Nap Time

by Jennifer on April 30, 2013

Nap time is one of my favorite parts of the day, a trait I share with many mothers.

But not for the reason you may think.

Not because it signifies break time for Mommy (because the way nap time works in our household does not involve break time), but because it is quiet time where I can lay down beside you and think…

…about how quickly you are growing…

When we started these naps, you were a tiny little bundle, then eventually your feet reached down to my stomach and now you sprawl out across the bed, your toes extending to my knees.

…about how quickly you are changing…

You used to fly through the world free of the typical dependencies and attachments of babyhood, no pacifier addiction or required blanket.  Now we trek off to bed dragging Woo-Hoo the Owl, Tigey the Lovie and Mank-Mank the Mickey Mouse and sometimes a truck or two…or three.

…about how quickly life changes…

The days of carrying you to bed are over as you now drag me by the hand to “nur-nur night-night”, turn off the light and turn on the sound machine yourself.

This time is becoming less and less frequent.  This time, once a daily requirement, is now a special treat for days when the rest of life’s obligations do not get in our way.

Often I will look in the rearview mirror of the car to find your eyes closed and my heart sinks, knowing we have missed another nap together.

I have had people groan to me about what a pain it must be to have to nap with you.

“Think of all you could do during that time.”

“That’s when I get most of my work done.”

“What do you do while you’re laying there?”

Yes, think of all the dishes I could have washed, all the clothes I could have folded, all the emails I could have answered during those hours.  But dishes, dirty clothes and emails will still be there when this time is gone.

I chose instead to lay with you and watch your gray eyes get heavy with sleep and finally close.  I chose to watch your chest rise and fall with the sweet sound of your breath, to inhale the warm smell of sleep on your hair, to see your eyelashes flutter when you dream, and enjoy the silence that comes with knowing you are safe and content beside me.

 

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Christie May 1, 2013 at 8:38 am

This is so lovely. I do love the me time I get during naps, but when we get to do it together, that’s a special and lovely thing too. Great writing, as usual.
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Michelle Longo May 3, 2013 at 6:05 pm

So sweet! When my son was little he wanted me to lay down with him while he napped. I couldn’t always do it, but I definitely miss getting to do it now.
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Tracy @ Lifes Back Roads May 4, 2013 at 12:40 am

This made me tear up! Beautifully written, and oh so true… My baby is turning 14 in a few weeks, and my older kids are all grown up and out of the house. There were so many times that I wished for a moment’s peace, but now I’d give anything to go back and enjoy the craziness!
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Blogging Bibliophile May 4, 2013 at 7:16 am

This is a beautiful love letter to your son. (And how adorable he is!) My son struggles with napping, and I’ll do anything to get him to sleep. I, too, love watching his eyes flutter and dance under those heavy lids. Your post reminds me that I need to appreciate these moments more and let the dust and dishes accumulate.
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Tomekha May 4, 2013 at 8:15 am

This is so beautiful. It’s such a beautiful moment to just be with your little – everything else can wait.

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Ann Bennett (@AnnBennett12) May 4, 2013 at 9:33 am

Beautiful.
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Jamie@SouthMainMuse May 4, 2013 at 12:58 pm

So sweet. Just seeing that photograph reminded me of peering down at mine in the crib. It still is lovely to watch them sleep no matter the age. Thanks for making me remember.

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Bee May 4, 2013 at 7:24 pm

I hated when my mom would made me take naps. Now I love them! I don’t have kids, but my oldest cat, who’s 18 and now deaf has a routine. Every day around 1:30 she starts screaming at me so lie down under a throw on the sofa so that she can climb underneath and nap while I read.
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icescreammama May 4, 2013 at 9:16 pm

nothing more wonderful than when your baby is sleeping beside you. i love the picture you painted.
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that cynking feeling May 5, 2013 at 9:00 pm

I love taking naps with my son! Forget chores, I’d rather rest. And spending time with my kiddo? A bonus!!
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Ladygoogoogaga May 12, 2013 at 10:24 pm

You are right…i never could relax enough to lay down and enjoy my kids…what i would give to lay down next to one of them as a toddler right now…neither have them have napped in years and they are getting so big…enjoy those moments they are fleeting

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