Why is it though that when the baby or toddler is napping we feel the need to get the house straight, to fill/unpack the dishwasher - anything but make a well deserved cuppa and flake out on the couch for an hour (or two if you are lucky) with those Loose Women.
In the early days I would snatch a few zzz's, or should I say passed out, whilst TC was napping but mostly I would get on with things and usually regret it once she was up and I was by then needing a nap myself! By the time she was 11 months old she had dropped the two naps a day down to one. At first it was an adjustment but really it was much better as we could go out much more, although I did miss her falling asleep as soon as the car started moving once her seat was in the back. I've always loved that about both my babies, there's something so peaceful and calming about driving along with a sleeping infant, the rest of world out there and me cocooned in a warm car, so relaxing... I've also spent many a time parked up my drive with either baby (many years apart remember) back from a shopping trip, not wanting to move the baby in case he/she woke, so phoned Mr J in the house to bring me out a cuppa, mad!
So for 2 days last week TC decided that sleep is for wimps and did not have her late morning sleep. Strangely though, I thought she might be over tired by her bath time at 6.30pm but no, she was like the energiser bunny, still going. But then once she hit the hay, off she went and didn't stir till 8.30am!
But now the question remains, when will TC drop her one daytime nap, someone mentioned to me that this would probably happen between the ages of 2 and 3 (my memories of this first time round are a bit fuzzy round the edges, like me I think!) but each toddler has their own way and TC seems to adore her night time sleeps so I'm hoping for the upper end of the napping scale.
If not, 1 of 3 things may happen :
a) nothing will get done until she is down for the night and there goes my evening as I usually work when she's napping.
b) I will need a double shot latte (Costa's are already a double shot so make mine another double just in case) during the transition period.
c) I will be crawling into bed by 9pm!
Or maybe its time to move her morning nap to after lunch, I like change when its for the better but whatever is better for her is what matters.
When did your toddler drop their naps for good?? I believe in fresh air, sunshine & sleep!