The end of an era

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

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It is the end of an era.

Someone has completely hijacked my blogging time...um I mean given up her nap!

During Miss Kate's nap, I used to eat lunch, read blogs, post to my blog, edit photos (and clean, do laundry, and scrub toilets too honey-if you are reading this).  But now between the not napping and the lovely late afternoon tantrums (from not napping), I have no time!  So, I apologize for being the blog slacker that I have become.  Please forgive me while I figure out this new normal.  I miss reading about y'all.

48 comments:

  1. When I read your title my heart stopped thinking you were going to announce the closing of your blog. I'm so relieved, lol. Kate certainly deserves your time more than we do. Good luck getting into a new routine!

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  2. oh i understand how hard it could be to no have a minute for you . with chance my older daughter still nap ( 4 years old) but when she doesn't want to it's an hard day for us ! lol!

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  3. Oh I feel your pain.
    We finally had DD give up naps in preK in December. She wasn't taking them at home and she was staying up too late.
    Now when I pick her up from school she has melt downs almost every day around 5 pm. She needs a tiny nap to make it through, but if she naps too long she will be up all night.
    I love nap time!

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  4. Darn! I hate when that happens, although I got my boys used to "quiet play time" in their rooms when they could read/play quietly, etc so Mommy could have her "quiet time". Sometimes they would actually fall asleep on the floor. Maybe you could talk Kate into this? I miss you and your posts my friend~

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  5. Oh boy, that is sad, isn't it? Jack gave up his nap long ago, and it took me a while to adjust. Good luck to both of you! :)

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  6. Ha, mine gave up hers shortly after she turned two. BUT, and this is a BIG BUT (no, not the other kind!), she still does a one hour quiet time in her bed/crib, while I catch my breath. She never sleeps (except twice, went she was so sick!). She takes a couple of stuffies and a couple of books, and lays down and 'reads' to them.

    If she doesn't get her time to rest, then it's U-G-L-Y at dinner time. We all need our downtime, especially at 2 and at *my advanced age*!!!! LOL

    Best of luck,
    Snick :)
    Sunshine 8 on Monday
    Brilliance 3 in June

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  7. Kim,
    It's a hard transition. One upside is that the giving up of naps usually results in a much earlier and easier bedtime. When Preston, my 4 yr. old, stopped napping last summer, he was ready for bed and asleep by 6:30 as he was a total wreck by 4pm. Even now, he is asleep by 7 or 7:15 and falls asleep almost immediately as he hits the pillow. Also, I am not a huge fan of t.v. but Preston has quiet time every day from 1 -2 and watches a show on Noggin- gives me a chance to unwind, put my feet up, etc. Good Luck!

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  8. Maybe it is just temperary? I don't know what I'll do when Lilah gives up naps, because like you, I do all of the above during nap time! :) I guess I will enjoy this time while it lasts!

    I love that picture of Kate.

    Jill xx

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  9. Oh my. I don't even like to THINK about when Grant and Owen SIMULTANEOUSLY give up their naptimes!!! Let's just say I am going to have to hire a nanny for the afternoon. :)

    Denise's suggestion of "quiet time" worked for me when Claire gave up her nap (right before Grant was born). I told her she had to be quiet for 1 hour - no TV, just books, coloring, or other quiet activities. She actually kind of looked forward to it... as did I. :)

    Blessings!
    Rebecca

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  10. Oh, how I dread the day Lily gives up her naps. Like you, nap time is my me time (or time to actually run around the house and get things done quickly).

    I love the power to the people pose by Ms. Kate!

    Miss you,
    Rachel

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  11. Oh my goodness, I can only imagine how hard that must be!! Hang in there, hopefully it's only temporary and will be over soon. She's still as cute as ever!

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  12. Haha oh no! You poor thing! I'd miss not reading blogs! But she does (obviously!) come first.

    I did get worried when i first read your post thinking you were closing the blog, phew, i'm glad you aren't!
    xx

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  13. Oh I am so sorry, that is tough. Naps are so invaluable. G is getting to where she thinks she doesn't need them and tells me she wishes God didn't invent them.

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  14. Bless your heart! I dread the day! Have you tried a 'quiet time' some days Landree will just sit in her room and I can hear her reading and singing :)

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  15. this picture is a crack up- it looks like she is raising her fist in protest! I feel your pain.... we are on the nap one day none the next program here. Zoey is a complete BEAR without her nap!

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  16. I'm with "the cape house" I thought you were giving up blogging!! Whew!! However, I know how HARD it is to have a little "me time" when you have a 2yr old that refuses to nap!! I have the same problem, however, I have her have 'quiet time" and after much singing to herself, laughing to herself, kicking her legs in the air and several yelps of MOMMA and several threats of HAVING TO POTTY QUICKLY *which was a ploy MOST OF THE TIME!! She finally falls into a slumber. If not, once we had to run an errand she would IMMEDIATELY fall asleep in her carseat and I would have to lug around a 32lb sleeping 2yr old!! NOT FUN @ ALL!!

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  17. You know that I truly feel your pain! This is when I get sad that we are not in the same city, where we could swap days and help each other maintain our sanity, our once organized lives, and our blog and photography passions....

    Hugging you!
    Di
    (Ruby is having "quiet time" with Max & Ruby...)

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  18. We are fighting that issue right now. My daughter is trying really hard to get out of napping but then she totally melts down around 5:00!

    Good luck!

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  19. Aw, what a big change that must be. But, that picture sure is adorable!

