My baby is asleep now (and may wake any moment), the washing machine is hard at work, I’ve just polished off my lunch.
I have a million things waiting to do but I might as well drop a quick note first.
DZ has been on a 3 nap routine for quite some time now. The first nap is usually the longest, about 1.5 hours average. He then sleeps another 45 minutes in the late afternoon, followed by one last 30 minutes cat nap in the evening. I was able to plan the day and get work done around this rather dependable schedule.
For the past two weeks or so however, his nap routine has been totally out of whack. Some days he’d sleep a good 2 hours at a stretch and had a last nap at 9pm. Yesterday he decided to take three 30 minutes naps. I really don’t know what to expect anymore.
When he was younger, he’d get fussy and cranky if he stayed awake past 90 minutes. I’d watch for sleepy cues- yawning, chewing on his fingers, spaced out look- and put him down before he gets overly tired. As his waking hours lengthens (he can stay up for 3 hours now), it is getting trickier to catch the ‘right moment’.
It is pertinent that he naps and naps well. Not only cos rest is essential for a baby’s development but because these are about the only time for me to get things going. Throw in another load of laundry. Tidy up the house. Put dinner on the table. Check emails and other online housekeeping. Have a cup of tea. Flip a book. Make a call. Blog. Meditate. Breathe.
Now that predictability has gone out of the window, the ‘to-do’ list is getting longer by the day. I feel like this extremely messy, congested house that is in need of a good decluttering. Now, if only the real house can self-clean, clothes are disposable, and meals appear magically with the flick of a wand.
Since we are not keen on getting a helper for now, I guess I just have to prioritize and make the best of it.
I’ve heard that it is not uncommon for babies’ routines to be disrupted when they reach a new milestone. Crawling? Teething? Or is he ready to move onto napping twice a day? Whatever it is, I hope this bewildering new pattern ends soon!
So many things to do, so little time. Yes, TIME, a rare commodity these days…