What are we going to do today? It's raining, it's 8 in the morning and who knows when this kid is going to take a nap.
Oh, NAPS. You thought I'd MOVED ON, hadn't you? HA. If "moving on" means "given up", then yes, I've moved on. After months of Nap Clockwork we're now into months (months!) of Nap Randomness and nothing I've done has made any difference. One day I'm swearing up and down he's transitioning to one nap, another day I can't see how it's possible, since he slept two hours in the morning.
Yesterday at his one year appointment the pediatrician said, "You know, it can take three to four months to transition to one nap." The only thing that kept me from bursting into tears in the exam room was the tiny bit of relief. Because now? I really do think he's transitioning to one nap. And when I told the doctor that a lot of times he'll take one nap, but it's a MORNING NAP (kill me now) she nodded her head, said her son did the same thing, and you just have to deal. Maybe try to push it back. Do your best. Good luck with that.
My only hope at this point is that he settles into some kind of nap schedule by the time the new baby gets here. PLEASE GOD.
The lack of routine is hard on ME, people. For instance, today I would like to email my favorite moms and insist they meet me at the indoor play area at the lake, but WHO KNOWS WHEN I CAN GO? I understand that some people just do their thing and when the baby gets tired they fall asleep in the stroller or they make it home in time or something like that. But I'm not sure how to do that. I know. I am a huge baby-is-in-charge-of-my-life dork, but REALLY. I don't want to drive to the playroom, park, go inside and have to turn around twenty minutes later because someone needs his nap. And planning anything in advance is impossible. I just have to guess. I scheduled the Celebratory Second Baby Party for 11 am, thinking at least the other babies will get home in time for THEIR naps, who KNOWS what MY kid will be doing. Most days I just assume that if he takes a morning nap it will be an hour later than it used to be, back in the Glorious Napping Days, and that he might not take it at all.
This parenting thing is determined to make me one of those Flexible People and I am fighting it EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.
I guess you could say that except for the nap thing and the really annoying eating habits he developed OVERNIGHT, I am enjoying the one year old stage. We bought him one of those little water tables over the weekend and ooh, that was a hit. He loves being outside, he wants to walk everywhere by himself, even his opinions and demands and insistent noises are fun. I mean, I could do without the whining, sure, but it's super fun having a little PERSON around the house. He's not saying any words (unless you count "DA!") but it appears he's beginning to understand English and HOW AWESOME IS THAT?
Although right now he is watching the Let's Learn Spanish show on TV. Don't tell Phillip I let him play with the remote.
Okay, sorry for one of those Updates On The Small Person posts. But I was writing in his baby book last night and MAN does my hand get tired. Blogging is so much faster!