Lately Leo has been boycotting his afternoon nap. And by “lately” I mean the past 5 or more days. He’s a terrific morning napper – anywhere from 1.5 hours to 2 hours – but he fights the afternoon nap. It would be one thing if he didn’t sleep and was pleasant. But he’s cranky, very temperamental, and obviously tired.
Yesterday we tried a new strategy. Leo had a rough night – he woke up at 4am in a complete meltdown. We’re not sure what was going on, but with some nursing and a bottle, he settled back down at 5am and slept til 6:15. At 8:15 he fell asleep in the jogging stroller. I successfully transferred him to his crib and kept the nap going. He slept until a 10:45am. That’s a crazy long nap for him, but considering the weird night and a weekend away from home, it also wasn’t unexpected. Lunchtime was normal – nursing, then food. Around 2pm he started seeming tired, so we gave him a bottle. He drank about 2-3oz. We attempted to put him down right after the bottle but food=second wind for Leo and he was very awake. We got him out of the crib at 2:3opm and let him crawl around a bit. At 3pm he was acting tired again so I changed his diaper and put him down. Success! He slept til 4:30pm, when I actually had to wake him up to keep him on schedule!
Here’s my theory: my milk supply, which has never been stellar, has probably dropped again. He’s fighting his afternoon nap because he’s hungry. But the hungry cues get mixed in with I’m-so-tired cues, so we were missing it.
We’ll probably try this a few more time this week to see if the strategy is really successful. I’ll let you know.
We spent the weekend down in Marion, Indiana, visiting friends, and then I was in the office on Monday. A few pics from the weekend:
And here’s a video of Leo’s newest trick – walking one-handed!
PS – If you were having trouble seeing the video on this post, try again! It should be working now!