Yesterday things were different. We went to our weekly music class, had lunch, but instead of having our usual downtime while Indi napped, Jude had a friend over to play. They played for a couple of hours. Then one of my friends dropped by with her 6 year old and these two played for a couple more hours. By 4pm Jude was fried. He was refusing to share, crying, and generally acting completely out of character. I told him he need to spend a few minutes in his room to cool off. When I came back he told me, "Mommy, I just want to be left alone." Given his mood, I agreed that this was the best idea. I listened to him read to himself quietly for awhile. Then it became totally silent. I went back to check on him. This is what I saw:
The kid has not taken a nap during the day for over a year! I was pretty floored! Confirmation that our pm downtime is still a must!
On the subject of sleep, we've had this recurrent issue of Jude coming to sleep with us during the night. This in and of itself would not be a problem for us EXCEPT that he kicks and thrashes in his sleep. He doesn't notice, but it's very disruptive to Dan and me. When I woke up yesterday, both Dan and I had had it! I told Jude that he needed to
A. sleep in his bed all night OR
B. come in as quiet as a mouse and sleep on the chair in our room but that he could not sleep with us anymore because of the aforementioned kicking/punching/thrashing.
That very afternoon we received a package in the mail from my mom. It was a birthday gift for Jude (he'll be 4 on Saturday). Knowing our issues of "musical beds" she had the ingenious idea of buying him a darling, cozy horse sleeping bag. Perfect for the chair!!!! So I let him open it early.
When I tucked him into his bed, he agreed that if he woke during the night he would quietly bring his sleeping bag into our room and camp out on the chair. We said our good nights. When I came back to check on him and he was gone. He had moved to the chair in our room. He even set up his "music box" (iPod holder) which he usually keeps in bed with him, next to the chair.
Looks pretty comfy! We let it fly last night, but from now on we told him that he needs to fall asleep in his own bed before moving to the chair.