Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Pjs and a Peanut

So our little Peanut has given up her regular naptime – yes, I am very well aware that we are fortunate that she has kept napping up until this point in time.  About 2 months ago, I began to realize that she didn’t really need the nap and began to slowly implement the idea we used with Hudson.  Rest time and quiet play time.

IMG_0607(I know, look at those pigtails, right?!?!  She loves her short hair, but loves the fact she can put it in pigtails again!)

She goes to her room and I set her “pacifier” (she calls it that for some reason – it is her noise maker ;o) for 30 minutes.  For those 30 minutes she stays in her bed and rests quietly.  About 2x a week she will still fall asleep for about an hour; other times she sings or talks to her stuffed animals.  After the waterfall stops, she comes to me and I tell her what time her clock will say after she has playtime in her room for 30 minutes.  It has worked beautifully, and gives this expecting mama a few minutes to rest in the afternoons as well.

We set up a chart for her that she gets a sticker for each 30 minute increment and she finished her first chart.  She chose to have a  PJ Party and watch a movie.  IMG_0590

We had lunch together on our beautiful 73 degree day, complete with hot dogs, kiwi and cheese curls.  (Which was apparently a hit, as one friend exclaimed, “You have kiwi, grapes, and cheese curls?  Anna, this is the best party ever!”)

IMG_0593Then the girls cuddled into their sleeping bags to watch the new release, Barbie in a Mermaid Tale 2.  They were beyond excited and it was fun to hear them laughing and cheering on the characters.


(modeling like Mermaids)

Anna had such a blast that it was no problem getting her to go down for her rest time because she wanted to start her next sticker chart – and she fell asleep for an hour and a half.

1 comment:

The Wyler Family said...

cute! i really wish i would have done something like this when my kids gave up their naps. maybe i ought to try to start it now because it's good for everyone involved! hmmm...