I love naps. Naps are the best – especially when you have children. You can do so many things when your children have a nap. Dishes, laundry, hoovering, eating junk food without having to share or even having a nap yourself! (A novelty these days with two)
Amelia used to have a nap during the day for a few hours – honestly!! – but recently she hasn’t been interested at all.
Yes folks, we have been forced to say: Goodbye Nap Time.
It really is a sad time of our toddlerhood. I cherished nap times. I love Amelia so much but I also really loved – and needed – that few hours to myself without having to wonder where she is or hear ‘mum’ shouted at me 100 times a minute.
I suppose it’s good in a way since she is going to bed a bit earlier and still sleeps right through (like the angel she can be sometimes!!) but still. I just loved being able to switch my brain off for an hour or three.
Amelia is great during the day. She needs minimal entertaining and interaction from me (a god send in the shattered pregnancy stage with Max) and is always so happy to just play and occasionally ask me to open a box or read a story. However any parent will know how difficult it is to feel relaxed and switch your brain off with children around no matter how easy and well behaved said children are.
The main thing I loved to do during nap time was my exercise DVD and then the ability to have a shower in peace. Now it sounds like a heard of elephants stomping around her bedroom when I close her away in her cot for a little while in the hope she will take this time to nap.
Toddlers are full on. No matter how little attention they require, they’re still full on.
And so we now have to say goodbye nap time. And goodbye mummy time.
(I would just like to point out that I don’t actually just ignore her all day and leave her to do what she wants. We have loads of play time and fun time together every day)