Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Non Negotiable: The Nap

I picked Kaylee up from day care today. She is attending an absolutely awesome family day care that I SO wish I had known about when Eric was that age. It would have saved me a lot of money. But woulda coulda shoulda.

So, I picked her up from day care today and brought her home and popped her down for her nap where she played and fussed for an hour. The playing gradually diminished and the fussing took over and after multiple visits from me that entailed, a kiss, a gentle lay down and me leaving the room, she finally fell asleep.

K's nap doesn't represent a lot of downtime for me. I've still got Eric who is generally pretty needy that time of day. But when I'm alone with him, we can bake or cook and generally do big kid stuff together. And it's quality time for the most part. Although, E's a little under the weather at the moment. He's got a slight fever and he's curled up under a quilt watching Max and Ruby. But usually we spend K's nap doing more interesting, relatively productive things.

So, when it looks like she's not going to do it, I get kind of stressed out. I just wish the kids could understand what a fabulous thing an afternoon nap is. If it were up to me, I'd take one every day. Why don't they know what sublime pleasure a little PM nap is? The weird dreams, the evening energy. It all ROCKS.


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