14th September 2015

Dear kids, here is why I need you to nap…

Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 15.41.44I’ve known this day has been coming for a long time – but that doesn’t make it any easier to swallow. The problem is that I fear my lovely, quiet two-hour breaks at lunchtime are coming to an end – as for the first time in forever (or what feels like it anyway), you are no longer napping.  I’m not prepared to go down without a fight though, so if you could read the below points and have a long hard think about it, I would be most grateful. Thank you for your time.

1. You have no idea how lucky you are. Oh what I wouldn’t give to crawl under the duvet for a couple of hours every lunchtime! I wouldn’t be stood up, clutching the bars of my cot whilst yelling ‘MUMMY!!! UP! UP! UP! UP!” Hell no – I would be out like a light as soon as my head touched the pillow and hoping you’d forget to wake me up a few hours later. The simple truth is that you wont appreciate how wonderful sleep is until you are teenagers – and by then, life will have caught up. Snatch it! Snatch it with both arms! Nobody will ever encourage you to nap again in the same way I am begging you to do it now!

2. I need a break. I love you boys, I really do. But you are bundles of non-stop energy. I fear that if you refuse to nap ongoing, I will be passed out in a heap by 4pm and Daddy will get home to find you roaming the apartment like a couple of lost boys.

3. You are mega cute when you sleep. There is something about sleeping babies and toddlers that make mothers forgive and forget. You might have thrown your yoghurt pot at your brother at lunchtime, used the living room walls as a canvas for your new felt tip pens, or hidden the car keys in your shape sorter – but when you shut your eyes and nod off into peaceful slumber, you are nothing but adorable. What if I don’t like you as much if I don’t get to put my head around the door and watch you sleeping?

4. I need to eat. The simple truth is that I need to eat food to survive – and when I do it in your company, you steal it. Without naps, I might waste away. This might actually be convenient at first, as I still need to lose a few baby pounds, but if I disappear completely everyone will be sorry.

5. I thought we understood each other. It took me a long time to get you to nap when you arrived in this world. At first, I didn’t think we’d get there. We tried everything – white noise apps, commando crawls out the room, lullabies, moving you to the big bed, black out blinds…. And one day, we cracked it. I felt like we’d won at parenting. And I thought we understood each other. It all just seems like such a waste.

6. The afternoons are suddenly so long. I try to be the world’s most entertaining mum – but let’s be honest, I fail frequently. So how will I entertain you for those extra few hours of awake time?  Especially the days when we decide to stay at home in the afternoon and complete painting, playdoh, building a train track, and decorating cupcakes all within the first 10 minutes. Let’s compromise. Can we at least agree that we stick at an activity for more than a few minutes if we are scrapping the naps?  Please? It only seems fair.

Just think about it, OK?

Your (not even remotely optimistic) Mummy x