To Nap or Not to Nap

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Ryan is at that age where he still naps the majority of the time, but is starting to not need a nap.  Today was one of those days where he didn’t nap.  He will still go up to his room and attempt a nap though.  He sits on his bed, reads books and just talks and sings.  He will stay up there for a few hours and just rest.

Today I was listening to him through the monitor and has singing and talking and telling stories to his friends that share a bed with him.  And by friends I mean the monkey, the bear, the puppy, the other little bear, the numerous blankets, the pillows, the bunny, the lamb…. you get what I mean.  He has a bed full of friends and they have to all be in his bed every night.

So today, I went up to get him after I realized that there was no hope for actual sleeping time.  This is what I walk in to.

He claims the monkey was cold and needed all the blankets on him.  The monkey also wanted to snug with his friends so they are all in the pile with him somewhere.  And you’re probably wondering exactly what Ryan was doing when I walked in the room since everything he owns in his bed was in a pile?  Well, he was just sitting there quietly doing absolutely nothing.  I walked in and he said “Oh, hi mom.  Shhhhh… monkey is sleeping.  Can we go downstairs now?  Is nap over?”

Ahhh….”Yes, my love.  We must be quiet so the monkey can get a few extra zzzz’s.  Lets go downstairs little buddy.  But shhhh…. lets not wake the monkey OR Owen.”

Oh, and don’t trip over the pile of books on the floor that he had read throughout his nap time.

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  1. Oh I am so sorry. The dreaded “no more naps for me” age. But its better than the “I’m not ready for a nap until 4 pm” age.

    I see why you are on the Freshly Pressed page. God Bless

  2. Cute story. My son actually slept for naps up to and even through the first part of kindergarten.

  3. teh boy is very cute..i like

  4. Great pictures. what a interesting blog. i always never liked naps growing up

  5. This is a great blog. I’ll be back!

  6. Naps are good. Maybe you can still use the time for reading books. Looks like his animals have taken over his nap time.

  7. Great story. Love the friends who joined him.
    He can still have quiet time with his “friends” so you both can get a break.

  8. Oops, that shoudl have read – I often try to persuade ‘my toddler’…

  9. Lovely post. I often try to pursuade her to do things by telling her that her favourite teddy, Mrs Mouse, is doing them. I now look forward to her turning around and telling me she has to get out of her cot so that Mrs Mouse can catch some zzz’s!

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  11. Oh, your blog brings back memories!

  12. Aww the restlessness of the young…lol…. wait till you hit middle age- naps are always welcome!…lol….

  13. very cute :))

  14. This was such a cute story!

  15. Very cute. Cherish these moments, because they grow up all to fast.

  16. Awwww very cute story he got there:) A boy with his fabulous imagination:)
    P.s: He is very very cute:)

  17. Jillian says:

    He sounds so much like my Alex (5 1/2 yo)…He sleeps with 2 little white blankies, one HUGE pirate skull blanket, 7 panda bears, 1 tiger, 1 mouse, and the list goes on! He barely has room in his bed for himself! He can be very quiet, putting all his “stuffies” to bed (8pm) by the time he’s done, he’s either wide awake or off to la la land.

  18. Oh dear! We have a 3 y/o that lives with us and about 10 minutes after he goes down for his “nap”, he is calling me saying “Ma, I took a good nap! Can I get up now?”
    Good luck!

  19. Summer Embee says:

    Oh, the demise of the naps! It’s a rough time. Very cute that he entertains himself so well, though. When my daughter was in that stage she would “read” for 15 minutes and then start asking “can I come down yet? can I come down yet? can I come down yet?” Ugh.

  20. HybridTalk says:

    I vote for the nap whenever I can get one.

  21. This made me laugh out loud … and think of my own little non-napper-in-training.

  22. I have wonderful children too! They never cease to amaze me the amount of energy and ideas they share and what they can get up to when left alone.
    I hope you don’t mind me recommending a wonderful book by John Kehoe I noted on my website that helps keep children being all they can be. Here is the link. You are welcome to contact me for more info.

    Enjoy a wonderful day,

  23. Great post! We could swap stories, as my blog focuses on my precotious toddler as well… “Fresh from the Diaper”

    I am looking forward to reading more of your blog as I can TOTALLY relate!

  24. It looks to me that you have a little monkey of your very own ; )
    Great post – and well done on making it to Freshly Pressed x

  25. That is so cute! It shows he has a great imagination 🙂

  26. Raul Alanis says:

    Very cute story. At least the monkey isn’t cold…but can he breathe? 🙂


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