in the sleeping department with Adie Grace.
She used to be such a great sleeper. Slept 9-10 hours at night.. 2-3 hours at nap time. Then she turned 3 in May. And it's never been the same since. Nap times have been fewer and far between. =( And if she DOES nap then she's doesn't sleep well at night and makes frequent visits to our bedroom. At the beginning of the summer we tried everything.. spanking, bribing, moving her bed to different spots, shutting her bedroom door.. all have done no good.
There have been times where we've checked on her before we go to bed and can't find her. That's never a good feeling as a parent! One time we found her in our closet and last night we found her on the couch. Nakid.
And if she doesn't nap? By 4pm she is a CRAZY woman! Hyper, naughty and feisty. Never a good mixture when you are three years old.
And if we go somewhere? Yep.. she falls asleep. At 4pm. Or 6pm.
And every parent know that's a disaster waiting to happen when the 3 year old falls asleep at 6pm!
(Yes, the belly button always has to be accessible in the car for her to pull.)
How are we solving the problem currently?
She crawls into our bedroom every night and sleeps on the floor. A lot of the time she's nakid and an ice cube because she's gone to the bathroom and can't get her PJ's back on in the dark. So she lays down with no blanket and freezes on our floor. And when we hear her come in we should just send her back to bed, right? She's learned to be so quiet that we don't hear her until we trip on the said ice cube in the morning!
Ah.. this no-nap transition has been harder than the transition from one to two kids! No joke!