Bambini Homeschool 6 : Transition to No Nap
Many things happened this week. We saw the new Dinosaur exhibit at the Mississippi Science Museum, we opened our first Little Passports box, we built with magnatiles outside in the sunshine, and we learned to play Go Fish. Despite all this, at the end of the day, this week will always be remembered in my mind as the week my little girl gave up her nap.
She has never been the easiest sleeper. She needed a dark room. She needed it to be quiet. She needed to be wrapped just so as an infant. She needed the house to be devoid of any excitement she might be missing out on. But nap and sleep she has. Until about 7 days ago she was averaging a 3 hour nap every day. It was awesome. Then one day, she was done.
This week my itty bitty girl decided she was not so itty bitty any more.
This week my little boy decided, as usual, he can do whatever his twin sister can do.
This week everyone was a little more tired. Everyone was a little more emotional.
This week there we a lot of conversations about the definition of "quiet play."
This week a lot of extra snuggles and patience were required.
I do not have any great wisdom to offer. All I have truly learned from each time we have dropped a nap is that it is hard. It is exhausting. It is frustrating. And like all things, this too shall pass. There will come a day in the not too distant future where this will be a memory. We will have found a new normal. Our schedule will have adapted to the latest of their ever changing needs. We will emerge on the other side together. There will be a tomorrow and it will be a little bit better than today.
Update: here are some ways were are currently managing a successful Quiet Time.
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