It’s Just Another Manic Friday Night!

There we were sitting in the living room having a nice evening together, the three of us.  It was cold outside, a good night to make some coffee and just sit and veg.

The Kid was playing with his toys, occasionally bringing something to us to play with as.  But something was amiss.   I realized as we were sitting there playing with him that he had not taken his afternoon nap.  We decided to see how long he could make it.

At about 7:30ish we gave him a bath and got him ready for bed as we thought surly he would want to go bed early.  No he didn’t.

8pm rolled around and we though for sure that he would show signs of wearing down.  Again he didn’t.

8:30pm he started to act cranky for a while so we gave him his nightly bottle which would normally put him to sleep.  He laid there on Hot Mama’s lap for a while just staring into space and then quicker then you could bat an eye he was down of her lap and playing with his toys.  Then almost as fast, he came up and got mad about something, I could quite understand him.  I looked at him and he ran away laughing.

That lasted for about 30 minutes, then the fun kicked in.  The Kid started to get mad and then happy, mad and then happy.  We weren’t quite sure what was wrong.  The only sign he had shown that he was tired was when he just laid in Hot Mama’s lap for a while.  He would walk into the kitchen and then storm off.  Then come running back laughing in an evil laugh but then would storm off again madder then the time before.  He was clingy too.  He would want me to pick him up and then as soon as Hot Mama would come he would want her for about 30 seconds, then back to me and back to her.


© The Rookie Dad

At this point we decided to change his diaper and put him to bed.  We had had enough of this game.  We changed his diaper read a book to him and laid him in his bed and before we could even leave the room he was out.  If only he had shown the signs that he was tired about an hour and half earlier he would have been able to get some shut eye.

The Kid has gotten really good at hiding how tired he is.  As a parent I now realize that I should not have fought my parents on sleep seeing how it is a vital part of my life now.  Someday he will come to that realization too.


About The Rookie Dad

I am husband and father foremost. Secondly, I am a PBS producer and contribute to Traveling Dads and Dads Round Table.

Posted on December 10, 2011, in Parenting and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. He will realise that soon enough! You spend all your childhood arguing you don’t want it, and your adult life trying to get it back. Anyone else fancy an afternoon nap?

  2. Personally, I always put my children to bed around 7pm {after the first year} whether they got a nap or not. Don’t forget that YOU are in control. You are the parents. You know what is best for your child {& frankly for you, too. Parents need some time alone together.} Kids need to learn to fall asleep on their own. I am a huge believer in the Baby Wise program. If you are interested in finding out more about this, let me know. Great photo of a very adorable child! 😉

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