Remember waaaaay back when I said Seabass stopped taking his afternoon nap? And remember how I was working so hard to get him to take it again to no avail? Well, I’ve finally given up. He is now a one-nap man.
The transition officially occured last week. Since Christmas, Seabass had been taking super-long, super-solid naps from 9-11 or even 12pm on occasion. But then, when I put him down for a nap in the afternoon, he refused. So, for the past month, our little guy has been up from about 11:30am until 6pm every day. For those of you who don’t have kids or who have forgotten the ins and outs of baby-wrangling, that translates to some very, very unhappy afternoons in our household.
Much as I resisted losing that precious hour to myself in the afternoon, it had become worthless to sit and listen to him play – or more often, cry – in his crib. If Seabass ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. I found that I couldn’t get any work done with him making noise in his room. It’s as if his voice is designed to paralyze me, rendering me useless for any productive task. (Can you imagine if I had a video monitor?? Game over, dude.)
The first time we tackled a napless morning, I took him out to walk the Bob Jones Bike Trail with my mom and our dogs. Being out in the fresh air, I find, extends his fuse a lot – as does having lots and lots of food on hand for him to munch. With the transition from two naps per day to one, we also dropped a couple of breastfeedings (hallelujah!) so it’s been of the utmost importance that I supply plenty of bait for Seabass at any given moment.
It hasn’t been exactly what you’d call a seamless transition, but it certainly has been the right decision. I saw it immediately the first day. Seabass was a bit fussy around 9am when he would have typically gone down for a nap, but with ample food and distraction, he made it to 11:30am, no problem. It’s only a matter of time before I get him extended all the way to 1pm.
The bummer about one nap is that I don’t really have a chance to check my email or get any work done until the morning is practically over. That is a frustration for my employers, to be sure.
The benefit of having a one-nap baby is the freedom I now have to do things in the morning. No more politely declining to participate in play-dates, library readings, and music classes. We can do all of them now! Yippee!