Saturday, May 05, 2007

Motherhood 101: Never wake your sleeping child
If you wake your sleeping toddler for selfish purposes, be prepared to suffer the consequences. Don't complain about it either, because you have no one to blame but yourself.

Lesson learned.

Yesterday afternoon, we had a luncheon with the kids at a Mexican restaurant for Cinco de Mayo. Logan was taking his nap while I got ready. He was still asleep 5 minutes before we were supposed to meet up with everyone. I selfishly woke him up, rather than letting him sleep & realizing that we wouldn't be able to go. He was fine when we got to the restaurant. The service was incredibly slow (even though the place wasn't that busy). Pretty soon, Logan got cranky, tired & hungry. Not a good combination.

It started out with him noticing one of the little girls at our table had light up shoes. It scared him. But, he wouldn't stop looking under the table to see them. Every time he looked under the table at her shoes, he would cry. I would distract him for a minute, but he would go back to looking under the table & crying. It was funny at first, but then it got annoying. I held him on my lap for a while, but he still was getting restless. I took him outside after thinking he might be headed for a massive meltdown.

We walked outside for a bit & that made him happy. When we got back to our seats, the food just arrived. Logan happily stuffed his face with beans, cheese, chicken & taco shell. Once we were finished eating though, he was ready to get out of there. He was starting to kick & scream when I was getting him cleaned up.

I quickly asked for the check so I could get him back to bed ASAP. Usually he's a great kid to eat out with. He would have been more tolerable if I had just let him take his full nap. We said our good bye's to our friends, got in the car & immediately put him down for the remainder of his nap when we walked in the door. He slept for 2 hours.

So from now on, if Logan is sleeping & we have a fun activity to go to, we're skipping out. His sleep is more important than getting out with our friends & beside that, if we were to go, he would not be that much fun to hang out with anyway.


Jake Silver said...

this post is spot-on. Tate takes one good nap from about 11:30 - 3pm and it makes all the world of difference in how the evening goes.

Erin said...

It's hard when their napping falls at a time when you need to do something! I know how you feel. It's hard for us because Hailey doesn't take regular naps, so I never know when to plan something.