it’s naptime! hallelujah!

Is there anything better than sleeping kiddos? The house is quiet, the music is off, the tea is on and I’m alone with my thoughts. I love naptime.

When Sarah was still a baby I made a huge change in my daily schedule. For the first few months of her life I thought that all housework and such had to be done while she was sleeping so as not to distract from her. I spent every waking moment of my day with her and then as soon as her head hit the crib I was off to wash dishes, sweep floors, throw in some diapers, and on and on, leaving no time for myself. Life changed on the day I realized what a ridiculous idea that was! Could I still spend time with her while I folded a load of clothes? For sure. What about washing dishes? Yep, here’s the tupperware cupboard, kid…have at it. And sweeping and vaccuming? Hello baby gate! I realized that if I was still going to be me then I needed some time to keep in touch with myself. So naptime became precious time. Even Brent keeps his phone calls short during naptime, excusing himself with an opening line like, “I know this is your time but real quick…” And so often how much time I get to myself determines my mood. Brent always says he knows it’s been a good day if he sees a new blog post! 🙂

Two years later with an extra baby in the house naptime is even more sacred. All the housework gets saved for when babies are awake and I can usually even find a way for Sarah to help out. In fact one of her favorite lines these days is “I’m helping mommy!”

So now here I sit. Blogging, answering emails, enjoying my tea, checking up on all of you. What happens during naptime at your house? I’d love to know!

A.K.January 30, 2008 - 12:28 pm

well since i have no kids at the present moment- nap time is the time when I am the one sleeping- so absolutely NOTHING is being done at that time- not even blogging or enjoying tea!

LisaJanuary 30, 2008 - 1:12 pm

I’m the same as you.  I use to try to be wonder woman during my daughter’s naptime, but now I do things like e-mail, blog, watch a little tv, nap, etc.  It’s nice to feel like a normal person sometimes.  Glad you are able to find a little time still with 2.  I’m due with #2 in 5 weeks so its refreshing to hear. 

MeganJanuary 30, 2008 - 1:15 pm

It wasn’t until about 14 months into my daughter’s life before I realized this very same thing. I really think I have become a better mother since then. Having a little time to myself is necessary in order for me to restore my energy and patience. I’m just praying that when I have two children, I can get them both to nap at the same time!

AnonymousJanuary 30, 2008 - 1:27 pm

Love this blog entry! Nap time around our house is spent eating lunch ON MY OWN, reading your blog and others, emailing friends, and working out. Love nap time!!! Amy T.

JillJanuary 30, 2008 - 1:27 pm

I’m the same as you, nap time at my house is my time! I don’t do anything house wise, instead I catch up on my recorded tv shows, or surf the internet. I love just sitting on the couch doing nothing and drinking a cup of coffee. I have three kids, and 2 of them stopped taking naps, but they need to sit in their rooms for quiet time because they know it’s mommies time to be by herself! I think us mommies need to take time out for ourselves. Glad you put down your mop and sponge to veg out! 🙂 Have a good nap time, I know I will!

TanyaJanuary 30, 2008 - 1:53 pm

I check you blog during nap time for updates! 🙂

I’m also addicted to thenest.com. For some reason I can’t seem to nap while my daughter naps even when I need it!

Jenny L.January 30, 2008 - 2:04 pm

I spend naptime sitting very, very still. I sip tea or hot cocoa. Write my blog. Catch up on e-mail. Watch Law & Order reruns. Eat lunch. It’s so completely my time.

CoryJanuary 30, 2008 - 2:29 pm

Naptime used to be my time. When the girls were both around Sarah’s age, I would cherish naptime, “my time”, and go do something for myself as soon as they were asleep. I’d sit and read a book, my Bible, curl up and watch a “chick flick” I couldn’t get Cory to watch with me. And then our son came along. And “nap” just doesn’t seem to be in his vocabulary. So, the time I look forward to now is after bedtime, when the girls are tucked in, and my little man can no longer fight sleep. As soon as the last little lashes flutter closed, I just stand there in the hallway, wrapped in the blissful silence that replaces the chaos of my day. DH and I can then go watch a show we DVR’ed, or play a game, or make hot chocolate, sit and talk. “My time” has become “our time”, but that’s okay. He’s worth sharing it with.

