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Everyone Else’s Kids Nap But Mine!

nap1For some reason none of my children seem to sleep very much, and I feel as if I am the only one who is deprived of the precious nap time.

I don’t remember all that much about my son’s sleep patterns since I was very sleep deprived myself.  I do remember that, to my chagrin, when he was only 16 months old he stopped napping.  He had been down to one afternoon nap for quite sometime, and then he just gave it up. I was sad, but I figured that was just how it went.

Then I started talking with other parents. To my surprise, people with kids much older than Sawyer were still napping, even TWICE a day!  What the heck!  I like nap time too.  That was when I could do chores, watch television, or even nap myself.  Not fair.

I thought maybe it was a boy thing, and it would be different with the girls.  Nope!

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I was pregnant with the twins and so tired. So when I got home from work one day and he was asleep I decided to join him.

I never really had them on a strict napping schedule, since it was actually better if they napped separately because I preferred to nurse them separately.  But, once they were about four months old and we started going out daily for walks in the stroller, that became their nap time, and they kind of synced up.

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Since they were about eight months old they got down to only two naps a day.  They would get up around 8:00-9:00 am and  go to bed around 10:00 or 11:00 pm.  They were both still waking up numerous times at night to feed, so it wasn’t an uninterrupted sleep.   They would take a nap in the morning around 11:00 or 12:00 and then a second one between 4:00 and 6:00 pm.  They seem to usually nap for around an hour, maybe 90 minutes depending on the day.

And now here we are at 10 months old and they have dropped their second nap.  They started napping later and later in the evening for about a week, and then just like that, there was no more afternoon nap.  We moved their bed time up to 9:00 pm in October and now they are staying up until bed time.  So all I have left is the morning nap, which has gone to between 12:00 and 1:00 pm.

Right now, only one of them is really mobile (very, very mobile) so I am hoping maybe once they both start walking around they will tire themselves out enough to bring back a nap, but I am not holding my breath.

nap2In truth, since I am back at work now, it really only affects me on my days off anyway, but it still does make a difference. I know it’s silly, it’s not a big deal, and I can’t compare my kids to other kids, but I still can’t help mourning the loss of nap time.  Heck, I think everyone should get nap time!  Maybe we would all be happier and more productive, who knows?

So if you are one of the “lucky” ones, enjoy nap time while you can.  If you are like me, then show a little love in the comments.

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About Shannon

I am a university educated full-time working mother of four children. Proudly Canadian, I freeze my butt off along with my loving partner, two dogs and a cat. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I love writing them, but if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.

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4 thoughts on “Everyone Else’s Kids Nap But Mine!

  1. I feel your pain. Alex gave up naps at 15 months, just in time for his brother to be born. Nick at 21 months still naps about an hour a day and Zoey at 7 months naps about 60-90 mins a day. I wish my kids napped for hours a day like some of my friends kids do!

    Posted by MommaNeedsCoffee | December 13, 2013, 1:22 pm
    • Thanks for sharing Lynn. Nice to know I am not the only one. Ironically, I miss them most because I used to “nap” as well (very lightly sleeping while my son watched cartoons). I suppose it’s only an issue on my days “off” anyway :-p Cheers

      Posted by Shannon | December 13, 2013, 1:24 pm
  2. It might seem like forever, but there will come a time (truly) when you get your good night’s sleep back again. Hang in there, Shannon. 🙂

    Posted by maryanne28 | December 13, 2013, 3:35 pm

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