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Monday, February 26, 2007

Hold me. I'm scared.

I'm not the only person who -- when confronted with a 22-month-old who pitches a one-day nap strike, with ensuing erratic behaviour for the rest of the day, culminating in a bedtime tantrum from hell -- says to herself, "That's it. Toddlerdom is here. Game over, man. Game over."

Or am I?

Can any of you been-there-done-that folks reassure me? This is just a 24-hour aberration, right? Things will go back to normal tomorrow? Or has a year of the (relatively) easy life with a happy-go-lucky kid made me soft?


  • At 5:47 PM, Blogger landismom said…

    Oh, DG (shakes head in dismay). I'm so sorry.

  • At 11:32 AM, Blogger Joanne said…

    My sleep book that I love so well says around three is when they stop completely with the nap. I have a 20 month old who has gone a day or two without a nap, here or there. For us, it's been a rarity, I just usually put him to bed a little earlier and start again the next day. But I hate it and it makes for the longest freaking day.

  • At 1:50 PM, Blogger Tammy said…

    Nooooo! Don't say that, landismom!

    Joanne, I read similar stuff. (Thank god these sleep books agree on SOMETHING.) And fortunately, Sam's back to his usual daytime nap schedule. THANK GOD. I actually would have enjoyed the extra time with him if the naplessness didn't make him go batshit crazy. By the time bedtime finally rolled around, I was wondering who the hell this insane short person was, and how he managed to get inside my house. When he woke up the next morning and was his normal self again, I realized how quickly I'd almost forgotten what his actual personality is like.

    And so terrible toddlerhood is staved off for yet another precious day.

  • At 10:34 PM, Blogger Melissa said…

    We get the nap skipping from time to time. The tricky part is that she's often fine the night she skips it, but the next day she's a total crabapple.

    I have a neighbor with an 8-year-old son and she still gets him to nap by telling him he can stay up an hour later at night if he naps. I think she is a GENIUS. I never want the nap to go away.

  • At 8:30 PM, Blogger White Trasherati said…

    I had to go with being ve-e-ery flexible about nap time for a while with mine - not skipping it, just flexible about when it happened during the day. They napped when they were tired, but went through stages where "tired" occurred at different times.
    So much for routines...but they adjusted well, as long as all the other routines remained the same and "floated" with the nap schedule.


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