[Edited to add: I also WON A CONTEST. Yay for the internets! (And thanks, Gretchen!)]
I know I’ve told you before how great of a napper Marin is. This is still quite a shock to me, seeing as how her older sisters stopped napping at age 2 years and 2 hours old and never again closed their eyes whilst the sun was above the horizon. Not once. EVER. And we tried everything. Marin at age 4 will still sleep for three hours in the afternoon. THREE HOURS. Sometimes? More.
The thing is, her ideal nap time is 2-5 pm. This is not an ideal nap time (for the rest of us) for several reasons, most of which settle around the problem of us being homebound from 2-5 pm each and every day. The other, smaller problem is that sometimes she’ll sleep until 6. Or 6:30. And then she doesn’t want to go to bed at 8:30 when her sisters do. This wouldn’t be a big deal, but a) her sisters think it kind of a big deal that the BABY SISTER gets to stay up later than the BIG SCHOOL AGED SISTERS and b) I’m pretty ready to be done with my Mommy hat by 8:30 pm.
(And the innocent among you will gently suggest that we simply wake her earlier. Oh, HO HO, my friends. Waking her from her nap only results in her eating our faces off, then spewing them back at us to clean up off the floor, all while making an ear-bleeding keening sound that will make you regret the very spinning of the earth. She’s evil…. EVVVIIIIIILLLL. Nope, waking her is most certainly NOT the answer.)
So anyway, this is just a really long version of a very short story that goes like this: Sometimes, lately, we let Marin skip her nap.
We’ve been doing this about every-other day, which seems to be perfect. She still needs a nap sometimes, or she has a really hard time getting up in the morning. But napping every-other day seems to cure her of the “I need to stay up and talk at you until 10 pm” affliction.
Look, I KNOW, she’s FOUR years old. And I’m mostly ready for her to (slowly! SLOWLY people!) phase out of her naps.
But I’m going to miss this.
And the cuddling her too, of course.