The Adventure Starts Here: Napping - Our "New" Normal | A Link-up Announcement

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Napping - Our "New" Normal | A Link-up Announcement

Big news in our house... Noah has officially given up his nap!  Part of me was dreading this day, but as I type, I'm sitting next to him, watching Toy Story 3, during what used to be his nap time.  While nap time was great while it lasted, this new phase seems pretty fun too.  Just another sign that my baby is really growing up!  While it would have been easier to keep him entertained if he had made this transition in the summer, I'm sure we will figure it all out soon.  

The timing of this transition is kind of funny.  Two days before he gave it up, I was telling my mom that, after his birthday (and the time change), I was considering slowly phasing out the nap.  Noah's nap was starting (and ending) later and later in the day and making him go to bed at night closer and closer to 10 pm.  Maybe Noah overheard my possible plan, because just a few days later, Noah fought his nap, and this time he won!  Or maybe he just decided naps were for 2 year olds, and now he's 3!  

In theory, I'm not against the no nap thing.  Noah is a really easy and fun kid.  He enjoys playing on his own, doing quiet things like reading, doing puzzles, and watching movies.  We try to keep our mornings busy and still take it easy in the afternoons even though we aren't having actual naps anymore.  My only issue is that he sometimes gets tired around 4:30.  If I don't keep him actively entertained from 4 to 6:30, he has been known to fall asleep on the couch (twice so far).  I didn't mind the first time this happened, but then I learned that he sleeps for 2 hours, despite the lights being on and me making tons of noise.  This is great for Chris, since he's then awake, happy, and ready to play when he gets home at 7, but it makes bedtime super late!  The transition was the hardest on Noah and Chris' relationship.  At first, Noah was getting super cranky and ready to go to bed starting 6:30.  This meant that Chris wasn't getting much (if any) play time with Noah during the week, and that was really hard on both of them.  Thankfully, Noah is already adjusting and is going bed closer to 8 now.   

While my experience with parenting is limited (relatively speaking), I've found that the key to success is going with the flow and constantly adapting.  I am confident that we will find our stride soon and figure out how to make the best of our once nap time.  I am a strong believer that Noah still needs some downtime each day, and I'm personally not against giving him some extra screen time.  I also have some good intention to start using this time to go on neighborhood walks when the weather cooperates.. we will see if I follow through on this plan ;).  I'm currently coming up with some additional ideas to keep us entertained (and sane), especially with winter coming and more time spent inside.  In the meantime, I would love some suggestions and advice from moms who've already gone through this no nap transition :)


I also wanted to share with you a fun linkup that I will be co-hosting in December.  As a blogger, it's so exciting (at least for me) to watch your space grow and make some amazing blogging friendships.  While I don't have a ton of followers (especially compared to other blogs), I was so happy to meet a personal goal this year and went from 35 followers to over 50.  While this may sound like a small goal, it was a pretty big deal for me since I put a lot of time and effort into my small space in this blogging world :)  I think and hope a lot of bloggers can relate, so we (myself and 3 other bloggers) are giving you a chance to share the highlights of your 2015 blogging experience with the 2015 Blogger Year in Review linkup.  

A lot can happen in a single year in the blog world. Not only did I see my followers grow, but I also started doing a few new things with the blog.  I made sure I posted on a regular basis, worked on my photography, made a bunch of new blogging friends, and focused on increasing my social media presence.  It has been a busy and wonderful year!  

We want to to hear about your year. What is it that we want you to share on those Fridays in December? It's super simple. Here are some writing prompts to get your mind working and reflecting on your blog experience this year:
  • Share your top 5 posts - either most visited, most shared or ones that you just love and had an overwhelming amount of support on. 
  • Break up your posts from the year and share your best in any of the following categories - food, fitness, books, family, craft, health, parenting, how to, tips and trick, etc. 
  • Share five new blogs you've discovered - I can't possible know of all the good blogs. Share your newest discoveries from the year.
  • Share with us blog posts that you've read this year, loved and think we should read too. 
  • Blogging is a never-ending learning experience. Share with us five lessons you've learned this year about blogging.
  • Have you been blogging awhile and think you have tips or tutorials that others could benefit from? Share five tips to make blogging easier for yourself or others in the new year. 
  • Share your personal blog growth. Have you grown your social outlets. Share your success. This is your chance to brag about your numbers. 
Anything goes! And how you post your year in review is up to you. You can add it in to a Friday Favorites post or do a dedicated post sharing details on one of the writing prompts listed about. However you decide to reflect on the year, I hope that you will join Aubrey, Beth, Stephanie and me. 

All we ask is that you include our button on your post and link back to one of our blogs. The linkup will open up on December 4th and will close December 21st. If you share your post on social media, please use the hashtag #2015BloggerReview so we can search, find and read your posts. I can't wait to read your post and reflect on 2015 with you!


  1. It's so so sad to say goodbye to nap time! I feel for you! Hudson does "rest time" from 1 to 2:30 in our bedroom with a movie on. Sometimes he actually falls asleep but most of the time he just watches the movie. It's helped my sanity a ton!

  2. Honestly, I don't really have any advice for you on the no nap thing because Mason still LOVES to nap (like we have to wake him up after 3 hours on the weekends). I don't know what it is, but I'll take it! Haha. Sometimes he does fight it and one day on the cruise (as you will see coming up), he didn't nap all day and fell asleep AT the dinner table. It was quite funny. But it sounds like you're doing a great job and I think a rest period is perfect for when he should have been napping prior.

  3. We still have rest time, but he rarely naps. At school, he never naps, so he reads on his mat from 1 - 2:30. At home, he usually falls asleep, but I try not to let him sleep too late, because it does interfere with his bed time, then the next morning is a disaster!! I can't believe how quickly these boys are growing up!!! And what a fun linkup!! I am going to try to get my act together!! :)

  4. We lost nap time about a month ago. It's tough on the days that Liam gets super tired but in general I'm okay with it. I try to get him to fall asleep in the car for a bit on our way home from our morning activity, but that only happens about half the time. I love that I don't have to rush home for naoto me anymore though!

  5. I love having the whole day free with no naps. Aria never slept well on the go so we always had to make it home for a nap. So not having to worry about that is nice. The end of the day grumps are the pits though. She gets TV mid day instead of a nap, and mostly we just continue on with her usual activities. I'd love to work on quiet time self play, but she is not big on doing things alone. Maybe after the new year I'll try some ideas.

  6. Congrats on the no nap! This will open up so much freedom in scheduling, I'm sure! And I am so excited about the link-up. I love link-ups and will definitely be participating!

  7. Oh man!! I can't believe he's done with naps already. Tyson still naps, in fact will ask if it's time for one, BUT I think we might be getting close - he's flexible when it gets missed and is starting to put up a little protest every once in a while when it's time. I think the 'rest/quiet' time is still important though. He's similar to Noah in that he can play alone and keep himself entertained for a while so I think we'll go through route when the time comes. I'm sure you guys will have your new normal/routine in no time!! :) Fun link-up too, I'll have to keep it in mind.


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