So it’s here. Transitioning down from two naps to one. I’m a creature of habit. I’ve always been. I love waking up in the morning and having an hour of quiet time with a cup of coffee. I can eat the same breakfast for months. I just love routine.
All of this is funny when you have a kid…because none of what you want matters. Since we’ve been on a schedule since Liv was a tiny thing I’ve gotten up before her and enjoyed a cup of coffee, breakfast & computer/tv time for about an hour. I LOVE my morning time. I would exercise during the first hour of her first nap of the day…then I’d shower and have a snack and get work done.
First let me say, I’m clearly whining in this post. I have a happy kid and I’m so lucky to be able to stay home with her. I know this. I write this to be honest with a struggle I’m going through. If you’re a parent you can relate in at least the way that being a parent is hard freaking work.
To continue…life is changing. We’re in this weird in-between world of switching from two naps to one. My world is basically rocked. I know I’m being dramatic, but like I said I LOVE my morning time, but I certainly can’t spend time exercising during naptime if I only get ONE nap. I have too many other things to do.
I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t having a hard time with the idea of going to one nap. I would be lying if I told you that teething + 2 weeks of only one 40 minute nap was super easy and wonderful. I KNOW it will get better and her nap will get longer, but the past two weeks were TOUGH.
While I’m mourning the second nap, I’m not sitting sulking..because that benefits no one. Instead of sleeping until 6 and sitting on the couch for an hour or more, I’m waking up between 5:30-5:45. I have quiet time for 20-30 minutes and then go downstairs and exercise. It’s been working just fine. Good thing Danny doesn’t expect me to be awake past 8:45 anyway.
During nap time I’m like a crazy person getting things done. I run around straightening up and then sit down to do an hour or so of work. It will be okay and we’ll adjust.
Other reasons why I’m having a hard time with switching to one nap: I hate anything below 30 degrees and this week is just especially cold, which makes me cranky. I also hate going out of my house before 11 o’clock (unless I’m alone). I’ve just gotten used to not going anywhere early. (I know, I’ll get over it.) I also thought she would take two naps for awhile longer since she was kind of late to transition from 3 naps to 2.
It also seems like Olivia can’t stay awake very long in the morning. For the past (forever?) she’s taken her first nap at 9-9:30, basically no matter when she got up. I’ve tried to push her first nap back to 10:30-11, but I’m still getting really short naps and then a SUUPPPPPERRRRR long second part of the day.
Okay, I’m done whining. I always try to keep it real. Being a mom means being super flexible…and I am being flexible..but I just need a little time to complain about it.
I love my little sweet pea and I know eventually we’ll get a long nap back and everything will be great…until then…wish me luck!
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