Two weeks ago, I finally made it back to my Monday morning yoga class. I was so excited to be there, but about ten minutes into the class I was spent. As I kept reverting back to relax in child's pose, I could not figure out what was wrong with me. I was able to jump right back into the class after a 9 month pregnancy break, without a problem. I couldn't figure it out and I spent the rest of the day in a bad mood. A few days later, as I trying to negotiate the day while holding Rory, it hit me. I was exhausted. Rory would not let me put him down anymore. He was exhausted. Somewhere in our travels over the past couple of months he graduated from the age where babies are flexible and portable with their naps to the age where he was not. That night, I grabbed my "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" book and got in bed at eight. It did not take long to figure out a plan. Weissbluth pretty clearly outlined how a baby Rory's age should be napping: naps around 9, 1 and a third nap if necessary. I started the next day and vowed to put and leave Rory in his crib for an hour even if he was crying. Well, it worked. The first few days, Rory did not come close to sleeping an hour each nap, but he cried very little. Slowly, over the course of the week his naps have gotten longer and more scheduled. I do not enjoy schedules and I was even more hesitant to be tied to a nap schedule with active older boys. But, I am now breathing a sigh of relief. I feel like I understand my days now, even if they are more limited. If Rory does get fussy, I can more easily determine what is wrong. Rory is happier. I am even enjoying Finnan and Jude more as I can actually focus on them without holding on to their baby brother at all times.
Now, we are squeezing in play dates or short errands in between his first two naps then taking any longer outings in the afternoon. I have even mastered the pool with the three. In fact, Rory loves the water and smiles and kicks with delight while getting constantly splashed by the chaos around him. We have also been enjoying our time at home and the boys have been spending a lot of time working on art and building projects.