My son let me live out one of my worst fears as a new parent - to have a kid that does not like to sleep. For the entire first year of his life, it was VERY rare for him to nap, and IF he did, it was in the car! Not to mention he never slept through the night. Now, at a whopping 20 months, it is really the first time in his life that he will nap in his crib in the afternoons without temper tantrums, throwing his blanket and stuffed animals out of his bed whilst screaming, or having to drive him around in the car so he will fall asleep. He actually naps in his crib (insert praise dance here)!!
I love productivity and it is my goal as a wife/mom, to do the best I can to cook delicious meals for my man, keep my house deep clean (I mean I loooooove cleaning our place and it has always been very therapeutic for me, so I NEED to), and to try to maintain daily workouts, laundry, and other daily to do's we all aim achieve. As you moms know, sometimes these things feel almost impossible while you are chasing a toddler around all day. You pick up - they destroy. You make them healthy and delicious meals - sometimes they eat, sometimes they don't. You try to get in a run while pushing the stroller - sometimes they scream bloody murder, so you have to head back home.
My point is that toddlers cannot be put in a tiny, organized box. They need certain freedoms. They are unpredictable. Sometimes they have fussy days. Sometimes my son needs to throw everything out of his toy box a million times, and that's ok.
To keep my sanity, I have really learned the beauty of naptime and try to cram as much as I can into that hour. For some moms, they use that time to decompress with a bowl of icecream or a cooking show. You need to do what YOU need to do. Not everyone decompresses while mopping their floors and pinesoling like I do (as I'm typing it, I realize I do sound like a weirdo. I own that!).
It is important that you find YOUR way of trying to regain your mental strength so you can be the best mom to your crazy toddler. Maybe that's baking a home-made batch of brownies during naptime or taking a hot bath when your toddler goes to bed for the night.
Don't compare yourself to other women - be you and find what helps you be the best mom that you can be. Because, girl, it is NOT an easy task! Some days there are tears, frustrated phone calls to our spouses or friends, and lots and lots of prayer to keep it together. Can I get an amen?
For now, I am thankful for naptime and the opportunity to knock some things off my to do list. We have to celebrate all of the small victories!
I am also thankful for the entire year we spent trying to get Liam to nap ... the timing of parenting is not always what we want it to be, but with persistence and lots of prayer, anything is possible!
You got this! Don't give up, even if it involves some tears and trying it for the 100th time.
Keep that messy bun high, moms! You got this!
Sometimes moms run on messy buns, sweatpants, and lots of coffee ... and that's ok!
I'm a twenty-something mom of a busy toddler who often finds normalcy in messy buns & sweatpants kinda days. I am here to write about laundry-folding epiphanies, mommy-mishaps, mommy-must haves and those no-good-at-Pinterest honest moments.