the car seat nap. an invaluable tool. this is old he has shunned the bink.
now HERE is a fascinating topic. the nap schedule. which is different depending on what book you read. the plan i am following is that he has 2.5 hours of wake time at once. which, i can tell, is pretty accurate. he gets tired doing all that crawling and trying to stand. the problem with this schedule is: how can you go out and do anything in 2.5 hours? it's really tough. it takes about 35 minutes to change diaper and take off my sweats and wear something suited for the public. also, he eats right after he naps. and he is a gourmet type. he takes a while and really enjoys himself.
before i had a kid i thought people who are slave to the naps were, well, wusses. come on, you can only have a 30 minute lunch with me? the answer to that is yes, that's all i got. and the reason is that the naps make the night time sleep better. and i mean better. yesterday his naps were TIGHT and he slept from 7 pm to 6 am. with two little cry episodes at 1130 and at 2. for ten minutes each. that is progress for my baby. usually the wake up and cry time is closer to an hour. if i can keep having that kind of night i will do almost anything. and the naps are what you have to do to get that.
some people's kids will nap anywhere. car seat is my only other option. i see other babies in strollers, on mom at lunch, at friends' houses in any of the contraptions. henry no likey. i have tried.
the things people say to you:
wow that kid is really ruling your household.
you can make an exception this once. (**listen i am social. i have daily opportunities to make an exception)
really he will ONLY sleep at home?
just bring him to dinner, we don't mind.
you should feed him more, he will sleep better. (** don't even. see previous post.)
so the good news is that he is going to grow up soon and have just one nap midday. this is all temporary. and the bad news is that he is going to grow up soon. it's sad to think of this baby phase being a memory. he is just so edible and perfect to me.