Confession Monday: I Want My Child to Sleep More . . . For Me
My three-year-old son has always been a good sleeper. According to every child-rearing book, he gets the appropriate amount of sleep at night and takes his requisite one nap per day. As he is getting older, that night sleep has dropped from 12 hours to (gasp!) closer to 10, and his three hour naps are now routinely 1 hour and 15 minutes. I know I should not be complaining. By all accounts he is still a great sleeper. Most importantly, he seems well-rested, is not cranky, has tons of energy and pays attention well. He is thriving. But me? Not so much.
A one hour nap is barely enough time to pee and check a few emails, let alone get anything productive done. And the one hour later he goes to sleep at night is one hour less alone-time with my hubby. My frequent 6:00 am workouts have vanished in place of crack-of-dawn play time with my toddler.
I know I shouldn’t complain because my son is healthy and happy. But I am. I admit it, I want my son to sleep more . . . for me. I hear over and over again that there is nothing you can do to get your child to sleep later in the morning (aside from dropping his nap, which I’m not yet ready to do). If any of you mamas out there have helpful suggestions, I’d love to hear them!