Hayden hasn’t been napping. It’s been 6 days: six long, arduous, nap-less days. It has been awful… for me (and a little for him).
The 2-hour respite I used to get while my little man napped is gone. I have convinced him that he needs to “rest” which consists of Hayden playing in his room for about an hour while he watches a movie. He is kind of getting it.
During that time, I close his door and watch TV and/or do stuff on the computer. But an hour isn’t much time, and he generally comes out a few times during the hour because he wants/needs something or to ask if “rest time is over”, so this is definitely not the optimal situation. But it’s how it is right now.
I am hoping that this is just a short-term stint, but honestly I’m thinking that this no-napping thing is a new permanent aspect of his life. And let me just say that it has not gone smoothly.
Hayden’s mood is less than stellar during the day. He is pretty cranky. He is easily frustrated and temperamental. He is not at 100%. I am not at 100%. I am so worn out by the end of the day – not that I wasn't already worn out before, but now it’s even worse.
It’s very tough. Randy comes home and notes that I seem unhappy and tired… well, yeah. I am… not exactly unhappy, but too tired to show much affect… or unhappy due to Hayden’s irritability and fits of defiance. It is definitely challenging, to say the least.
I hope things settle down soon. This new routine is taxing and I’m not sure how long mommy (meaning me… and yes, I am talking about myself in the third person) can take it.