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This post outlines a major blunder I did yesterday and the measures I took to correct it. Yesterday I had one of those moments when you just wonder how you could, frankly, be so dumb. I put Kaitlyn down for her afternoon nap and she took her time falling asleep. I was preoccupied and worried because I found out a girl she was near the day before had just broken out in Chickenpox. Kaitlyn is not quite one, so hasn’t been vaccinated for that yet. My husband and I will soon be taking a trip without the kids, so she could likely get it during the time we are gone. I was (and am) just worried about my little girl.
So as I worried, Kaitlyn remained awake. She stayed awake for her entire nap! This is something that is one hundred percent out of character for her. Sometimes she takes a while to fall asleep, and sometimes she wakes up early, but never does she stay awake the whole time.
Here is where I was dumb. I should have gone in to check on her after 30 minutes because it is so uncharacteristic for her. She was perfectly happy and obviously having a fun time doing whatever she was doing. I didn’t even think about why she wasn’t falling asleep.
When it came time for her next feeding, I walked into the room only to see her sitting up in her bed. Now, most 12 month old babies I am sure have already crossed this hurdle, and I thought we had. We had one nap one day where she sat up and had a disrupted nap, but that was so long ago I thought we were done. But apparently she hasn’t really mastered the art of laying back down after sitting up.
Now, normally this wouldn’t be a huge deal for her. She is such a happy person and her missing a nap isn’t a cranky-sentence for the rest of the family. I would normally have just put her to bed early, or perhaps even just done a short evening nap. However, yesterday was picture day for her 12 month photos. She happens to be afraid of the camera they use where we go. A tired Kaitlyn is a Kaitlyn who is a Mama’s girl and wants to sit in Mama’s lap. My vision of her 12 month photos did not include me, so I knew I needed to do something about this.
I got her out of her bed at 3:30, fed her, changed her diaper, then put her right back down to sleep at 3:45. I wasn’t sure if this would work, but I needed to try it. She fussed for about 1-2 minutes (which is very uncharacteristic of her, but I knew she had to be very, very tired). She then fell asleep and was able to take a 1 hour 15 minute nap before I needed to get her up in time to get ready and leave for pictures. Success!
I share that story to illustrate several points. Point one: everyone makes mistakes. I messed up in not checking on her. You can be sure that won’t happen again. Point two: don’t be afraid to tweak your normal schedule according to your situation. That is flexibility. Point three: always be on the lookout for changes in your child. Watch for changes they are going through, from teething to new skills.