Mommy Lesson #367-Don't Let a 14-month-old miss a nap.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

After meeting Andrea & Heather at Peanut Butter & Ellie's for coffee & lunch (Samuel had a blast!), I headed home to get Samuel down for a much-needed nap. He always goes down at around 9:30 or 10am for a morning nap, but this morning, after trying to get him to sleep for 45 minutes, I gave up, and we left for PB & E's. By the time we came home, Samuel was very tired, and I expected him to sleep for about 3 hours to make up for his lost morning nap, but after 45 minutes, he was awake and ready to play again. I knew he had not slept long enough, but what I did not know was exactly how a sleep-deprived 14-month-old would look like. Well, it looks like this: anything he could throw, hit, or tip over, he proceeded to do so. When I tried to remove him from whatever it was he was trying to knock over, he proceeded to take his sippy cup, screw the lid off, and throw the milk all over the living room. After I removed him from that situation and verbally scolded him, he proceeded to throw himself backwards, bumping his head on the floor and kicked his feet and screamed in shrill, simultaneous, ear-splitting screams for 20 minutes. I gave up trying to ignore him, and carried him to the bedroom, as he kicked, screamed, and slapped his hands back and forth in frustration, to try to get him down for a nap. No such luck. After 30 minutes, I realized that it was too late to put him down for a nap if I didn't want to risk delaying his bedtime. So, there was more screaming, more kicking, throwing, tipping, and slapping. We are in transition from babyhood to toddlerhood right now--let the fun begin! Landon and I have a whole new set of parenting skills to learn--here we go!
Karli--a Mommy in training


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