As I am laying my 3 yr old down for his daily nap, he says to me
"Oh, I love to go to sleep. And I love chocolate."
Now, that is a kid after my own heart!!! Just like his Momma!!! He is SO MY SON! :P
So, yes, my 3 yr old still takes a nap every single day. Sanity for this Momma, let me tell you. He is the cutest 3 yr old twerp around but he is also the most strong willed 3 yr old I have ever met. So, those daily naps are a must for me to be able to cool down to deal with him for the 2nd part of the day!
Yes, my 3 yr old still sleeps in a crib. Why shall we spend $ on a twin size bed that takes up too much room in our small bedrooms anyway? Did I mention that he is a twerp? Why, yes he is and that is another super good reason that he sleeps in a crib still....b/c he can fit in it!
And that chocolate comment? So what if I bribe my 3 yr old to take a nap by giving him some sort of chocolate. What? You wouldn't do that if you had a strong willed kido like mine? Ha ha! :P
Talking about naps and chocolate...I could really go for some yummy chocolate but it is Holy Week and I already broke that "no sweets this Holy Week sacrifice" already-I snagged a Cadbury chocolate egg for me all the while I was getting one for my 3 yr old. Oh, those human tendencies can be so cruel.
To those young inexperienced mommy's out there-do not think I have it all together b/c this was a learned by lots of mistakes and practice.
You may be wondering how in the world do I get my 3 1/2 yr old to still nap (besides the chocolate bribe!?)? The kido goes to bed a bit later than hubby and I hope for. It is also b/c my oldest is getting a bit older (11 1/2), and he is just not ready to fall asleep and stay quiet (he's a chatterbox) till later, at least 9:30, which is not too late for many people but for us-we are ready to go to sleep by 8/8:30!HA! Instead of fighting my 3 yr old to be quiet and get to sleep, I have embraced it by reading to him and his 2 big sisters and loving on him, without Lil' Lady around, b/c she goes to sleep around 8pm. BTW, we realized that they do not sleep well and end up having a really restless sleep if we fight them to go to sleep and it was not worth getting them down earlier just for us to be up w/them in the night! I do know if I did not give him that daily 1 hour nap, that he could probably get to bed earlier, my quiet time and sanity is much more worth it at this point!
So, as much as he is a super cutie, he is also a lot of hard work. But well worth it and wouldn't trade it for anything. And now that he is napping, I must go rest up to tackle the rest of my day!
God bless your day,