Thursday, April 22, 2010

Nap Time? No Thanks!

When I would fantasize about being a mom I always pictured wonderful afternoons when baby napped in her crib for hours and I could catch up on the housework or even have a few minutes of "me" time. Not quite. Devyn is the master of the "power nap", the champion of sleep fighting. This is how she survived the first five months of her existence. Just give her 20-30 minutes (if she sleeps any longer, she might miss something really important!) and she's good to go for another few hours. She's bright eyed, coherent and alert which is good enough for her, but her crankiness is enough to scare everyone else away. She will nap ON someone for hours. That is never a problem. Getting her to nap alone is the issue. There is a trick, although not always foolproof: 1. swaddle tight 2. put in swing  3. turn swing on high. The success of this method is due to the high motion of the swing. It kicks her butt in her fight against sleep. After days of power napping she will usually crash and nap for hours from the utter exhaustion of being Devyn but then wake up in the middle of the night, wide eyed and ready to start her day. That's my baby!

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