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  20. Oh the life and constant "restructuring" of being a MOM!! :) I love the photo of Miss Kate...it's perfect for this post!!

    God bless! <><

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  21. with each nap tranisition J, C and C I felt such a change. I LOVED nap time when J and C were babies because I was so tired from taking care of them both! I needed that little break to be energized. With Caitlyn I loved naptime because I could spend time as you did, blogging, or some time with J and C alone and I love to eat then too. I still try to have her take a little rest time some days and that helps. But she spoiled me for 2.5 yrs taking a 3 hour nap.
    We still get the I am so tired and fussy tantrum time around 5-6PM a few days a week.
    Love your pics this week on the photo blog.:)
    Connie

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  22. My son who is 4 years and 5 months STILL naps everyday. I'm scared that he could give it up in the near future and I'm not sure what I'll do! He has a "late birthday", so he doesn't start 5 year old kindergarten until fall of 2010. So, he's still home with me for a while. (next year he'll do 3 mornings of 4 yr. old preschool) ...Right now I coordinate my 18 month old daughters afternoon nap at the same time as my 4 yr. olds - this is my sanity time! I NEED it!!! :) When he does give it up, I have decided that I'm still going to make him have quiet time in his room for atleast an hour - he has to stay in there and play quietly, lie in bed and read a book, etc. I have friends that do this and they say it works nicely. Maybe you should try it!!

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  23. We miss you too Kim, but family comes first! It is so fun to see sweet kate growing up and hopefully you will get into a new routine soon!

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  24. I was afraid you were giving it up! I go days before catching up on reading the blogs. all things in moderation!!

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  25. I am fearing that day too! Nap times are when I get all of my computer, eating time-um, I mean cleaning done! Good luck!

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  26. Perfect picture! It looks like she's saying "Down with naps!" Good luck, Mama, I hope you and your adorable Kate find your new normal quickly and easily.

    Gin =)

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  27. Just throw a picture or two on the blog and I will be satisfied...
    that is a face noone could resist..
    HUGS..
    Have a great week.

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  28. Forgot to mention...I too panicked when I saw the heading "end of an era". I was so happy to find out that you were not stopping blogging!!

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  29. It's all good. I'll be here when you are able to drop us a line. :)

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  30. Oh no! You poor thing! Carson didn't stop napping until he started Kindergarten and I hope Kamree does the same thing! Hang in there!

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  31. Bless your heart. Ava doesn't nap like she used to either. Darn it, it's such good recharge time for mommies. We all get busy and can't blog like we'd like. No need to apologize my friend. Sending hugs your way :)

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  32. I panicked that you were going to stop blogging. Sorry to hear about the lack of naps but glad that nothing is "wrong". Shew!

    Stay healthy down there!!!

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  33. I am so sorry for you.... Ty still naps at 3.5 years old... but Lily's naps ended at 3. I had to do something and so quiet time for Lily was the plan.... her quiet time is anything but quiet most days but she likes it and Ty naps right through it. Then I get a little window of time to do as much as humanly possible.

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  34. I feel your pain girl!! Sarah gave up the daily nap about 2 months ago.....every once in a while she will go down, but for the most part she is done with them......I always looked forward to that time of day...you could get so much done!!

    Hope you get into a new schedule soon.....I am just thankful it has not cut into your flickr time...at least I still get to see all your beautiful photos:)

    Lisa

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  35. All I can say is "Don't give in!" My oldest went through that for a few weeks-now we are napping again-I hope I am not jinxing myself. I am not gonna let him give it up until at least 4!!!

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  36. Oh how I do remember those days. It will take time before you get into a new routine, I use to do those exact same housekeeping duties expect wash the toilets:-) but got to love the the pic of Katie Ru. She is too darn cute.

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  37. Let us know how it goes! I am going through the same thing with Miss Ainsley. She is 3 and stays up too late if she naps but is a bear if she doesn't. I call it the "pick your poison" stage. I like the quiet time idea. Perhaps I'll give it a whirl! Good luck!

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  38. I know how just how you feel...good luck, we will miss you for awhile :)

    Jen

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  39. Oh, how I miss nap time too. Gave it up a few years ago.

    Leah's almost 4 but I still do "quiet time" with her, where for about an hour, she sits on her bed, reads, colors, plays, whatever.

    I wanted to train her to learn to play by herself and use her imagination, it works pretty well and she's used to it now and I still get my "quiet time" too. :)

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  40. Aww, we miss you, but totally understand :) and who cuter to interrupt your quiet time? Well, aside from the tantrums that is! You'll find a new normal!

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  41. Miss you! What exactally is "normal" anyway!!!!

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  42. Oh no...sorry to hear this. Coby is a terrible napper so I don't know how long I'll have with him..but Annslee (at 4 1/2) still takes a 2 hr one each day!! : )

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  43. I am thankful for still having naps, I treasure this time:) We actually sold our house, so I have been crazy trying to figure out what we are going to do!!

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  44. We miss you, too! From about 4pm until bedtime, we often have a couple of grumpy little girls who won't take naps either. What I wouldn't give for a nap! Sorry this era in your life is over, too!

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  45. It was a sad day when my children gave up their nap. That's when I started waking up at 4:30 in the morning. It's the only time that I get anything done!

    xo
    Brooke

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  46. we all need a universal nap time!
    ox

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  47. Oh how I hate when they give up that nap. {{{hug}}}

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  48. My sincerest condolences!!! It was a sad day in our household when we realized that naps during the day caused sleeplessness at night for our Grace :(

    Terrye in FL

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