Wednesday, January 15, 2014

nap time dilemmas

Why do I always realize how quickly time flies, when it's too late?! I'm always determined to remember how precious each moment is, but then I get caught up in life and I forgot that this stage of life will pass in the blink of an eye.
I've been feeling extremely guilty lately because I've barely made it to church in the last 2 months. Eric has been called in to work almost every weekend (so. freaking. annoying.) and Mia's nap time is during church. We are kind of a slave to Mia's naps because she won't sleep anywhere but her crib. If she would sleep in my arms then I would have no problem going to church the whole time! And if she doesn't get a nap, it takes a couple of days for her to get back into a good sleep routine. And when we are at church I always feel kind of bad because Mia is SO social and SOOOO mobile, so Mia loves to walk around and cheese it at people, or run around and play. I always end up in the hall because I don't want everyone to be annoyed with her. I mean, it's hard to get annoyed with the cutest baby in the world, but you never know ;)
I was talking to one of my clients about this and she said she wished she could be there to play with Mia so that I could listen to the lesson. She told me that these days will be over before I know it and I will be wishing to have them back! Someday I will be begging the young mom's to let their kids distract me because I have no more distractions at home (oh the horror! I'm going to be old before I know it, ha ha).
Her words totally hit home. Mia is already one! She's not a little baby anymore! Before I know it she will be over nap times (and we can kiss my sanity goodbye when that happens). I mean, the sweet newborn-snuggle and sleep on mom anytime, anywhere- stage is long gone. And I wish I would have taken advantage of it more! So no more feeling guilty about missing anything because of Mia's naps. In a couple more years I will be wishing I'd taken advantage of the quiet moments naps provide.
This stage of life will be over way too soon. And I will be heart broken when I look back and see that it is gone! So here's another reminder to enjoy every second because life is so good right now... and it's not going to last forever!

22 comments:

Candace said...

Holt is about to be 10 months and rarely lets me snuggle him anymore. It makes me so sad!
Such a good reminder to cherish each moment and stage because they do pass soooo quickly!

Ashley @ ThisUnscriptedLife said...

My son Noah is 8. My daughter Emily is just 3 months. Seeing how quickly time flew by with him really makes me slow down and try to enjoy every moment I have with her. Noah is growing out of his cuddly stage and now is all, "Don't kiss me at school MOM!" It makes me so sad. At least I still get hugs and kisses at home. They really do grow up way too fast!

Julie said...

My niece just turned 5 and still naps, even if its 30 min, they make her go lay down. I have another friend who has the same issues with her kiddo and nap time, she won't sleep unless its at home, which makes for a hard time but they are always on the move so its ok!

Stacy G said...

What a beautiful picture!

~Dawn~ said...

This is such a good reminder to all Mama's...no matter how old their children are. :)

Erin LFF said...

Enjoy every moment, mama! You are right that time goes too fast, in every stage of life! We just have to enjoy the here and now the best we can :)

Amanda @ Eloquent English said...

I took naps until I was in Kindergarten, at least that is what I was told. ;)

Ashley @ Words About Waverly said...

Love the picture! XO

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Pamela said...

LOVE THIS! So true to everything in life!!

Jessie said...

This second time around, I am much less paranoid about what other women think of my crazy one year old in RS. They all love him! Naps are totally a sacred time of day. Jed is growing out of them, but that time when Levi is sleeping and Jed is not has kinda become sacred too; it's a special time when Jed and I get to spend some special one on one time together. It's wonderful.

Jessie said...

This second time around, I am much less paranoid about what other women think of my crazy one year old in RS. They all love him! Naps are totally a sacred time of day. Jed is growing out of them, but that time when Levi is sleeping and Jed is not has kinda become sacred too; it's a special time when Jed and I get to spend some special one on one time together. It's wonderful.

Nicole@mamashiptips said...

Don't worry she is still a baby.. Julian is going to be three in April but he still takes his nap everyday. if we don't he gets over sleepy. So Mia still going to have nap time for a while :O) i wish time would not fly by

17 Perth said...

yes yes yes...i agree completely!! I totally understand where you are coming from...but just enjoy every single moment!

Katie said...

i think i need this reminder daily! and church is so hard for us too! she won't esaily fall asleep when everything is going on and then she is so fussy and crabby without a nap!

Brooklyn Jolley said...

Such an important thing for ALL of us to remember <3

Natalie Crockett said...

Not to sound too preachy, but here's my advice:

There's never a good time church when naps are involved. My advice is to try to make it to church no matter what. Otherwise, you'll be missing church for the next 2-3 years of Mia's life and then more for any future kids.

My kids practically fall asleep at dinner after 1:00 church, but it's worth it to me to make sure they go to church.

Good luck. Miss you!

Kimberly said...

It would be so hard if Adam wasn't there to get Axel to sleep. He seriously will not sleep in my arms. Soon Mia will be down to one nap and be in nursery where naps don't matter because the kids are having so much fun they don't realize how tired they are! (And then they totally crash when they get home, at least Olivia does!)

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

At least she's walking around being cute to people and not throwing tantrums!!

Dee Stephens said...

Shelby still takes 2 naps. Loves it.

Brady and Lindsay Wood said...

I totally agree it's hard with little ones and this stage but I do think you will be blessed if you do go to church even though you end up walking the halls with your baby because it is the simple principle of being where you are supposed to be. And you never know what the few mins that you actually do get to hear might be just what you needed to get through that next week. Hugs friend!

Mrs. Miller said...

What a great perspective offered by this other mom. I don't hit it every week, but several times a month, I try to focus my blog on Tuesdays to "Treasuring the Present". It's not an official link-up or anything, but it just helps me to take time to really treasure SOMETHING, ANYTHING, in my life at that stage, instead of only seeing the value after its over.

Thanks for the advice with picmonkey. I've used their site for collages, so I'll have to try with a watermark.

Kathy @ Vodka and Soda said...

when your baby is 4 and running around and is ON from when she gets up to when she goes to bed, you will definitely miss those quiet times! that time will fly by in a heart beat and then you'll be asking: how about we go for a nap? to which she'll respond NO! i'm not tired and then you'll think: but *I* am tired!!

-kathy
Vodka and Soda

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