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Hey Naps, Please Synchronize

School started for my big girls just over 2 weeks ago, which means we’re doing our best to figure out the day in, day out, groove. I guess you could call it a schedule, which is a novel idea for me.

The boys and I have the bulk of the day to ourselves, from 8am – 2:30pm. We play, we cook, we clean, we run errands, and we (and by we, I mean them) nap.

Oh, the wonder and beauty of a nap. Personally, there’s nothing more glorious than watching your kid nap. It just never gets old.

But as of recently, the boys naps have  actually become problematic. Cramping my style, if you will. You see, someone is always sleeping, and I’m not digging it at all.

Picture it:

My whole family, all six of us get up at 6:30 to start the day. The big girls leave for school at 7:35am.

Baby Paul eats breakfast and is down for his morning nap by 8:30am.

Paul naps from 8:30am – 11:30am.

We (the little boys and I) eat lunch at 11:30, Gage, (my 2 years old), naps from 12:00 pm – 2:45pm.

We leave to pick up the girls from school at 3:00.

As soon as we get home from school pickup, Paul takes his afternoon nap from 3:30 to 5:00 pm.

Dinner is served at 6pm, and bedtime for all 4 of my children is at 7:30 pm.

Did you get that? Other than very short burst of time where we’re either eating or doing the school pick-up thing, someone is always napping.

Translated: I never leave the house, or have a moment to myself. And even though someone is always napping, they’re never sleeping at the same time, which means SOMEONE IS ALWAYS AWAKE.

So while it pains me to even entertain this idea, I’m considering trying to force baby Paul to drop his morning nap, so both the boys nap in the afternoon together.

This way, we could do things in the morning, like errands or story time at the library. And then in the afternoon, I would have a couple solid hours in a quite house, before the girls get home from school.

I’m thinking synchronized naps would be the best thing since pumpkin spiced lattes.

But is forcing a baby (almost 8 months old) to drop his morning nap a recipe for disaster? Ugh, probably. Let me know if you have any tips or tricks, I’m all ears.

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