I can hardly believe my son will be three in a month. Time really flies!
Of course, if he is really phasing out his daily nap, I’m gonna start aging even faster than he is.
As a stay-at-home dad, my son’s nap time is pretty much the highlight of my day.
But his midday nap, which he typically takes from about one to four, is the only time calling it “my” day would be accurate.
When he’s asleep, I have a small measure of freedom. For three hours, it’s almost like I don’t even have a kid! I can write a blog post, I can browse job listings, I can make phone calls, I can watch some non-children’s TV, I can pound some non-children’s beverages, I can research fantasy football, I can even take a nap myself if I want to. It’s exactly the break I need to recharge and regroup and relax before he wakes up and we tackle the evening together, by which I mean he spends the evening literally tackling me. It’s fun, especially when I can combine playing with my son with my workout, but on those rare days that he skips a nap, my capacity for child’s play is low.
The mid-day nap is a gift, for my son and me both. But I think it’s about to be returned: Detective Munch and the mid-day nap may be parting ways.
The first warning sign was shorter naps. Instead of three hours, I was lucky if he got two. Initially I thought it was a fluke. And then the nap dwindled to one-and-a-half hours. Then he stopped falling asleep entirely, choosing to sit up and talk to himself and his stuffed animals and whatever else might be in his room for a few minutes before calling for me over and over and over and over and over and over until I rescued him from his bed. Occasionally, like on those days that he gets up extra early, he’ll still take a full three-hour nap, but that’s becoming increasingly rare.
According to “experts” (i.e., according to what Mom and Buried told me after she read something online), children usually start to phase out their daily nap around the age of four. Which would make Detective Munch a full year ahead of schedule. Which is not ideal for my energy, my mood, my blog, my job search, my DVR or my sanity. Or for those so-called experts either because can’t you get something right for once?
But maybe the experts are right about the four-year thing and this is just a phase. Maybe he’ll settle back in to his nap routine and I’ll get one more year, by which point he’ll be spending more time at school and it won’t be my problem.
If not, there’s more than one way to skin a cat. He’s gonna start seeing a sharp increase of turkey in his diet.