Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Terrible 2's-day!

Ahh the joys of parenting a stubborn and independent 2 year old...it's time for another addition of Terrible/Terrific 2's-day.

Lately Amryn has decided that napping isn't really her thing. It's been pretty hit or miss lately as it whether or not she will take a nap on any given day. Yesterday, I had a job interview in the afternoon so I was gone around her usual nap time, so it was up to my hubby to fight with the mighty 2 year old over nap time. I get home about half an hour after he had put her down, and she is screaming from her bedroom, he has already gone in once to tell her it is time to sleep, but she is screaming "Ma-ma" so I decide that maybe I should go in and let her know that I have returned. I get into her room and she's standing in her crib with tears and snot running down her face and she says between sobs "sob Da-sob-da made me-sob- take a - sniffle-nap." I comforted her and told her that it was time for her to take a nap, and I layed her down and tucked her in with her bunny, and left the room. She continued fussing and screaming, until we just decided to go get her, which has been happening more and more lately when she just won't nap. She does okay for the most part without a nap, until about 7 or 8 pm when she totally looses it and becomes so clingy and whiny and just miserable, which usually leads us to say "Now see, THIS is why you need a nap!" Which of course doesn't convince her in the slightest that napping is necessary. I'm just really not ready for her to stop taking naps, I think that 1 1/2 to 2 hour break each day is as much (if not more) for my sanity as it is for hers.


  1. I completely feel your pain. I have a five and two year old and my five yr old tried that as well as my two year old (he just recently did). I am like you though, you love that couple hours of quiet time but maybe if she is adamant about not taking a nap you could just put her down at 7 or 8 when she gets fussy? With my two year old I just kept at it and he started taking naps again. Whatever you choose make it whats best for you and your family. Every toddler is different:)

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  2. Naptime is crucial for my sanity. It's the only time of the day when I am not at someone's beck and call. Lauryn went through a stage like that and I would just tell her it was quiet time and she didn't have to sleep, but she had to stay in her room and play quietly until I came and got her. I would always find her asleep in her bed covered in My Little Ponies or books fast asleep after an hour or so. Right now, bless her heart she is taking almost 3 hour naps. So from right after lunchtime until the kids get home from school I get a few hours to myself.