Right now, one of my biggest challenges during the day with my children is getting Paisley to take good naps. You might be thinking that if that is one of my biggest problems, my life must be pretty awesome because getting your child to nap isn't such a big deal. To me however, it matters and it's difficult right now. You see, Paisley gets tired like all babies do, I wrap her up, sing her a song or two, she starts looking drowsy....I put her down and she starts playing. I leave her room in hopes that she will go to sleep because I know she is tired but, she doesn't sleep or cry, she plays. She plays with her bumper, she chews on her toes, she makes cute little noises, she fights her sleep and she plays. It can go on for an hour before she even starts to fuss.
She's a pretty good night time sleeper but, this napping thing is a bit of a problem. When Judah was her age, we had a lot less going on and I made an effort to be around the house for most of his nap times. I'd put him down and he didn't have a problem resting. I don't feel like I have much consistency with Paisley's naps though and it's bothering me. Sure, in the big picture, this isn't the hugest deal but, I would like a little more consistency. I think it's better for me and better for her. She would be more rested and the atmosphere in our home would be better because I wouldn't be frustrated from trying to get her to nap all day (while taking care of a two year old).
Every mom has their own way of doing things. Some moms are content to put their kids in the car, go run around and let the kids nap. That doesn't work for me and it's ok. Judah is an amazing sleeper and napper and I know it's not a coincidence. He has always been on a good routine and it has paid off. He is 2 and he actually asks to go take a nap in his crib. I love that! The boy likes to feel rested and sleeping isn't a battle with him. Children can be taught to be good sleepers, in most cases it's not just a coincidence.
I'm just not sure how to create the balance with two kids....running around and having fun, being spontaneous and going and doing. Yet, still teaching Paisley how to be a good napper and having some consistency with her day time sleep. Sure I could just stay home all day, everyday but, that wouldn't be any fun. There has got to be a balance, I'm just not quite sure what that balance is.
If any moms of two or more read this and have words of wisdom, feel free to share them!