Ah, naptime. Every stay-at-home mom's short respite in the day. Naptime is often when I try to write a quick blog entry, along with attempting minor household chores. Of course, all of those lofty goals of what we "need" to accomplish during naptime rarely seem to happen for many of us.
For a while, when my son switched to one nap a day (and before I had my daughter), the hour or two would fly by so fast that I felt like all I did was gobble some food, pick up a toy, and brush my teeth before hearing him on the monitor. Doing laundry, checking email, making a phone call...all of those little tasks seemed impossible to get done. In an effort to feel more productive during that time, I started making a list of 2-4 things I would like to accomplish during naps, and that helped me feel a bit better. I enjoyed crossing items off that list. More often than not, however, I still ended up spending those precious minutes lying on the couch "for just 5 minutes," or scrolling through Facebook...you get the idea...
And now baby makes 2 kids with naps in the house. My daughter still takes two naps a day, which makes my son and I housebound in the morning-- a blessing and a curse. But most days, I decide that I'd rather suffer from some cabin fever than drag a tired baby around town, so I commit to those two naps.
I suppose the message here is that naptime should be a restful time not just for our children; there's no harm in moms getting some R&R too. In fact, grabbing a bit of rest and time for myself feels necessary for me to be the best mom I can be. And yet it's so hard not to feel guilty if you put your feet up for 10 minutes, or, (gasp!) watch an old episode of Sex & the City. But let's all try to not feel guilty (especially if we can manage the unthinkable: getting both kids to nap at the same time) because before you know it, that familiar red light on the monitor will flash and you'll hear the cries, and all too soon you'll be back at it!
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