The Mom, the Myth, the Legend - proud parent to 2 sets of young twins, 17 months apart. Sharing about children, parenthood and what's really on my mind. Life is just getting interesting...join me for the wild ride!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
No, No Naps
At the suggestion of many people I was encouraged to transition my older set of twins (Emma & Robin, 22 months) from 2 naps/day to 1 nap/day. The girls were struggling with their two naps, taking 1 really good nap (1-1/2 - 2 hours) and either not taking the second one or only sleeping for a few minutes. We started the transition over a week ago, and I've been "strong", only 1 nap each day, no matter what. The problem is that my girls are sooooooo tired and start begging for a nap around 10:30 am, "night-night", "binky"...I keep them entertained and we'll have lunch a little earlier than normal (between 11:30 am - 12:00 pm vs. 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm) and then I put them down between 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm, expecting a nice, long nap. Unfortunately all I get is screaming and crying and then about 40 minutes of sleep before it starts again. I'll keep them in their crib for at least an hour and a half...wishing, hoping and praying they'll go back to sleep, but they won't. So, I get them up, bring them down, get them a snack and we arrive at cranky-town. The rest of the day (a long, long, long long day) is spent dealing with meltdowns, temper tantrums, and fits. Around 4pm they start begging to go to sleep, but I refuse to give in (they go to sleep for the night at 7pm). I'll feed them dinner on the early-side and try to keep them awake (lately they've been vegging out in my bed watching "The Good Night Show"), but we struggle and I've been giving up around 6:30 pm.
So, what's a mom to do? Do I keep with it or just let them have two naps? I don't know how much more I can take...cranky-town needs a sheriff!