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Liva & Laia : 1 Year Plus 1 1/2 Months

By Stine Kuskner - Sat 20th Aug 2011

A whole new era seems to have started: Liva and Laia no longer take a morning nap!! It started on Sunday, 4 days ago. Albert had put them down for their nap at their normal nap time, after 45 minutes of listening to them crying, we gave up.

Since we were going to Albert's dad's house for lunch, it was convenient that Liva and Laia slept later, so around 11:00 we put them down again. They slept for a little over an hour, and that way managed the rest of the day without another nap until we put them to bed, an hour earlier than normal. However, Monday morning was the same spectacle, they adamently refused to nap.

Instead they slept for 2 hours in the afternoon, which was lovely. Tuesday Liva napped for about 15 minutes but Laia didn't sleep at all. The thing is, when we put them to bed and they don't want to sleep, they scream. When they scream, I get all stressed out.

So today I decided to not even put them down. I showered with the bathroom doors open so I could hear them at all times, and see them most of the time since they thought it was quite funny watching me behind the see-through part of the shower curtain. After getting myself ready I got them ready, gave them their fruit, and we left the house before 10:00 - I can't remember the last time we've done that. We had a great morning at the playground, they both fell asleep on the way home. Once home, after washing their hands, I prepared lunch. Laia loves eating on her own and is getting really good with a spoon or fork. Liva has started wanting to eat on her own as well, it really makes feeding them so much easier. We played for a bit, and 2 hours ago I put them down for their nap. I could hear them laughing and playing for a while before falling asleep. About 30 minutes ago they woke up, but since neither of them cried, I decided to leave them and see what would happen. They're both asleep again. Lovely! As I've said before, I can live without them napping in the morning as long as it means that they'll nap for longer in the afternoon.

In 30 minutes my mother-in-law is coming, this means that when Liva and Laia wake up they have to have their snack and then I get the afternoon off - wonderful! We've had a couple of difficult days because of this whole not-sleeping issue that's been going on. Today we've all 3 finally learned how to deal with it, and the day has been great. But getting time off is a relief anytime, no matter how wonderful the day has been.

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