My boy is the sweetest little sleeper and has been since he was born. But in the last couple of weeks, my baby has begun to refuse his daytime sleep. I'm devastated. Most parents would agree that the day time sleep can be a sanity saver. That quiet time when you can close your own eyes (I'm a big fan of this!), or have a quiet lunch, read a book, work or do a bit of preparation for dinner, write the shopping list... The ways I utilised this time were endless!
I'll be honest, my absolute favourite way to enjoy the afternoon nap was to... have an afternoon nap too. I simply adore the afternoon nap and I always have. Itay and the kids don't agree with me, and I know Itay is thrilled that we no longer have to work around O's nap.
And so, another aspect of his babyhood is complete. He moves forward on his own little path. My sweet, funny baby is growing up and of course I feel so much joy that he is choosing his own person to become. I also feel sad for myself and for him. No more sweaty little boy, waking and asking for cuddles. No more sleeping boy on my shoulder, carrying him in from the car to his bed. I adore that action of carrying my sleeping children, their still, heaviness, their head resting on my shoulder.
My little babies are growing up. Bye bye, day sleeps. I'll miss you, so very much.