Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Daylights Savings: Just another scheme to drive mothers nuts



I type this sitting in my car in front of Panera bread, totally ripping from their free internet. Why am I sitting here? Because Shepherd refused his nap for the third day in a row, and in an effort to maintain my sanity, I put him in the car, grabbed my laptop, and drove around until he fell asleep. Right now, I have his favorite song on repeat, and he's zonked out in the backseat. For three days, I've not gotten a chance to nap, as I usually do. For you pregnant women out there, you know how nutty this can drive you. Not only has his nap schedule screwed up, but he's now wanting to wake up at the ungodly hour of 6 am (he was sleeping until 7 am before the time change) (so, technically speaking, he's now waking up at 5 am) (I'm so screwed).

I've read all of Moxie's posts on Daylight Savings and kids, and honestly, I'm so turned around. I figured at first I'd try the whole, he doesn't know the time has changed, he'll go down at 8, wake up at 8 (he was going 7 to 7) and all will be fine. The only problem is he now wants to go down at 7 still (6 pm before the time change) and wakes up an hour earlier. So he's sleeping less at night, and he's sleeping less during the day. The part that really sucks about all of this is that he's also trasitioning from two naps a day to one. He kicked his third nap to the curb a month ago with no trouble. I figured he'd do the same with this one, but obviously it's more of a problem than I'd thought.

I guess I should add that our lives are total chaos right now too, with boxes everywhere, and things thrown hither and yonder as we sort and pack. I'm trying not to let it get to me, so I can't imagine how it's affecting him. I'm sure he's confused as to what's going on, but there's no way for me to explain to a 12 month old that we're moving and things will resume to their normal state in a few weeks. Oh well...

At least with the time that he's not napping he's a totally cutie pie, learning so much, so fast. Today he spent 15 minutes sitting in my lap, playing with my face. I started teaching him the names for the parts, like nose, mouth, and eye, pointing out his as well. After a while, I asked him where his nose was, and he pointed to his nose, and said "nuh". So smart!! It's alarming how fast he learns these things. Over the weekend, we taught him how to sign "bunny rabbit" and he loves pointing to the bunny on the cover of one of his books, then signing his sign. Too cute!! :) So I guess I should take the good and leave the bad. Although it would be great to get a nap every now and then.....

2 comments:

Tina said...

a nap? Are you kidding me? I think I've had ONE since I've been pregnant w/this one (the third). I would do just about anything for a good long nap!

Chris said...

Daylight savings time is a crock. Do away with it, I say!