Monday, March 29, 2010

Sleepy Head

All morning today Moana was just Little Miss Cranky Pants. Whiny whiny whiny about everything. Man, that drives me NUTS. She ate a decent breakfast so I knew she wasn't hungry. We spent some time outside and that helped, but then it started raining again so we had to come inside. It was only 10:00 and all I could think was that this was going to be a loooong morning. She usually doesn't go down for her nap until at least 11:30. Sometimes 12:30 depending on the day. I wasn't sure how I was going to keep her occupied (and myself from going crazy) for the next few hours? These are the days when a stay at home mom kinda wishes that she had to go to work.

So we were upstairs and reading books when she grabbed her doggie pillow (remember the video of her unwrapping it at Christmas? It's still her very favorite thing ever) and her blanket and started trying to climb into her crib. Um, what?? What toddler have you ever seen trying to climb into her crib? An hour before the earliest possible nap time?

But who am I to try to stop my little girl from sleeping when she wants to? So I put her in her crib, gave her the sleepy sign, and then walked out. I heard her in there chatting with her doggie for a few minutes and then... silence.

I got busy reading my book with my feet up. These are the times when stay at home moms are like, "Man, I'm so glad I don't have to go to work..."

FOUR HOURS LATER, my book was finished, your blogs were all read, emails responded to, there was homemade (from scratch!) chicken soup on the stove, and still silence from upstairs. Really?

I finally went in and woke her up, thinking that surely 4 hours of napping in the middle of the day was enough. Besides, I was getting bored and wanted a cute little blonde friend to play with.

Well she was just the happiest little thing all afternoon! She ate a great lunch, we ran some errands, watched Sesame Street video clips online (boy do those make her giggle!)... It was fun!

I guessed that she wasn't going to go to bed at her normal 7:00 tonight after that long nap... but I am not kidding... 6:45 came and Little Miss Whiny Pants emerged in full force. That only means one thing, so even though my intuition said that she wasn't going to go to sleep easily tonight, she totally did. Lights out at 7:15 with no complaints at all. Just the normal little chatter with her doggie pillow as I walked out of her room. Wow. It's so nice to have a kid who enjoys sleeping as much as I do.

16 comments:

Beach Mom said...

Sounds like a growing spurt, enjoy it!

DR said...

yeah growth spurt for sure...mine never did nice long naps like that but she did log some 13 hour nights, around the same age.

a 4 hour nap -- so totally jealous!

Rebecca DeWire said...

As if I wasn't jealous of you already since you live in Hawaii, now you need to blog about 4 hr naps!!!! Just kidding :) And I am probably just jealous since Elena refused to nap at all yesterday. It is so true that some days I fantasize about being at work, while others days I wouldn't want to be doing any other than being home. Hopefully her good sleep habits keep up.

Jennifer Harrison said...

YES! Good girl, Moana! I had such great sleepers and it was so wonderful. That continues as they grow up too! My kids STILL sleep from 7.30pm - 7.30am and they are 8! ENJOY! :)

Angela and David Kidd said...

I AM SO JEALOUS.

DC Running Mama said...

4 hours?! What amazing things one can accomplish when one has FOUR WHOLE HOURS! I guess she needed her beauty rest. And, yes, there are some days when I am happy to leave my little crankster with someone else. But, I have to say, sometimes it makes me so sad b/c I feel like I leave him with these negative emotions rather than a happy shared moment.

X-Country2 said...

Dang, I'd LOVE a 4 hour nap. Lucky girl. :o)

Clare said...

i've never been blessed with the 4 hour nap but i count my blessings every day that i have a good sleeper who goes to bed easily!!

Kathy said...

Amazing - though I have to say the part I have been loving with Ben is that he also can now tell me when he is tired in a way other than screaming - he lay down on the living room floor yesterday and pulled a blanket over himself. Yup - naptime.

Regina said...

I agree with everyone, total growth spurt. I had different issues last night. My son didn't want to help build the marble run, what?! Told me his knees hurt from 'poisonous ivy, it's a poisonous leaf.' Really? Too tired to do anything, unheard of.

Turns out the kid had a 103˚F fever, poor thing. Hubby also down for the count and I am currently hacking. Welcome to the House of Plague.

Ange said...

OH I remember random days like that...for us it either meant growth spurts or sickness. I hope she's not sick!!! Enjoy though...
I have good sleepers too and they were Usually ok as babies. It makes all the difference in the world.

Running and living said...

Yes, a growth spur! Enjoy it! Petru no longer naps, but is fine with me napping on the coach while he has quiet time, so it's all good!

Charisa said...

Yeah for cute little sleeping kids right? :)

Billie said...

Wow, that's a super long nap! We had one like that he other day; I had to go check on him because I was worried about him. it's times like that I wish we would have invested in a video monitor. Maybe she'll do it again tomorrow!! Wouldn't that be nice!

Angela said...

Sure is wonderful when it works like that isn't it? The daily struggles we have as stay at home moms maybe trivial to some but that's our world!

prashant said...

Turns out the kid had a 103˚F fever, poor thing. Hubby also down for the count and I am currently hacking. Welcome to the House of Plague.
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