Something unprecedented happened with Lukas and the LIAYF crew on Sunday. It was a milestone of sorts, but Mrs. LIAYF and I are not yet sure whether this is a good thing or not.
It's a thing that was bound to happen on it's own in time. Most likely sooner rather than later. But we can't attribute this particular instance to Lukas getting older. That's because we, Mrs. LIAYF and I, decided to make it so.
The 'it' I am referring to is Lukas' first real day without a mid-day nap. His mother and I have been extremely diligent about making sure our son has the opportunity to catch a few refreshing Z's in the middle of each day. Most often that involves planning our weekend and vacation days around when we can put him down for his nap, which can make our options rather limiting. On more rare occasions he gets his nap in the car, but always there has been that opportunity.
And he has taken full advantage of those opportunities. Just shy of his 4th birthday, he still will sleep for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours during the day on weekends. He is given only an hour and a half at preschool, but has never once been listed on the dreaded 'No Nap Board'.
So yes, it was a big deal yesterday when we were all at a local beachfront park having a late picnic lunch (late because we were busy rearrangeing our living room that morning - Mrs. LIAYF calls it "Cost free decorating") and I mentioned that we needed to get going or Lukas would be napping at 3pm. It was then that Mrs. LIAYF looked over at me and asked if we should just skip the nap, which we did.
That decision certainly gave us extra time at the park to explore, walk on logs, throw rocks into the ocean, then leave and treat ourselves to some ice cream before heading home. It turned out to be a fun afternoon.
But, by dinner time Lukas was certainly getting pretty slap happy without the extra sleep, and our intention was to get him to bed by 7:30. Well, it ended up being closer to 8:30 and he was wound up enough that he still didn't go right to sleep. Then he has bad dreams not long after he did go to sleep.
We're not sure if the bad dreams were a result of not napping, but without one his brain has a lot more day to process all at once, so it could well have contributed.
In the end, we all survived our first foray into life without naps. It was a milestone that was due, but we are certainly not planning to have Lukas abandon them altogether since at his age the more sleep he can get the better.
But at least this frees us up a bit in the scheduling department. There are a lot of events that happen during the middle of the day on weekends that we have been missing up until now.
How about you readers? How old were your kids when they stopped napping?