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Posted by on Jul 29, 2012 in Life, Sleep | 11 comments

No rest for the wicked

No rest for the wicked

It was bound to happen sooner or later. I kept hoping and hoping it would be later. I was ignoring the obvious signs – nap time was getting shorter, and it was happening later and later each day. And bedtime was starting to be affected – recently, it has been a push to get Little Man to bed at 8pm, and it’s often been closer to 9pm or 9:30pm. So I guess it shouldn’t have been a surprise when yesterday he didn’t take a nap at all.

“I don’t need a nap Mammy – I full of energy!”

Indeed. I consoled myself that maybe it was just a one-off and he would be back to normal today with his usual 90 minute nap in the middle of the day. Our quiet time. 🙂

He woke at 6am, but despite plenty of exercise between that and noon, naptime came and went without so much as a yawn.

Of course, there’s always the upside. He was in bed asleep at 7:15pm tonight. A full hour earlier than usual. I guess I’ll be having my tea break a little later in the day from now on. I will miss those naps though. That was always the time when the house was put back in order, dinner was prepared, and there was still a few minutes left over for a nice sit down and a cup of tea!

Those were the days!

Still – we got to two years, ten months old with the naps. We didn’t do too badly!


  1. Its so sad! I miss nap. Dom still does it in crèche but not at home unless we’re out in the car then he might dose for a bit. But as you pointed out that doesn’t get dinner prepped/a cuppa had/the mornings debris cleared.

    I’m finding it a very long day with a newbie to mind too. No downtime at all, luckily he’s in creche a couple of days!
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    • I can imagine. I found it a long day today and there was no newborn to mind! Hope you’re getting on well. 🙂

  2. Ah farewell to the nap, Lisa. You had a good run 🙂 Our little fella only started doing long daytime naps recently (as opposed to 20 mins when you wouldn’t even have the kettle boiled!) so I’m doing my best to try and enjoy them while they last. On the upside, at least you don’t have to schedule things around naps now?

    • True. There’s always a silver lining I guess. But considering I mainly used to schedule cups of tea and episodes of Grey’s Anatomy around nap time, I’m not sure how much of a benefit it is!

  3. I had to stop DD having naps as she was still bouncing around at 10pm. But she so loved her naps she used to try and hide in the afternoon to have a sleep. Found her napping behind the livingroom curtains more than once! Even a 5 minute re-charge there meant that she could stay awake for hours in the evening. Not so funny then but makes me smile now that she’s outgrown all that.

    • That’s so cute, her hiding out to have her naps. Little Man had a nap at crèche today as it turns out, but then we were back to him being wide awake until 9pm tonight as a result. Might have to tell them to keep him awake tomorrow.

  4. heheheeeeeeeee I love his response “I don’t need a nap Mammy – I full of energy!” 🙂

    • You should hear the chat out of him now Julie. Since he moved up into the room with the preschoolers he has lots to say!

      • He sure was full of chat last week 🙂

  5. So not fair, is it? Cian’s only 2 and 2mths and is already resisting naps – he seems to have skipped to every 2nd day? xx

    • Oh no! Definitely not fair! I guess we were lucky to get as long as we did.


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