AnonymousJanuary 30, 2008 - 3:14 pm

Well….my husband works odd hours so to be very honest naptime is most of the time “our” time. To connect in all sorts of ways! -Sara

MeganJanuary 30, 2008 - 3:17 pm

Good for you! It took me a long time to figure that one out. Now if both of my little ones nap at the same time, I usually do things I can’t do while they are awake. Such as blogging, reading, crocheting, things little fingers get in the way of. I’m with you on the tea time too. It seems to be a little more soothing!

carolJanuary 30, 2008 - 3:53 pm

I wish I would have used my “nap time” that way when my kids were small instead of doing all housework.

mandyJanuary 30, 2008 - 5:16 pm

call & catch up with friends…with NO kids in the background! And I love reading & Googling anything that crosses my mind! It’s my escape to the rest of the world time!

TerahJanuary 30, 2008 - 6:12 pm

I was blessed with 3 children all within 18 months time..My oldest son just turned 3 and my B/G twins will be 2 in April…let me tell you that I’m no longer the “neat-freak” I once was. It is pretty impossible to get any cleaning done with them awake and by the time nap rolls around the last thing I want to do is clean. I usually shop on ebay for their clothes, edit photos and talk to my sisters….and yes it’s heaven to be able to eat without 3 little birdies begging for more. After bedtime I take a bath and do my devotions. My poor husband and I don’t even know each other anymore. It is hard to know which is most important..”My” time or “our” time and we never seem to have time for both…we are blessed and very happy though.

StefanieJanuary 30, 2008 - 6:27 pm

I love naptime!! When Annalise cooperates, I listen to New Life Live & eat lunch … all by myself!

the larsonsJanuary 30, 2008 - 6:40 pm

It is an art to get these girls to nap/have quiet time at the same time, and when they do, I usually run to the couch and close my eyes. Oh, the glory of that 90 minutes!

Aunt LuJanuary 30, 2008 - 7:09 pm

Hummmm, what do I do at naptime? I usually sleep;-)

AmyJanuary 30, 2008 - 7:55 pm

Amen, sister! I will say that it took me a while to figure out that housework can be a fun activity for a baby/toddler, too. So now, during naptime, I work on pictures! And I’ve actually scrapped about 30 pages in the last 3 weeks. That’s after a 4+ year drought!

ShannonJanuary 30, 2008 - 8:13 pm

Oh I love naptime! I agree with you….I do my cleaning while the kids are awake. They are usually by my side, no matter where I am. I usually get about 2 1/2 hours to myself and I update my blog, scrapbook, watch TV, surf the net, or whatever else I feel like doing that day. I do usually save laundry for naptime and just fold it as it gets done so I have plenty of in between time.

Getting my kids on the same nap schedule was one of the best things I ever did for myself! My almost 3 year old always asks me why they have to take a nap and I just tell him because it makes everyone feel happier.

Enjoy your time!

Cathy BolanderJanuary 30, 2008 - 9:44 pm

I have a 1 month old & a 16 month old so I quickly clean up & then spend the rest of naptime checking emails, blogging & scrapbooking if they ever nap at the same time. I love your blog! Very inspirational photos.

ellenJanuary 30, 2008 - 9:50 pm

I wish…

LoriJanuary 31, 2008 - 5:54 am

I don’t have any kids yet, so technically there’ no “nap time”. But I work a 4-10 schedule, so I have every Friday off. I love when my husband and my mom are off too and can spend time with me, but I also secretly love my Friday’s when they whole day is just me. Usually I sleep late, and then spend time sewing or scrapbooking. Friday’s are also the only day that I can sit and watch marathons of America’s Next Top Model or Project Runway without anyone complaining.

Giggle BlossomsJanuary 31, 2008 - 6:52 am

Currently, homeschooling of the 5 year old goes on while the 18 month old is napping. However, with a 3rd little girl due in just a few weeks, I’m sure we’ll see a few schedule changes here and there in the months ahead. 😉 😉

AngelaJanuary 31, 2008 - 7:05 am

You are right…that time is sacred! If one of my three kids isn’t cooperating with quiet time then I get mighty grumpy. But I like how your post doesn’t have a hint of guilt or offer any apologies for enjoying quiet mommy time. It took me a while to overcome the guilt I felt doing indulgent things during naptime. My favorite naptime pasttime: BLOGGING!

