Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Before continuing to read this blog post, please take the time to mentally take this quick survey:
*Do you nap often? Perhaps...too often?
*Do you feel you experience a higher quality of life when you nap?
*Is your napping becoming more frequent, perhaps habitual?
*Do you lie to friends and loved ones about the frequency, length or depth of your naps?
*Do you find yourself answering your phone in the middle of a nap using your best "I'm wide awake, of course!" voice?
*Do you hurriedly put your children down for their naps in order to crawl into bed to enjoy one for yourself, rather than work/laundry/prepare a healthy meal?
*Do you stay up until 1 or 2 am, banking on catching up the next afternoon?
If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, you may have a problem. If you answered yes to all of them...you may be me.
Here's the deal: Charlie's back in preschool, 3 days a week from 8:15 to 11:30. Mallory would LOVE to go to sleep around 9 or 10, but then I would have to wake her up to go pick up the brother. I tried this the first day of school and it was a disaster. She woke up awfully cranky, and didn't go back to sleep until early evening. So every day since then, I have been keeping her awake (sooooo much fun) until after we pick him up and have lunch. After that, the kids get in their beds (Mallory usually gives me a look of "finally!") and all is quiet...As some of you know, we recently upgraded our bedding to white down. It's a king sized pillow top mattress. 800 thread count white Egyptian cotton sheets. The fattest, coziest down comforter ever, and four overstuffed down pillows. It's pretty much heaven on earth. So, I guess at some point, I started indulging in the afternoon nap with the kids. They usually sleep between two and three hours. You know the days. Cuddled in bed, silent house, ceiling fan on high above you...siiiigh. And me, I have always been a night owl. I don't love mornings, and don't enjoy going to bed early. You can see where this is going. The napping led to 2 am bedtimes some nights, which in return makes the nap practically a requirement! I know, get a job, loser. I have to break the cycle! I need help...I need Nappers Anonymous.