A New Way To Nap


The early days weren’t easy of course, they aren’t for anybody, but for the past several years Alaina has been a great sleeper. It never takes more than forty five minutes of arguing to get her to lie down at night and more often than not needs to be woken in the morning to prepare for school. I find it strange that many of her toys seem to re-arrange themselves during the night, but as long as I don’t hear anything I just assume it’s another case of my memory not being as reliable as it once was.

What she is not very good at is acting like a reasonable human being when she doesn’t get the amount of sleep that she needs. It’s a common phenomena, not limited to her or even to children, but because I still remain in the unique position to have some semblance of authority over her I have taken a bold step to try and combat this emotional roller coaster. I’ve re-introduced nap time. For both of us.

The first few times went great. It’s happened less since she’s gotten an upgraded, much more comfortable bed in her room, but there are still a few nights a month when I wake up to an extra person beside me, usually breathing directly into my face. She loves our big bed almost as much as I do, loves sleeping almost as much as she does eating, and took surprisingly little convincing before joining me in a ninety minute afternoon siesta.

Today was different. A very late night and an early morning. Three hours spent swimming in the hot sun leading to nonstop whining interrupted only by the occasional yawn. Her own whining nearly as bad. A cold shower and I was ready for a rest.

She appeared to agree. We changed into our PJs, Tom and Jerry for her, Batman for me, and brushed our teeth.

That’s when the bombshell was dropped. She wanted to nap in her own bed, by herself, loaning me a few of her stuffed friends in case I got lonely.


Napping Alone


I won’t say that I was disappointed to have the bed to myself, but her words stung. Was this just another example of her increasing independence? A trick to get into mischief while I slumbered unawares? My wife makes outrageous claims about my snoring and cover stealing, surely that couldn’t be a factor?

I’m afraid I’ll never know. She says that she slept, but I have my doubts. Two hours later a tapping on my shoulder from a hungry little girl led to a quickly prepared PB&J and a rush out the door towards our next adventure.  Another summer night leading to a missed bedtime, another early awakening in store for the morning, and hopefully, another afternoon nap tomorrow.

It appears that my cuddle buddy has yet to be determined.


napping alone




30 thoughts on “A New Way To Nap”

  1. What a fun post to read! I remember bad-sleep days with my kiddo and I’m sure they aren’t all done. I don’t know any parent able to keep sleep schedules perfect over the summer months. You’re definitely not alone! (Though I’m enjoying reading your particular take on this phenomenon.) 🙂

  2. I’m partial to George. I’m not in the business of kissing frogs or sleeping with them. LOL! This reminds me of my post I did this past week about bed time being negotiating with terroists.

    1. I’ll have to take a look for that one later. I’ve always liked Curious George also. I had one when I was a kid

  3. Mine was never a good cuddle buddy, except maybe during those first few months, when he was still acutely aware that he owed me some back rent on a space he’d trashed. He’s too much like me: a kicker, pillow thief, blanket hog. We sleep like starfish, sprawled out and anchored with a strength our waking limbs don’t possess. I’ve started sending one of the dogs to sleep with him, to train him to share his space; his future wife owes me big-time!

    1. That first sentence may be one of the funniest comments I’ve had in the three years I’ve been writing this blog

  4. Yep…go the monkey…George is a cuddler for sure! Aaaahhhh…sleep. The ongoing saga; the perpetual struggle. Jealous as kermit of your arvo kip! #FridayFrolics

  5. I would have the Mrs. reintroduce an afternoon nap – all would certainly need it! Gatsby would be thrilled, Big would read from her 10,000 page Harry Potter, and Little would whine so loud, you would hear it from your side of the ocean! My Mrs., I would need to wake her when I came home from work – then all hell would break loose at bedtime. Good luck my friend, Jeremy! I like the idea. I sometimes nap at lunchtime during work! But I don;t have my jammies on! xo #FridayFrolics

  6. I’ve been thinking about afternoon naps a bit recently, I miss them. Maybe next time I see him yawn in the day I’ll take us up for a cuddle and slumber in bed together!! It means he probably won’t sleep later on but hey least I won’t be tired thinking about it! I’m sure you will get your nap cuddles again one day!! ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

  7. I have one good sleeper (who will also still occasionally nap) & one bad sleeper. My sister continued to nap throughout our childhood (and to this day) – she loves sleep! I have never been much of a napper. Thanks so much for joining us for #FridayFrolics

  8. awww she’s getting so grown up! I love how she gave you teddy’s to keep you company! How adorable!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week.

  9. Ah bless her – I have to say this did make me laugh – the thought of you on your tod with batman pjs in the middle of the day! I’d LOVE to reintroduce Naptime – I miss the quiet time I got when Erin used to nap for two hours every afternoon! 😂
    Thanks for linking up #humpdaylinky

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