Thursday, May 28, 2009

Nap Time

The baby is finally asleep.  I have been trying to put her down for a nap for the past three hours (we sailed right past morning nap and are finally settled in for an early afternoon nap).  She resisted the entire time (except for a quick break for lunch) although she was clearly exhausted.  At around 10:30 she decided that she wasn't tired and when Sadie decides something it can be tough, if not impossible, to change her mind.  

Sadie was already sleepy when I started trying to convince her that it was nap time.  We had her Winnie the Pooh lullaby music playing and we read a story, which in hind sight, might not have been a great idea, because Sadie tends to get pretty worked up when we read together.  She becomes focused on who is holding the book (me usually), who she thinks should be holding the book (her) and the unfairness in that arrangement.  The problem is that when she is the one who's holding the book it's either going to end up as a teether (and her sharp little teeth can go right through board books these days) or thrown on the ground in a fit of glee that quickly turns into tears when she realizes that she no longer has her book.  Somehow reading does not seem soothing these days.  

She actually also takes issue with her Winie the Pooh lullaby stuffed animal, so that probably wasn't such a good idea either.  It looks harmless enough.  It's this cute little stuffed bed with a Pooh Bear, Tigger and Eeyore in it.  The comforter across their laps has a heart, a star and a moon that light up when you press the star in the middle, while the entire thing plays music.  When you first press the star Pooh, Tigger and Eeyore say goodnight to each other and to the baby.  That's Sadie's favorite part.  She doesn't like the part where the talking stops and the lullaby begins, maybe because it reminds her that it's nap time.  So she sits next to it, sometimes for long periods of time and presses the star each time the music starts, so that they talk for another thirty seconds.  If she's across the room when the music starts she scowls and races back over to press the star again.  

I should have seen that putting that particular stuffed animal next to her was bound to be a napping disaster.  She would press the button and lay her head down and close her eyes.  Then the talking would stop and the lullaby would start and she would jerk up, into a sitting position, scowl for a moment and press the star again.  This repeated itself for a good twenty rounds of "goodnight Pooh, goodnight Tigger, goodnight eeyore, goodnight little baby..." before I gave up and took Pooh, Tigger and Eeyore away.  

There were tears involved in this nap, but she's finally asleep and hopefully this nap will last a while so she can wake up bright eyed and bushy tailed (but not so long that she thinks a good bedtime is 9pm!).  I'm watching the clock.  

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