Our Nap Time Debacle

Nap time is a much needed time in my day. It’s the only point in the day that I can actually sit for an extended period of time and get work done in a quiet environment.

Avery is now on a two nap a day schedule. Her morning nap tends to be rather short and her afternoon nap is the good deep sleep nap that generally lasts about an hour and a half. I know I can always count on some good quiet time when she goes down for her nap after lunch time. Her afternoon nap has been so good lately, that I’ve recently started to run into a big problem.

For the past week I’ve put Avery down for a nap as soon as we get home from taking Harlan to preschool. She’s been sleeping so well during this nap that I’ve had to wake her up in order to pick Harlan up from school.

As soon as I walk into her room, she’s been in such a deep sleep that she doesn’t even notice that I walk in. I start rubbing her back and she slowly peeks her head up with such a tired look in her eyes. She reluctantly sits up and waits  for me to pick her up out of her crib. I try to quietly transfer her to the stroller so that she can fall back asleep, but we all know that is just something that is never happens the way we want it to. Rather than happily going in her stroller, she screams at me in dissent arching her back making it nearly impossible to put her in. The entire walk to preschool she sits with a frown on her face so that I am constantly reminded I interrupted her good nap.

I’m at a loss of what to do. I can’t make her afternoon nap later once we are home after preschool because it is too close to her bedtime for her to fall asleep. If I make it any earlier I will have to wake her up to take Harlan to preschool. I feel like either way it is a lose lose situation. I’ve thought of walking around a couple of blocks until she falls asleep in the stroller, but she never sleeps as well in the stroller and knowing my luck, she will take a 20 minute nap and be done with it for the day. In the afternoon I am left with a grumpy girl that has been deprived of her sleep.

I would love to hear your suggestions on how to either solve this nap time dilemma or make it easier so that Avery isn’t so grumpy from me waking her up from her nap.

Let me know your advice or suggestions in the comments below! 

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