Friday, January 08, 2010

little guy

This little guy is so ridiculously lovable.

Earlier this week I was feeling frustrated that he wasn't going down for naps easily anymore, as the "nurse to sleep" thing seems to not be working so well. He's also too big for him to feel comfortable enough to go to sleep when I am holding him. So after lamenting to David, we decide to try and institute an actual naptime routine. This was Tuesday, so Tuesday afternoon I took him into the room where he naps, laid down with him, nursed him while singing a couple of songs, then laid him on my chest and patted him for a few minutes while humming, and within ten minutes he was asleep. And he slept for about 1.5 hours. Wow. I was impressed. The next morning, when he seemed to be getting fussy, I did the same thing. He was out in less than 10 minutes. That afternoon, same thing. On Thursday, same thing for both naps. Every time he has napped at LEAST an hour. And prior to this, for the past week or so, he'd been napping only 15-30 minutes at best during the day, unless David was holding him. Today, the same thing, plus we got up earlier, which I hope to continue as we'd been sleeping in a bit too late. Or rather, he'd be restless and I'd keep trying to convince him to sleep a little bit longer.

So, I'm really excited about this new "routine". The other kids were not so easily persuaded to sleep. Their naptime routines took at least 30 minutes. 10 minutes or less is great, since I'm usually in the middle of doing school with Noodle & Spud.

He's also into EVERYTHING these days. I think it deserves its own post.

So, hooray for naps!


Katie said...

hooray for naps!

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Native Minnow said...

Hooray for naps indeed. I wish I could take more of them.

Mary said...

I had to chuckle that you labeled this post "little guy" when actually he is quite a big little guy...and you included a huge picture!

I can't even remember the days of nap time routines at our house. I remember the kids had naps as babies, and they all outgrew napping somewhere between 12 and 18 months. I think I tried a "quiet time" with my oldest two when they were preschoolers, but I spent the majority of that hour escorting them back to their room and reminding them to keep their voices down. I think I gave up for good after a few weeks. Oh well!

I expect, if they are anything like me, my kids will take up napping mid-day sometime during high school. :)