Since the abolishment of naps a few weeks ago, our daily routine has been turned topsy turvy. At least, the afternoon and early evening has been disrupted.
See, the problem with not taking naps means that everyone is very sleepy in the late afternoon and evening. Which means that car rides and stroller rides put everybody right to sleep. Which means, no more car rides and stroller rides.
My internal clock seems to run as such:
Bustle around in the morning at home, getting house work and projects done.
Be more relaxed in the afternoon, solving the end of day slump by going for a walk or grocery shopping.
So now, without naps, we get to the time of day when everything falls apart…and we’re stuck at home with no energy or impulse to do anything invigorating.
And, even worse, I haven’t been getting out for any walks. Which leaves me tremulous, at best.
So I finally came to the conclusion that I’m going to have to change our internal clocks. And today was the first day of the big switcharoo.
The big idea:
Be more relaxed in the morning, especially including exercise for Mommy and longer car trips.
Bustle around at home in the afternoon. The biggest change being to make dinner the big cooking meal (instead of lunch).
So, accordingly, right after breakfast we went out for a walk. Then we came home and didn’t know what to do with ourselves, because it wasn’t part of the usual daily flow. Well, the little girls didn’t know what to do, and that was evidenced by much squabbling.
This afternoon we did some grocery shopping close by, because after all that walking MOMMY was too tired to deal with anything at home. Which I’m going to pay for eventually. Probably Friday.
I don’t like it, but I’m going to have to persevere. I’m thinking of instituting an after-lunch 30 minute rest. I’ve been more tired this week from the progressing third trimester, and am really missing that two hour midday nap. 🙂 A rest will at least give me…a rest. Being on duty from the moment I wake up means that I need time to unwind after they go to sleep. Which means I don’t go to bed early.
So tonight I’m going to try to unwind FASTER, and tomorrow we will try the whole thing again. After all, tomorrow is another day.
I certainly hope it will be easier.