Mr. K-Man, my son. He’s never been a sleeper. He’s been hard to put down, always. Late to bed. Early to rise. Waking up in the middle of the night. Short naps. And now, I fear, we are at the end of our nap time journey altogether. You guys, he’s not even 3 yet. *Insert bawling emoji*
To be fair, I’ve thought K-Man was giving up his nap every few months since he was probably one-and-a-half. I like to cry wolf. But sadly, I really think this time it’s for real. In the past, after a week or two of nap resistance hell, everything would go back to normal. This time it’s been going on for months. Months.
Things went downhill for us when we started potty training. When K-Man learned that he could use the potty as an excuse to get out of bed, his ability to fall asleep at nap time or bed time took a nose dive. We’re talking hours between the official start of sleep time and when he would actually fall asleep. Every time I would reach the door to leave him alone in his room, he would call out goofily from the bed, “I. Need. to. Peeeeeee.” Ugghhhhh.
Since it’s been months, though, I don’t think I can chalk this one up to a potty training-induced sleep regression. I don’t think it’s going to get better, and we’re stuck in a miserable vicious cycle. I spend an hour getting him down for nap, all so he can take a (late) 1.5 hour nap. Hardly worth it. And then I spend 1-2 hours getting him down for bedtime. He’s not tired because he took that piddly little nap earlier, you see.
So lately we’ve been skipping naps here and there. And by “skipping naps” I mean he’s been refusing to nap. Last week, he napped on Monday. And on Monday night he was a total butthead to put down to sleep at bedtime. On Tuesday-Friday, no nap, and bedtime was a dream. On Saturday, daddy insisted on a nap. And then later, you guys, K-Man refused to go to sleep until 11:30 at night. 11-freaking-30! That’s 3 hours later than normal. That’s after I go to sleep!
So I think I’m done trying. Because it’s exhausting. But there’s still a little nagging voice in the back of my head wondering if K-Man is really ready. He’s not exactly a peach in the evening on the days he doesn’t nap. I mean, some days he’s great. But other days he’s rage crying because I won’t let him have a donut before dinner. Or smashing his baby sister’s face into the floor. No bueno.
Mostly, I just feel sorry for myself. And unlucky. According to this highly scientific Baby Center article, more than 50% of kids are still day napping at age 4. And 3 in 10 kids continue to nap past the age of 5. What the fuck? What the hell kind of sleep gods did I piss off that I’m getting cheated out of YEARS of nap time bliss? I’d like to meet the parents of these kids who are still snoozing happily in freaking kindergarten. I’d like to shake their hands. Or you know, punch them in the face a little bit. Whatevs.
Until next time,