic used to not nap with me (he would at daycare because everyone did I suppose) and I would be exhausted! I ended up just making him have some sort of quiet time, he'd sit in his room on his bed and look at books on his own, or sometimes I'd let him color quietly. He would often end up falling asleep. I know Fly is young, so that may not work...but maybe down the road.

I hope you do find some sort of peace. I know how frustrating it is to not have a sleeper!!

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are only a few things you cannot make a kid do, napping, eating and pooping are among them.

I enforced a quiet time when naps were no longer desired. She had to stay in her room, door closed, quietly playing. It took time to establish. Including time with her in the room being quiet. But eventually she was so used to it, she would prompt it after lunch.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Awesome Mom said...

Naps are soo hard for moms to give up.

3:25 PM  
Blogger Bloggy Mama said...

I wish you happy sleepy boy days ;)

3:46 PM  
Blogger Brandie said...

Sorry about the no napping thing. My guy stopped napping, well, I'm not sure he ever had a regular nap - even at a year he didn't sleep during the day every day.
It sucks sometimes. And sometimes it doens't. Because I don't have to plan events around nap time and that's nice. But some days I just want to get on my hands and knees and beg him to please just sleep for one measly hour so that I can do something without a 2 year old attached to my leg! But, yeah, it's not going to happen so I don't even expect it anymore.
I do put him in his room some days just to get a break. We were doing it everyday but now we are hardly home in the afternoon. I need to get back in the swing of it for summertime though.

3:53 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

My daughter gave up her naps early too. She had to spend quiet time though because she had her baby brother making her mommy tired then. My son is almost 4 and still naps on days when he doesn't have preschool.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

WHAT? I, too would be FREAKING out! I freaked out when Haddie stopped taking them at 3 years old. My advice, though - it may just be a phase. Don't count this off as forever....

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, that sucks! I know how it is. Primo didn't nap for 4-5 months and now is back napping 4-5 days a week for 1.5-2 hours. Maybe he'll do the same thing?? I hope so, for your sake. I definitely recommend quiet time. I had to put a baby gate on his door because he learned how to get out the second day. Turd. ;-)

5:23 PM  
Blogger jodifur said...

Michael went through a phase like that right about fly's age. Keep putting him down, keep him in his room/crib for the period of time he used to nap, eventually he will nap again. Don't stop putting him down and he will never nap again.

8:12 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Oh wow...he really doesn't like sleeping THAT much, huh? I don't think I would last right now if Tate decided to give up his nap! I need the nap too. ;) Well, I hope your non-sleeping child decides that sleeping is worth it after all.

8:37 PM  
Blogger amanda said...

i tell myself daily to be at peace with the big three...eating, pooping and sleeping.

i fail most every day.

but there is always tomorrow :)

9:20 PM  
Blogger Nadine said...

It's tough when they don't sleep - you feel tired all the time. When my kids stopped napping they slept longer at night.

2:06 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

My kid is also a non-sleeper and I have to agree that it's just easier to make peace with it. I never thought a 14 month old kid could be more stubborn than I am, but he does have the benefit of genetic material from me AND his father. This would explain why he wins the battle of the wills...

10:46 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Swanepoel said...

I'm so sorry. I apologize for not being very encouraging to you on the phone yesterday. I think I made it worse for you with what I said.

*hanging my head in shame*

12:58 PM  
Blogger ohAmanda said...

Oh yuck. Lydia has been toying with the no nap thing. I DO NOT LIKE. I've been toying with her nap times to see if I can fix it.


But I HAVE already instituted quiet time. We WILL have some rest in this house!

2:00 PM  

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