One day a few weeks ago, as I was falling asleep during my afternoon nap, I made a little wish. It went something like this: "Someday, I wish that I could to take a nap whenever, wherever, and however I want. Independent of anyone or anything."
Well, now. That's a tall order, for the mother of a 4 year old and 2 year old.
This thought came on the heels of doing our daily 2pm napping routine - first, putting Bernie down for her nap (which involves the potty-before-bed/read-a-book/pick-a-barbie-to-snuggle-with negotiation), second, setting Deirdre up with a snack, drink, and a craft, third, making sure the door is unlocked and the house is ready for the babysitter to come in 30 min to an hour - and then, finally heading to bed myself.
I found myself dreaming about the days when the girls can go golfing with their dad, while I hang back and sleep. Or when Darwin and I have nap time to ourselves while the girls are in school full-time. Don't get me wrong - I cherish my little ladies. I know they won't be this age forever, and I know I'm going to miss it when they don't need me as much as they do now. But last week, I was wishing for a momentary reprieve.
So I got to thinking. How could I enable myself to have a nap that's a little more hassle-free? Do I have any options? After a few moments of brainstorming scenarios, I dismissed the thought. In order to make it happen, I'd have to alter my babysitter's schedule, change the time I take my nap, or both, and I decided I was too exhausted to think about it further. And off to sleep I went.
I didn't give it much more thought, until last Friday, when I had The Friday Affair at Hollin Hall. I came home at 2:45pm, after working the first part of the show, only to find that there'd been a mis-communication with my babysitter. The napping routine hadn't happened yet. In fact, it hadn't even started! (Not her fault - ours.) My first thought, of course, was to jump in and get things rolling myself. But my second thought was this: maybe this is my wish come true? Could I actually off-load today's napping routine to the babysitter and just go...to...sleep?
I seized the opportunity. I told Bernie and Dee it was rest time, and that the babysitter was going to take care of it. They protested, I insisted, and eventually, the babysitter took over. (I admit that I gave in a little bit - I read Bernie the shortest story in the world, and set up Dee with a potential snack, to be administered when the babysitter came back from putting Bernie down.) But from there, I went straight to bed. No haggling, no negotiating, no hassle. It was glorious!
So now I know - it's not that hard to make happen, the girls (in the end) welcomed the change in routine, and going to bed when I want to really IS that much better. I'm going to revisit my options in the coming weeks to see how truly hassle free my afternoons can be. What I thought was a goal for down the road might just be something I can achieve now. I wonder how many other hassles I've learned to deal with, when in fact there might be easy solutions. Have any success stories yourself? Feel free to share!