Sometimes, after her milk, a story, looking at and naming all of her stuffed animals, “talking” while I rock her, listening to her lullaby aquarium, she is still overly active. I recognize that this hyper activity is her way of keeping herself awake to not take her nap. Not because she is overly tired because she sleeps 12 hours every night, from 8:30pm – 8:30am, but because she depends on me to remind her when she needs to SLEEP. It’s so important that she gets her naps during the day because that is when her brain grows. She re-energizes and simple tasks aren’t daunting. Playtime is more fun. Patience is easier to learn. She has more time to love and learn than to throw a fit and be ornery.
So when I lay her down with her night-night, turn her mobile on, and walk away telling her Kiki (our family dog) and I are going to be “right back,” I do feel bad when she pops up, standing in her crib, holding on waiting for our return. But her cry out to us lasts for about one minute, while we walk downstairs. Then she begins her sleepy time talk, holding on to her blanket, and within 10-15 minutes, she is asleep. For a two hour nap.
And that makes me feel so good. It’s hard to walk away when they want us, when they cry out and look at us with desperation. But with a quick reminder that we will be right back, she is reassured and off in her little dreamy lala land. For a much needed, necessary nap. And not only does her patience grow, but so does her brain.
And that big well-rested smile is completely amazing and worth it when she wakes up.
XO ~ Stephanie