What’s up with the Air? Nap Saga: Part 2.

Topic : Daily Glimpses

Last night my TEETH hurt because my head was so full of gunk.

My allergies have been really awful this week and poor CBJ is struggling too (she’s been on allegra since 5 months- boo.).

I started the Claritin and today we picked up some homeopathics at Whole Foods.

Stocked up

I also got Vitamin D drops and sunscreen for CBJ.
For me, Bee Pollen at the suggestion of the Whole Foods worker, she said the pollen helps with all types of allergies and people swear by it.
I’ll give it a whirl.

Shopping Buddy

The allergies may or may not tie into the rest of this post…

I wrote about CBJ’s naps in a post last week.

She’s now decided naps aren’t what she’s feeling.
Now what?

Here’s the deal, CBJ is a very happy kid, she’s not crying and screaming in her crib.
In fact, she’s having a wonderful time, she talks to her passy.
She blows raspberries.
She touches her toes (very flexible).
But she’s not sleeping.

And I do go in and rock her or nurse her, check her diaper…you know, the whole deal and nada.
No sleep.
Or very little sleep.

And on Monday I was doing my workout video (Bob Harper, from the Biggest Loser- kicks your ass.), CBJ slept for 30 minutes and then was up. Chatty. Kickin it.
Went in, tried to get her back to sleep…wasn’t gonna happen.

It was at that point I decided my day couldn’t revolve around the sleeping (and let’s be honest, it still does!).

We’re now doing “quiet time” at this house.
And “quiet time” can involve sleep…or not.
But it’s time in the crib, with the environment of sleeping (hopefully).

Some days she’s slept for most of the time.
Other days it’s been time for her to roll around and babble to herself for over an hour.
But it’s been consistent.
It’s becoming a part of the daily routine.
And I find it very freeing to reclaim even an hour of my day.

Let me be clear…when I write “reclaim” I mean I still go in and help her, cause we don’t cry it out but I feel less stressed and frustrated because I know that the time is set aside for her to be in the crib and sleep or play quietly.
And as long as she’s happy, I’m good with that!
So for me, that is a way to “reclaim” my day.

It’s a day-to-day process but I feel like I’m being consistent and allowing both of us to have some quiet time.

Does anyone else do quiet time?
Try and force the nap?
Or are the naps even that important (reading says so but CBJ sleeps all night except for one feeding so maybe that’s enough…?)

Well, I just started reading Elizabeth Pantley’s “the no-cry snap solution” and clearly naps are needed.
Time to see what tips she has for us.
“the no-cry sleep solution” worked wonders.

Naps are something I thought would just…happen.
I didn’t know so much of a day could be dictated by sleep (cause that’s for nighttime, right?!).
The things you learn as a new mom.


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  • Meghann Parson August 27, 2014

    Emma, I have the same problem with Tess who is not quite 22 months. Still nursing and sometimes refuses to eat. We add raw sprouted protein to her smoothies. Not a huge amount but just a little. She will almost always eat eggs, pancakes and bacon (I'd very easily be ovolactovegetarian but Daddy is a meat eater) or eggs, guacamole, Brown rice and black beans. Or avocado. Those are my only two "go to" meals. And carbs. She'll eat cookies or crackers for days. Glad the doctor was supportive, I've been thinking about going there as well. I'm sick of the weaning conversation.

    • ReplyEmma August 27, 2014

      Scrambled eggs are a hit so I'm going to keep offering, avocado too.. I was impressed by Little Flower, it is so refreshing to be in a place that supports breastfeeding. Not a formula pamphlet in the place. And applause for continuing to breastfeed? Makes me want to go daily! It's far by driving standards (least from our house) but worth it to be able to not get hassled about parenting choices.

  • Bethany May 14, 2014

    Good job, mama!

    • ReplyEmma May 15, 2014

      :) thank you friend!

  • Lara October 18, 2013

    Wow, I'm so glad we aren't the only ones who have gone through all these ups and downs with nursing. G is still nursing strong at 14.5 months. There were times when I swore he was weaning himself (8/9 months, and I cried and cried), and nowadays lately he nurses like a newborn. Some days I have so much milk that I'm still spurting and needing nursing pads, other days I think he looks at me like, "Turn it on, mama!" I think the lesson after we have put all this time in it should be: our babies and our bodies know what to do! :)

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