Thursday, December 6, 2012

the scheduled sleep


AFTERNOON NAPS: MANDATORY

LOCATION OF ACTIVITY: OPTIONAL





Actually, the truth is I'm a proponent of routine schedule for healthy development, but the longer I'm a mother, the more I laugh at the word schedule! The idea behind them is to keep things operating in a smooth manner, where child & mother know what to expect from each other at the same times every day.

We we're clickin along pretty good in our routines until sweet peep # 2 came on the scene. Nobody knows what to expect out of anybody at anytime. Somebodies always a day late or a dollar short, and if it ain't his idea, it ain't happenin'. The act of falling asleep has taken on a "routine" of it's own, and some may argue that it could fall into the category of a form of art. Let me break it down, just to humor you...

It usually starts with a full on game of wrestle just to get him into bed, then there's the bouncing, bouncing, bouncing, with a toss and a turn, maybe a roll...followed by the arm flapping and maybe a little leg twitching..throw in a little more flopping, change directions on the bed, start in with some talking, which turns into humming...and then more talking, while still twitching his leg, change back directions....the eyes close for just a minute.....

{hold your breath}

...and then start the above routine all over again. If you haven't lost your patience by now, just about the time your left thinking your evening quiet-time is never gonna happen....he's asleep. yup, just like that! I've never seen anything like it.

All that to say, Mr. Sleep-striker can preform his "art" when it's time for his routine, regularly schedule nap or bedtime...but come Tuesday morning, say at 10:36, or some other random time...it's as if he was overcome by a force and was left slumbering soundly in the strangest locations. {see above}

It's been good for me. I'll admit I'm not ready to throw out the schedules completely. But if you wanna take a snooze on the hardwood floor, don't bother even taking your boots off. Snooze away. So maybe it's only 10:36, and your "scheduled" nap isn't until 1, but I can roll with that!

1 comment:

  1. Oh how I can relate to the bedtime "routine." Deacon thinks since he's in a big boy bed that he can come downstairs 7 times (that's no exaggeration!) because his lips hurt, or he needs a drink or he needs his nose wiped, etc...I'm sure you can relate :)

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