I am currently in a lose lose situation, which believe it or not is not making my decision any easier. It's all about trying to weigh up the biggest loss and I'm not talking about body weight. I'm talking about the question of, do I drop the day nap to save the traumatic experience of bed time or keep the nap and we party a bit later? What would you choose?
I have a selfish side of me, otherwise known as, I need a kid free break for a minute or two. It's kind of like taking a lunch break when you work a job. As a house mum, it's the same. Nap time comes and for the next 1.5-3 hours, whichever it will be on the day, I get to eat lunch by myself, sit on the couch to a tv show or read a book, write a blog, do some study, organise my day, just whatever really. 1.5-3 hours of uninterrupted time that is all mine to do what I choose within the boundaries of home. Are you starting to see my dilemma? No? Well let me paint the picture of a no nap time day.
We are too tired to eat lunch so there are tears because we are hungry but don't have the energy. We are too tired to play so there are tears because we can't sit up. We are too tired to watch TV so there are tears because we keep closing our eyes and that would mean giving in to sleep. We can't do that can we! We are too tired to cry so there are ear piercing wailing sounds because even our bodies are giving up on us staying awake. We will fight harder then, won't we! We will kick our feet and roll around on the ground. We will cry, scream, shout, whinge and rub our snot into our eyes and pull at our face. We will cling on to mumma and follow her around until she empties her snack tin and sings a million songs and starts to get really frustrated. At cracking point, we will cry harder and louder. Cuddles make us almost fall asleep and don't even go near my eyebrows to stroke them with your soothing trance.
The time when we should be napping is almost to an end and as the clock ticks over, we feel great again. In fact, we feel so great we are crazy. We run in circles and laugh at things that aren't usually funny. We squeal because it's more fun than screaming and find things to use to make loud noises. We break things and run into stuff. We scream the whole way to school and lay flat on the ground because we want to stay longer at the playground and not get in the car. We wrestle with our siblings now home from school and preschool and they enjoy making us even crazier. We pat mumma and say her name repeatedly because she looks like she has blocked her ears and don't think she can hear us. We tip over her coffee, get put on the step but too crazy to sit still so spin around it in circles until we fall off.
All of a sudden we start to feel tired again. We walk into the kitchen to check on mumma making dinner and lay on the floor just to close ours eyes for a second. She picks me us and puts us in front of our cars. Isn't sleep what she wants? We are finally giving in and now she tells us we have to stay awake. It's too much to bear so we cry and cry and cry. We lay on the ground and we cry. We fall asleep again and get picked up and taken to the table for dinner. Food again and still too tired to eat it. We can't even look at it so throw it on the floor so now we don't have to eat it. Oh yeah, the 5 second rule and it's back in front of us. With food in our mouth we cry some more and mumma is shouting how angry she is. We choke from crying and so spit out the food and scream at mumma sitting across from us with orange food sliding down her arm as she puts her head on the table and closes her eyes. That's what we want to do so copy. We go in the bath but she holds on to us today because we are having trouble staying upright. She lays us on our bed but we don't want to go to bed so I cry but with our eyes closed. She strokes our eyebrows and whispers and we like it this time. We sleep.
Tune in next time for part two.... the successful nap time is done but the party at night begins.
subscribing to The Realistic Mum xx
© The Realistic Mum
P.s I have just released my new children's picture book 'Look At The Clouds, What Can You See?' as an animated iBook on iTunes. I'm selling it for the low price of $2.99 (aud) so grab yourself a copy and enjoy. Click on the link 'My Picture Book' above or the tag below to own your copy x