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    Farewell, Naptime

    July 31, 2013 by Brandy Vencel

    I‘ve had at least one afternoon napper in my home for over eleven years now. And we’re about to say goodbye. It’s been a long farewell, and it’ll be interesting to have afternoons available very soon. Oh, we’re not completely done, but O-Age-Four-Almost-Five did tell me recently that he is having trouble falling asleep at night. So right now we’re shortening his naps, and skipping them on occasion.

    Now, all of my other children were completely annoying at this stage. We started that go-to-bed nonsense where I said go-to-bed and they did, only to get back up twenty minutes later and say they’re not tired. So here is my child, whom his grandma with good reason calls The Rascal, staying sweetly in his bed without complaint.

    To say I was amazed is an understatement.

    He came wandering into the office the other evening at 8:30 pm {the children go down at 7:30 pm}.

    Him: Where did Daddy go?
    Me: Why do you ask?
    Him: No! I want to know where Daddy went!
    Me: Well, I will tell you once you tell me what made you ask that question.
    Him: Because I heard the jarage door open.
    Me: Ah. That was why I was asking. I thought maybe you heard that. Well, Daddy went to buy a table.

    I explained some more, and put him back in his bed.

    At 9:30 pm, he reappeared in my room.

    Him: Mommy, did Daddy buy that table you told me ’bout?
    Me: Yes.
    Him: Can I see it?

    At this point I brought him into my rocking chair. He was just too…awake.

    Me: Are you usually up at night like this?
    Him: Yes, it is very, very hard to fall asleep.
    Me: Wow. It must be hard to stay in your bed all that time. Do you spend time thinking while you lie there?
    Him: No.
    Me: Then what do you do?
    Him: I move around a lot.

    He paused for a long while, and we just rocked.

    Him: Sometimes I find things in my mind!

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  • Reply Heather August 1, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Oh, that last bit made me laugh out loud here. How cute!

  • Reply Ann-Marie July 31, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    So sweet! I miss rocking my little ones in rocking chairs. We don’t do much of that these days with the littlest man being 6 1/2. I hope the transition goes smoothly for you both with giving up the naps. My boys have always been early risers too. I think it’s a boy thing 😉 My oldest is just now starting to sleep in bit.

  • Reply Anonymous July 31, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Having children roughly your age, I am curious what time they get up in the morning, as they go to bed so early. My two oldest boys go to bed at 8:30, and they think that is SOOOO early. I, however, would like to have them go to bed even earlier, as by the time the end of the day is here, I am looking forward to some quiet. Your experience?
    Julie in St. Louis

    • Reply Brandy Vencel July 31, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      I pushed bedtime back to 7:30 *because* my children are such early risers. My oldest, especially, was getting very tired, but he claims he cannot sleep when the sun is up unless he is sick, no matter how tired he is. I think he is solar powered and one sun ray turns him on for the day! So basically that means the boys rise literally at dawn. This time of year that is about 5:00 am. The girls are usually up by 6:00–on occasion they will sleep until 7:00, but usually that is if we’ve had a late night for some reason.

  • Reply sara July 31, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    “I move around a lot.” So boy. and so adorable.

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