Maybe you kind folks can help me...
Collen is a terrible napper. Terrible. Today, for example, I think he napped all of 1.5 hours....most of which were either in our bed next to me (our morning nap) or in my arms in the rocking chair.
Something's gotta give.
For a few weeks, I had Collen buying into napping in his pac'n play, which is also where he sleeps at night. I wanted him to associate his bed with sleeping. This worked until he changed his napping routine.
Typically, he gets up around 6:30 in the morning after going down around 8pm the night before. So, that's a total of about 10 hours of sleep...give or take. At 6:30, I change him, nurse him, then he goes back to sleep until about 8:30 or 9, then he's up for the day. Normally, this "nap" takes place in our bed since Jeremy has gotten up and left for work (I know....I probably need to put him back in his bed....but I do love this time with him.) After this, he's up and it's either time for a little play time or time to eat. I try to feed him his solids first because he eats those better when he's hungry, so he gets some applesauce with rice cereal or bananas...or some other fruit of sorts. Then, I give him his bottle, and we're good to go. Typically, he'll take another nap around 11ish, which could last anywhere between 30 minutes to 2 hours....if I want to achieve a long nap, I have to lay down with him....the entire time, which is getting old. I used to be able to lay him down, sleepy, in his bed, and he'd take a good one hour - two hour nap. His afternoon nap falls anywhere from 2pm - 5pm....he's never predictable....and I'm left most days on-edge just waiting for the cues, knowing he has to be getting sleepy because he's cranky and irritable.
The past few days have not been very fun. :(
He has been so fussy. Yesterday, he cried for an hour straight....inconsolably. He was fed, changed, comfortable, and he was sleepy, but he fought me all day long.
I'm lucky, most days, to get him to nap a total of 2 hours all day long. A child his age should be getting 13-16 hours of sleep a day. He just barely gets the minimum. This results in a tired, cranky baby and a strung-out, frazzled Mommy who just needs her child to sleep so she can regroup. My "me" time consists of the 5 minutes I get in the shower (if he'll allow even that!). He's also seeming to have some separation anxiety, too. He won't let me out of his sight. He'll play fine in his exersaucer or jumper for about 10-15 minutes, but then when I come into view....oh no....he insists that I pick him up....but then that gets old after a little while. He must constantly be entertained (he's just like me....oh, dear...) and he does not play well alone.
I'm not complaining at all. I know this comes with being a stay-at-home mom. He's going to be fussy, irritable, clingy, etc. I expected all of that. What I didn't expect was to have a daytime insomniac resulting in a very unhappy baby for the greater part of every day. He can be such a happy child, and I hate that he's spending so much of his time upset because he's tired but will not give in and take a good nap.
I try simulating bedtime as much as possible. I lay him down sleepy, turn the white noise on, give him his paci, and walk away. This works like a charm at night, and it was working well during the day until now. I'm considering making the room darker so it looks more like night time to him. Maybe I can fake him out.... Another problem is that he is an incredibly light sleeper. A little sniffle of the nose can wake him up. Sheesh...
I also think teething MAY have something to do with it, but he doesn't really act like his tooth is bothering him. Teething hasn't seemed to be particularly hard on him, so I'm not sure on that one.
I'm just at a loss with him as far as napping goes. There are much larger problems than this in the world, I understand, but our little world is being rocked by this right now. I need my baby to sleep and be rested so he can be happy....and I can be calm and collected.
If you've never spent the day with an incredibly fussy baby....try it sometime and see how your nerves are at the end of the day.
And to add to this, Jeremy has injured his knee. He think it's something with his ACL. He goes for an MRI in the morning, and I am praying that it's just a bad sprain. If he has to have surgery, he's going to be limited for some time, and I need my extra set of hands....my back up!!! He's the one who steps in so I can cook dinner, or clean up, or run errands. If he's out of commission, I'm going to be a frazzled mess really soon. I commend single mothers. You ladies are awesome! I don't know how you do it!! You've got to be superwoman because I can't imagine doing all of this on my own.
So, if you have any napping advice, I'm open to suggestions!!