My son has always been a champion sleeper. I remember vividly the first night he slept through the night. I woke up in a panic fearing he was dead in his crib. Since then, he has enjoyed many a long nap and 10-11 plus hours of sleep at night. During those infamous growing spurts, he would fall asleep before his bed time and I would have to wake him every morning. His nap time would last 2-3 hours allowing me to clean the house, work out, clean myself up and sneak in a wee bit of a nap for myself. Unfortunately, that's all about to change.
Don't get me wrong. I love his naps. It's rare when my household is quiet during the day. Lately though, my son has been fighting sleep at night. When I say fight, I mean he is finally giving up between 10-11pm, instead of his normal 8pm. I have been trained to go to sleep close to 9pm, so now our schedule is WAY OFF.
According to the charts at his preschool, this boy has been clocking some 2.5 hours of nap after lunch. Then, he fights sleep at home. So, it's time...it's time to wean back the naps in effort to gain back the earlier bed time for the sake of the household.
I did run an experiment this weekend. I skipped the naps altogether. WRONG. The boy collapses around 4:30pm and wakes up cranky by 6pm. So, my "research" has taught me that he needs something but closer to one hour to 90 minutes instead of this 3-hour nonsense.
When sleep is off in a household, no one is happy. Naps, I will miss you when you are completely gone. I will remember fondly the days when there was quiet during the day and I had a moment to myself. Darn it.