Thursday, May 06, 2010

Nap Time Shenanigans

Nap time is always such an elusive time. Some weeks go by with perfect nap times where all three kids sleep at the same time for at least an hour. Other weeks, well... it just doesn't happen that way!

Its funny to me that Emily is my best napper. She goes down fairly easily, and sometimes will actually put herself to sleep if she's particularly tired. Her naps are consistently two hours long. Just as the sun rises, Emily takes her nap. And yes. She is five.

But the twins? Well, that's a different story. We haven't had a good napping week in awhile now. Their morning nap is quick, at just one hour. And their afternoon nap is a little more than an hour too, but not at the same time.

Imagine this: I put both babes down in their cribs with their blankie and paci. I turn on the white noise, and slowly leave the room, closing the door behind me. Then for the next twenty to thirty minutes I hear them babbling to each other. Not fussing. Just babbling back and forth, with the occasional outburst of giggles. Its seriously the cutest thing ever.

But eventually, Eli gets tired, and lays down to go to sleep. This really makes Elsie mad. She stand up in the corner of her crib (the closest she can get to him in his crib) and she yells. She looks right at him and just tells him off! This goes on for about ten minutes straight, and Eli sleeps through the whole thing. Then Elsie begins to cry. She sobs and sobs and just can't figure out why her partner in crime left her.

And then finally, when Eli has been sleeping for about forty minutes, Elsie nods off to sleep. Eli sleeps for maybe another fifteen minutes and then wakes up, which leaves me with a whopping fifteen minutes to myself.

Just like a girl to talk a boy to sleep, huh?


Anonymous said...

Melissa, try putting the twins in separate bedrooms. They won't keep each other awake that way. I could not let Jenny and Julie nap in the same room or they would have talked forever.

Katie said...

Glad to hear I'm not the only one with nap issues. Not that I'm wishing them on you, but sometimes it's nice to know I'm not alone :)