Lack of daytime naps causes meltdowns (for mommy)

Posted in Mom Stuff
by Melissa Linebrink

Ten years ago, I graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in journalism. During my senior year, I was the editor of the collegiate newspaper, The BG News and I also wrote for the local newspaper, The Sentinel Tribune. Between the two jobs, I was also taking 18 credit hours, cramming for exams/writing papers and planning a wedding.

Oh, how I miss those days!

The funny thing is, 10 years ago I couldn’t wait to graduate, get a job and get married, and ultimately, start a family.

Boy, was I looking at life through rose-colored glasses!

Today, my daily routine goes something like this:

Wake up at 7 a.m.

Make beds

Make breakfast

Make packed lunches

Get Ethan on the bus

Play with the twins, read to the twins, sing songs with the twins

Get myself dressed

Get the twins dressed

Maybe run an errand or two

Make lunch


But recently, Derek has decided he no longer needs a afternoon nap. What he doesn’t realize is that MOMMY needs that two-hour nap window to regain my sanity.

During those two hours, I make a few phone calls for my job, clean the house and if I am lucky, I get to sit down for 30 minutes to read a book or take catnap.

Yet, for the past two days, I have done nothing but listen to a child scream during what is suppose to be his nap time. His screaming causes me to scream, which causes him to cry, and in turn, I cry.

All in all, lots of tears have been shed the past couple days.

Then, today, after 30 minutes of crying, he finally went to sleep. During those 30 minutes of crying, I needed to finish a story on deadline, so I set my laptop on top of a laundry basket next to my washer and dryer (both of which were running) to drown out his crying.

I know it was not nice of me to let him cry-it-out, but all the material I read online told me not to deviate from the schedule I have created for him. He still needs a nap and he needs to know he will have to take one.

So, here’s to hoping tomorrow there is no screaming or crying … from mommy or Derek.


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