For a couple of weeks the boys have been engaging in sub-par napping behaviors. Their naptime is shrinking.
An hour and a half break in the afternoon is not enough – I miss the days of 2-3 hour naps, with the occasional four hour stretch thrown in the mix. But now Benjamin wakes up, crawls out of his crib, pulls out Shirt and Puppy, opens the door, closes the door behind him, and heads straight for me in the kitchen.
And this reminds me, I don’t think I’ve mentioned that Benjamin is now obsessed with a Puppy as well. It’s Jonah’s surrogate puppy that we were encouraging Jonah to switch to since his is looking rather…. sad…. these days. The stuffing is coming out of the nose and it is literally half the size of the newer puppy – all of the snuggliness has been loved out of him.
Jonah was not at all interested and eventually Benjamin took a liking to it and there you go…. it’s now Shirt AND Puppy.
And back to the napping tragedy… not only are they sleeping less but they are going to sleep quicker. Instead of talking and playing for an hour or more before exhausting themselves, now it’s 20 minutes at the most. (This is my own fault – I’ve been putting them both in the same room again, but instituted a No Talking Rule…. so they get bored quicker.) Which means it can be 3pm when Benjamin toddles in needing to engage in either conversation or snack-eating, and preferably both simultaneously.
That means four more hours till bath time. Ack, ack, ack!
So they are sleeping less in the afternoons but Jonah is also sleeping a bit later in the morning – delightful! Most mornings I don’t get out of bed till 7:30am or later. This extra half an hour makes me very, very happy.
But this trend toward fewer and fewer hours of sleep during the third year of life…. who came up with that?!