Shannon K.January 31, 2008 - 7:24 am

Oh my….naptime is SACRED here! Katie wakes up the littlest noise so I was forced (haha) to do quiet things during nap, which I did in fact turn to ME TIME! 😀 I play on the internet, blog, edit photos, watch Days of Our Lives….it’s heaven I tell ya.

JenJanuary 31, 2008 - 8:24 am

I do home daycare so there is no naptime break since some of the kids don’t sleep. We do have quiet time where they read do puzzles etc but then I’m usually cleaning up after lunch and getting outside clothes ready for the walk to school to pick up the big kids. On weekends when Morgan is sleeping, Ryan watches a movie or plays by himself and I catch up on blogs or work on photos. You are right housework can be done with the kids and they actually enjoy it. Love the naptime photo with the book on top of her, precious!

brandyJanuary 31, 2008 - 10:25 am

Another “nap time blogger” here! I always make plans to get do laundry, CLEAN !, but I never make it. Thankfully, I have a wonderful husband, who doesn’t mind that the housework isn’t finished when he comes home:) But he too, can tell when I’ve been on the blogs!

JenniferJanuary 31, 2008 - 10:47 am

We love your “me time” too since that means more blogs!! Since I’ve always worked full-time, my “me time” was when I’d come home for lunch and have the place to myself for an hour. Until we moved 20 minutes from work 9 or so years ago. Now “me time” no longer exists. Of all the things I miss, it’s my mind I miss the most…. 🙂

AngieJanuary 31, 2008 - 1:43 pm

Right now, naptime for the girls is naptime for mommy, too! (I’m pregnant and soooo tired.)

But you learned a valuable lesson fairly early on! I think that’s great advice to give new moms.

Such a precious picture of Sarah’s naptime. I love it!

AliDyerJanuary 31, 2008 - 5:16 pm

well, no kiddos around here yet..so, like others have said, naps are for ME! Haha. But, I am glad that you set aside time for YOU! Can’t take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself too. I know a lot of new parents that don’t understand that. And, I hope I don’t forget that one day when we are blessed with Children. 🙂 I love your blog by the way. You children are just ADORABLE!

J.J. KillinsJanuary 31, 2008 - 7:54 pm

the exact same thing as your house. i do NOT work during nap. it is MY time.

AnonymousFebruary 1, 2008 - 2:05 pm

Wow. I’m a new mother of an almost 3-month old little girl and I have to say that I’m so glad you wrote this. I’ve felt feelings of guilt for putting her in the bouncy chair while I’m making dinner or doing the dishes, but why? I’m singing to her or talking to her the whole time and she’s happy, so why the guilt?

Ah…sweet sweet relief.

Thank you!
Monica

BeccaFebruary 1, 2008 - 9:05 pm

Hi Erin, I just found your site through Angela from thepaintedhouse and LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I’m starting to become interested in photography and have the Rebel XT and know NOTHING about it. So my learning has begun-though slowly. I have really enjoyed looking through all your pics and think you have a wonderful eye. I feel like I’ve gotten to know you through the blog-isn’t it great this blog thing? It really connects people from all over.
About the naptime thing. Unfortunatly mine don’t nap anymore but are old enough to understand (most of the time) when Mama needs some quiet time!

~SFebruary 2, 2008 - 4:27 pm

Oh, gosh, isn’t this completely true? I adore nap time, and one of mine is outgrowing it right now, so believe me, it’s precious. I needed to read this post. 😉 And by the way, that image is priceless. *sigh*

AmyFebruary 3, 2008 - 5:16 pm

Naptime around was definitly Mommy Time. I figured that out pretty early with Luke and Jack. Once I got them on the same schedule, I thought WOW! I have time to clean up. Hah! Then Zoe came along and well there was a time when they all napped at the same time, but not anymore! Enjoy your time!…Had to smile about Brent calling and saying he knows this is your time…Tony does the same thing!

JenFebruary 4, 2008 - 8:54 am

same here! my high maintenance kiddo wont nap without me, so i blog, type and check emails single handedly while she snoozes next to me during naps! she wont entertain herself for too long when i try to get a few chores done around the house, but i totally agree with everything you wrote!! hopefully i get more time for such things as she gets older and more independent 🙂 kudos to you for making it work with two kiddos! 🙂

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