It's been a full week, between BB's teething and BJ's decision to stop taking naps. Have I mentioned that he's not napping anymore?
Yes, as of about a week or so ago, he is no longer napping. He's only 29 months old -- all my sleep books would lead me to believe he should continue taking a nap until he's 3 or 4 years old.
But nooooooooo. No more naps for BJ.
Happily, I've now learned how to say that without a note of panic in my voice. Oh, how I miss those naps, though. (My mother, if she could, would be sure to remind me that I stopped taking naps at six months old so I should quit whining and accept the karma I earned as a wee baby.) It's nice to have the one-on-one time while BB naps (and she better keep on napping, that's all I have to say) but it sure makes for long days. He goes to bed around 8 or 8:30 p.m. and wakes between 6 and 7:30 a.m., so he just seems to need less sleep than most of his peers.
That, or the sleep books lie. Which is also possible.
Today I really thought he might nap anyway, since we had the playgroup over for a Popsicle Playdate this morning and it just tuckered him out both emotionally and physically. About a dozen kids and their moms, running around in the sun, hyped up on frozen sugar and artificial dye -- now that's a recipe for good times! Actually, we did enjoy ourselves quite a bit. Though the crowd got to be a bit much for BJ about halfway through, at which point he started pleading, "Go inside! Go inside!" I was very grateful that S had stayed home from campus and was able to help by taking BJ in while BB and I hung out with our guests. Hey, at least BJ didn't break into his "No Kids! No Kids!" routine, as he has been known to do.
He recovered his equanimity fairly quickly, once he had a full belly and the full attention of both his parents. When BB went down for her nap after lunch, BJ started yawning and wanted to snuggle up and read some books. I tried to tempt him with "Special Mommy-BJ Nap Time!" but he wasn't going to be snookered in. He remains the napless wonder, and I think that's just how it's going to be from here on out.