Naps: the Alpha & Omega

As a full time SAHD to a 6.5 month year old, my lifeblood is naps. I’m thinking about naps when I wake up, when I eat, when I sleep and even when I blog. When is the next nap going to be? How long will it be? What can I accomplish during the next nap? Is the new LOST episode posted online?

My first lesson in napping was, like all naive parents, brought upon because I wanted the best for my baby daughter. I was simply napping her too much. It frustrated me and it frustrated her (she’s not tired dummy!). Finally I turned to a sleep advice book that was like the V8 punch to the head, “If your kid wakes up happy, they got enough sleep, if they wake up cranky, they didn’t.” Now our kid wakes up like Santa Claus after he’s finished Christmas, jolly and laughing with a bowl full of jelly so something was going correctly. Maybe I didn’t need to force her down every 2 hours? Duh.

In the beginning, Bean’s naps where like Hobbes’s definition of man’s life in his natural state, “Nasty, brutish and short”. But as time rolled on the naps grew longer and longer. The two naps in the morning became one longer nap. As if the God of Naps (GN) himself sent a lightning bolt of continuous sleep, the first 2 1/2 hour nap was a miracle from above. Suddenly, Punditdad has all sorts of time on his hands in the mornings between 8 and 10:30 AM and again between 1& 2ish. None of this 45 minute stop/start business. Begone!

But naps still are uncertain and the afternoon nap is like the creature from the black lagoon; it’s not easy to pin down and most times it’s not ever at the same time/place twice. Now, I know what you’re saying, the creature from the black lagoon was just trying to protect his lagoon from the crazy skin divers — but clearly they were interrupting his nap schedule! The afternoon nap has usually never been longer than 1.5 hours and is really a precurser to the late afternoon bonanza we call….

The Hardball Nap

When Punditdad was in Chicago and not behind the sunny Orange Curtain, the snow and temperature and baby prevented him from participating in the active lifestyle he was accustomed too. As a result it was often best to stay indoors during the later afternoon — specifically when the political show Hardball and Countdown with Keith Olberman are on. Daddy decided this was the perfect catnap for Bean and a time when Punditdad could plug into the national punditry and ensure his political knives are sharpened. This tradition has stood the test of time and distance all the way to the OC and is even more critical now that the presidential campaign season is in full swing. Punditdad is worried when we get to the conventions!

Hardball naps are approximately 45 minutes to 1.5 hours and require Bean to sleep on daddy’s lap. This causes issues with the phone, bathroom and such but heck, we make accommodations and everyone’s happy. She’s not getting strung out and neither is daddy! Win-Win!

One Response

  1. hilarious entry! naps were the bane of my existence until DD was about 8 mos – then we eased into what became 2, 2-3 hour naps a day – and the same is still true even today. it took a week of vacation, which i would hardly describe as a vacation, to get her on the ultimate kick ass nap schedule. i’d urge you to quit the bad habit of letting her sleep anywhere (esp your lap) and get disciplined about just putting her in her crib b/c soon enough – all the other noise is going to distract her and she’s not going to sleep – and you’re going to miss all the convention action! plus she’s already outwitting you b/c you’re letting her get away with sleeping on you!

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