Today marks exactly one week since my perfect-sleeper Aubrey has napped. I'm terribly confused here. I'm the mom that has done everything possible for this kid to be a good napper. Consistent routine? Check! Same bedtime & nap time every day unless it's Sunday, (we have church during nap time, sadly.) a holiday, or something else of importance? Check. I've gotten constant eye rolls, "Can't she just skip a nap or take one later?" Nope. I knew that having a consistent routine was the reason she was so good at sleep times. She barely ever made a fuss for naps or bedtime, & took a wonderful 3 -3.5 hour nap daily.
And then - just like that, she stopped. Nothing in our routine changed. She just stopped napping. Like I said, it all started a week ago. I'd set her in her crib after lunchtime, changed her diaper, handed her a pacifier, & set her in her crib. She stood right back up. "I wa pay, mama." ('I wanna play' in Aubrey language) I laid her down, & she played in there for the next hour. I heard her laughing, talking, jumping, & basically anything BESIDES napping during that hour. I kept thinking that if I just left her in there a little bit longer she would eventually fall asleep. Just didn't happen. I thought it was just a fluke, but it happened the next day, and the next. I tried moving the nap time a little later so she'd be more tired. I tried waking her up a little bit earlier in the morning so she'd more tired for her nap. I tried wearing her out & having her run around the house playing tag. NOTHING worked, and nothing IS working.
I'm having a baby in a month and I was really counting on that 3 hour nap. I'd be fine with a one hour nap! I'm a tiny bit terrified now. I've just been letting her play in there for about an hour, & then I start feeling guilty because she calls for me, "Where arrrre yoooou?" so I take her out. It's the strangest thing - she doesn't get tired or cranky later in the day at all. It's as if she literally does not need a nap anymore. Could that even be possible? She's not even two yet!