I am currently mourning what I feel is the beginning of the end of Jake's afternoon nap. He only takes one about half of the time now. All I can say is, mama needs naptime. I love my children, but afternoon nap is the only time I have to myself. I look forward to those couple of hours for multiple reasons. Sometimes, I clean the house or prep dinner or read a book or update this blog. Sometimes I pluck my eyebrows or come up with goals for the future. And sometimes I sleep. I'm not gonna lie. They wear me out and sometimes I just eat enough chocolate to induce a sugar coma and I sleep.
I have friends with kids the same age as Jake who have already given up the nap. I just shake my head in sympathy and pray that it won't happen to me. I know it would free up a lot of time for us to go out and do things together but not really. Emma still needs her nap so what it really does is creates strife with me trying to keep him quiet so she can sleep.
Today, Jake and I have been having power struggles since approximately 7:30am or thirty minutes after he woke up. After two spankings and three time outs I really couldn't wait until naptime. Also, I feel like I'm coming down with something so I knew I needed to take a nap today. Emma went down without a peep. Jake came into my room at least 137 times between the hours of 1 and 3 saying he needed all sorts of things before he could sleep. Things like, his stuffed dolphin (he has four or five so you have to figure out which one first), his Larry Boy hat and water (with ice). I know these are all stalling techniques. When it comes to stalling, Jake rivals the Republicans trying to halt health care reform. If we allowed fillibustering in this household, Jake would be the king.
Anyway, I knew he was stalling but I was too tired to get out of bed and too exhausted for another time out or spanking. So I sort of caved and told him he didn't have to take a nap today but he had to go to the playroom and be quiet and (most importantly) not come out until I said it was okay. This is how Mike found him when he got home from work.
It looks like someone had a great time before he passed out.