Why this town does not have a drive-thru Starbucks is beyond me. I could have used it on so many occasions over the past few years of bringing up young children. Like when the only place I could get Maddie to nap was in the car and I was totally exhausted from being up at night. Or when both kids are asleep in the car on the way back from Richmond but it hasn’t been quite the two hour nap I was hoping for. Or today, when I felt like crap and really needed something cold and caffeinated for lunch. But no, Charlottesville has to be behind the times on everything. It’s our thing, right?
So I took the kids into Target for a quick trip. They were starving, I was starving, it was lunchtime. They turn into little devils when they’re hungry and I’m just not up for that today. They had already exhausted the resources I brought with me: fruit packs, goldfish, cereal bars (I’m telling you, my kids can put away some food!). So I grabbed some cheese sticks and Starbucks for lunch. Don’t judge, at least I didn’t get them actual coffee! Maddie loves the kids vanilla steamer and Ellorie loves the Horizon Vanilla Milk boxes. Frappucinos were BOGO so I got two for Andy and me. Instant cold on my throat and caffeine to keep me awake. The kids thought they were getting dessert for lunch. We were all happy.
The “cheese” face cracks me up! I remember when Maddie used to do that and we had to stop telling her to say “cheese” for pictures because she just looked ridiculous in all of them.
I love that she’s drinking her milk AND holding her foot at the same time. She’s funny like that. They each have their own little quirks with eating. Maddie still makes that “mmm” sound the entire time she eats (or drinks in this case) something really yummy.
Both kids are down for a nap right now, for the first time in over a week. I don’t know what to do with myself! We have been working on ways to get Maddie to sleep better and our plan this week has been to forgo nap in an effort to have her go to sleep at night on time. On the days she takes a nap, she protests going to sleep until sometimes 9:00 or 10:00 pm. Honestly, I want to be done at 7:00/7:30 so I’m not having that, nor am I having her keep Ellorie up. They both need sleep and we need time alone as parents. On the days she does not take a nap she will fall asleep pretty much right away at 7:00. While that’s really nice for us it’s at a price: she is an absolute monster from 4:30 – 7:00. It’s like she can’t cope with being so tired so she turns on us and starts screaming and crying anywhere and everywhere. It’s not pleasant.
So we’re kind of stuck here unsure of what to do next. The doctor said she feels like Maddie still needs to nap and needs to have some kind of help falling asleep at bedtime. She recommended melatonin, which is produced by your body naturally. I have heard a variety of things from friends about the use of it but I don’t think it has been studied in children (could be wrong). I’m not sure that’s the route I want to take which is why we’ve been trying to give up nap in an effort to have a more consistent bedtime.
Maybe she needs to take a shorter nap? She’s been taking a 2 hour nap from 1:00 – 3:00 for a few years so maybe we can change that to an hour nap or maybe even an hour nap every few days? I don’t necessarily want to put her to bed too much later since I know she needs that night time sleep and I don’t love the idea of two separate bedtimes. Today I’m going to wake her up after an hour and see how that goes. Hopefully she’ll still go to bed by 7:30.
Those of you with kiddos still napping or those who have already been through this, what do/did you do? Do your kids still nap? How did you know they were ready to give up nap completely? What time do you put them to bed? Do they fight going to sleep or just drift off right away? I would love to hear from you what works and what doesn’t.