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Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Power of the Nap

This morning was definitely NOT a good morning for my offspring. It is Bup's birthday today and Noah was supposed to go up on stage during this morning's church service to give her a present. I dressed him up in his nice button up black shirt and gave him a pep talk about what he was supposed to do. He whined and acted up all morning and made me extremely nervous. Then, when I was at the point of doing anything to keep him from a melt down, I gave him his milk even though I knew it was a bad idea. Sure enough, the sippy cup top pops off and the milk spills all over his nice black shirt. I rush him into the bathroom and laugh so that he will not cry and soak him with water. He is supposed to go on stage in 4 minutes. I beg him not to cry, tell him that he needs to be a good boy for Bup and rush him to the side of the stage. He begins to whine because he wants to color on her present. I find a pen nearby and let him color on it. He is satisfied. When it is his time to go on stage and give Bup her present, he walks up slower than a turtle with me harshly whispering for him to "GO" behind him, hands her the piece of paper and walks off. No hug, no kiss, nothing! But, I have to say that I was thrilled. He made it up without a tantrum and with no one noticing his milk soaked shirt. As soon as we left the main auditorium, the melt down began. There was no bribe or threat that could calm him. He just needed his bed. Once we picked up Maia from her class, we had double trouble on our hands. She would not let anyone come near her because she was so cranky. We had to get out of there fast. We did and when we got home, we put the kids straight to bed.
When they awoke 2 hours later, I was amazed at the angels that emerged from my kids' room. They were happy, respectful, well-mannered, and as pleasant as could be. I am in awe of the power of the nap and want everyone to know that my kids will be nap until they move out of my house at 18. It seems that my children go to sleep as little demons and wake up as angels so if a nap is what it takes to exorcise those demons then I am firm believer in naps for life.
Here are some of the cute pics I got of my little angels after their nap. Hard to believe that they could be so evil, huh? Don't let the cute smiles fool you!


Jen Resendez said...

I can't believe how big they both are and how long Maia's hair is! They both are such cuties! :)

duartestudios said...

Oh yes! Naps were mandatory in our house when my kids were little. That's when I became a believer in miracles! works miracles in the mommy's moods too! Logan's 16 and he still takes naps! hehe

Shawna said...

Naps are WONDERFUL!! Don't go to the toddler bed anytime soon, or else you may be giving up the nap bliss forever. Right now, my boy is locked in his room (yes locked in) with a movie on because he refuses to nap without a major melt down from both of us, and I am unwilling to give up this time. Gotta go. He is banging on the door yelling "I NEED something." Good luck and enjoy the naps while they take them.