My kids have been in their bedroom for about an hour. I am sitting in the dining room doing my own things. After about 30 minutes of silence, Bunny calls Okra’s name. He does not respond. She then begins to sing a song loudly. He starts talking to her. She responds. And then she continues to sing a song. He talks some more. And now there is a full blown conversation going on.
I have been guarding their nap time carefully. These hours are necessary to break up the day and for me to recuperate from the chaos of the morning. This time also serves as my exercise time, or time to make a phone call, or time to read a few pages of my own books (not a pictured children’s book). I have such fear that these kiddos will give up their nap time and this is the end of my sanity. I know that compared to some other parents with three year olds, we are blessed in a sense that my kids still nap majority of the time. But as the number of times they don’t nap is increasing, I get increasingly nervous. I can’t imagine not having down time, but I also have to acknowledge that my kids are not babies, they are growing, and I can’t stop them from becoming bigger kids, not that I want to. Maybe I get to be the lucky one whose kids nap until 4 or 5 years old? Only time will tell.