Tuesday, February 07, 2006

A Juicy Nap

Sigh. Today is one of those days when I end up squandering most of the day trying to get Nutmeg to nap. First she seemed tired and actually told me she wanted to nurse and sleep at about 11:45 a.m., the time she used to nap up until a couple of weeks ago. She spent about half an hour in there then, but when I came upstairs from digging my copy of "Say Anything" out of the storage room and heard her singing "Twinkle Twinkle" at the top of her lungs, I realized this nap was going no where. I had consented to give her a little watery juice early on in this "nap," and when I came in to size up the situation, she danced around her crib and said, "A good juicy nap! A good juice! A good sleep!" And she informed me she was hungry, which I didn't doubt.

We had lunch, and I let her play until 1:30, when I knew she'd be good and tired. We read all her new library books on the couch, and she cuddled up against me in a sleepy way, and I carried her to the crib and let her take the books in with her. She was lying down and I didn't hear much from the bedroom. I don't use a monitor anymore. An hour later I walk by the bedroom door and realize she is making noise in there. Now she's spent a good portion of her day all alone in her crib. I don't feel great about that as a parent. But I'm also stubborn and I don't want to take a crying, napless baby out of there now. But it's now 2:45 p.m., so if she does fall asleep now, it'll be getting dark by the time she wakes up and there will be no park or errands today.

I'm getting burned out. I'm so tired of feeling like a single mom because of Epu's insane work hours. But here's something: While I've been sitting here having a little pity party, staring at the screen, things have fallen silent in the bedroom. I think we have a napper.


Notta Wallflower said...

He he, you would not believe this, but sometimes I envy you. Everything is so simple when kiddos are that age. Plus, working full time is not that much fun, either. :-P

Kori said...

We had a day just like this yesterday, and it's so tiring. We're trying to help EJ nap on her own, and the method we're following suggests giving them at least an hour to try to fall asleep. Yesterday was just agonizing---she wasn't crying, she was just talking and fussing for an hour at a time, not sleeping. I felt the same way at the end of the day---like I had just let this poor darling spend the whole day alone in her crib.

I hope that Epu's schedule lightens up soon. :)

Hillary said...

i remember those days. k was working all the time, and i was home, by myself, not knowing anyone else with kids to help me with the tough days. granted it was when she was an infant.

the days she wouldn't eat, or sleep, or be calmed by any of my attempts. and k wasn't coming home for hours - and me rocking, rocking, rocking in the corner. haha ok, i didn't rock everyday.

Anonymous said...

Geez, I can relate to this! We've been having a similar time here. Elliott's been sick and cranky.

Sometimes I just feel like I can't keep up with him. I don't know. I need a job!

Anyway - I like the idea of bringing the trike toy down to the laundry! I never thought of that.

Btw - kudos on the interview during nap time! And the scoop!

Bert said...

You should invite me over to play. I make a good replacement husband. I'll sit around your house and not wash dishes all evening long. :)