fave friday + no naps

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happy friday lovelies.  has your week been everything you dreamed it would be or have you just made it through by the skin of your teeth?  i find myself in the latter of the categories.  while feeling a little scathed, however, i still find myself  feeling triumphant.  i managed another 3 days with 4 kids on my own.  this is not for the faint of heart.  although, it will make you feel quite faint.  i’m tired and day dreaming about sleep and lots of it.  and on that subject, doesn’t liam brave look so sweet?  like a angel or cherub who at one glance might melt your heart into a pool of sweet churned butter.

well, before that, there was . . .

this . . and lots of it!


every day, and all of the days, last week and the week before that.

the stay in bed game is a serious one and this kid is my most accomplished player.  and, i can tell you right now that he doesn’t like to loose.  that is not a bad quality,  just a trying one to the opponent.  anyhow,  after many looks like the one above, lots of running up and down the never ending hallway, hiding in the drapes, the doorbell ringing and 12 trips to the bathroom i lost the game.  and the winner?  he fell asleep on the couch (photo above) and i was left wondering, how can such a little person have such a big will?

i suppose i’m coming to terms with a solution that i’m not fond of . . .  no more naps.  there goes 6 hours in my week of work time that i have no idea where or how i’ll make up. but, it has to be better than making up after the go to bed negotiations.  i’ve done this 2 other times and survived and i’ll survive this (i know a bit dramatic).  the hardest part is just coming to terms with it (i think) and moving on to the next stage.

when did your kids stop napping.  was it traumatic for you?  liam is 3 1/2 and if i remember correctly my older two stopped around the same age.

and speaking of naps, i hope you get a few this holiday weekend!  xo

01 / i’ve never really wanted to make my own light fixture, until now.
02 / i need one of kids to hurry up and have a birthday so i can throw this party.
03 /  healthy cookies involving oatmeal, chocolate + peanut butter?  i’m in.
04 / great design with kids in mind.  you know know it’s a favorite topic of mine.
05 / this is such a fascinating take on personal style.  i’m going to read it another time or two.

i also write for euro style lighting.  do you look for inspiration in public places?

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  • Mary
    Commented on May 24th, 2013 at 8:14am

    My guys both stopped napping right around 3, and while those transitions are always difficult, I was actually pretty happy when naps ended. It meant bedtime was earlier and easier. Those late afternoon/evening times can be tough, but I hung on to “quiet time” for as long as I could to help. But oh those early bedtimes! To me it was worth it to give up the naps to have that peace and quiet in the evenings.

  • Cynthia
    Commented on May 25th, 2013 at 10:40pm

    My soon to be 3 year old fights maps at preschool. To them it’s more about him leaning to be quiet during quiet time. At home, I still try to get him to nap and that’s only if I’m there with him. That’s probably not a good idea either. Naps were always tough at my house (I have a 5 year old too). I’m so not looking forward to the days of no naps because they really do.

  • RJ
    Commented on June 13th, 2013 at 3:01pm

    Once your child hits nine or so, you can force them to “nap” again. Just time they have to be in their room and quiet, sleep optional.

  • Trina
    Commented on June 13th, 2013 at 3:21pm

    yes! it’s those in between ages, that can be tough!

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