Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I hate naps

Life with three really isn't too hard.  I am not trying to sound like I am super mom or anything, because I am not.  But I feel like I manage day to day life fairly well.  The only real problem I face is trying to get the baby to nap for longer than 45 minutes.  Porgie rarely napped at this age and Izzy was also a cat-napper, so maybe it is a genetic thing?

I know it will get better with time, but it is hard to ever get out of the house with this current schedule.  Our day goes like this: baby wakes up, nurses for 10-15 minutes, plays for about an hour, and then I nurse or rock him to sleep.  Sometimes I put him in his swing and sometimes I put him in his crib.  Despite where I put him to sleep, he usually wakes up 30 to 45 minutes later.  If I put him in the swing, he will sometimes sleep for an hour or two, but this is rare (it happens maybe once a week).  This loop continues all day, which means that my baby is going down for FIVE naps every day.  It feels like I am constantly putting my baby to bed, which means that I am spending a large portion of my day in the baby's bedroom, which means my other children are spending a large portion of their day watching television. GAH.

I have tried going in quickly when the baby wakes and rocking him back to sleep.  It doesn't work very well, and just ends up frustrating me and Guppy.  After that 30 minute nap, he really struggles to go back to sleep.  Last Monday John was off work, so I really tried to extend his nap.   For his first nap, I spent 20 minutes getting him to sleep.  He slept for 35 minutes and woke up.  I rushed in and tried to rock him back to sleep.  I spent 40 minutes rocking him!  He finally fell back asleep and slept for 30 more minutes.  So, I spent an hour of my time trying to get him to sleep for an hour.  It hardly seems worth all the effort.


Antropóloga said...

Ditto here EXCEPT that he will basically sleep forever if I wear him in a wrap, so he spends his afternoon nap that way. If I want him to take a long morning nap I have to hold him the whole time (but my other one is in preschool then so it's doable). And he takes an evening nap, usually in his swing or in the car seat if we are going to the store or something. I don't mind three naps a day but if all his naps are short it ends up being 4-5 naps, too, which I am not into.

MarvelousMOM said...

I look forward to nap time for my kiddos...if I can get them down to sleep at the same time. It does get frustrating on the days when the littlest only naps for a short period. Not only is she cranky, but then the naps for the rest of the day don't seem to be any good.

amanda said...

i would die. like for real. i don't know how you are functioning. naps are my worst enemy and my best friend. all at the same time. so sorry friend. i have no wise words. i wish i did. will send happy nap vibes your way!

Jenn said...

I hope things get better for you with the napping.