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Friday, April 23, 2010

Top Five Friday...My way of venting

I have started keeping one of my good friend's two precious little girls on Fridays. So from 7:30 to 3:30 I have 4 children (ages 4,3,2, and 1). The two littlest ones go down for nap at 1:00 and then about 1:30 her older daughter has a rest time for about an hour.

That leaves me with my Monkey to deal with.

Normally, he goes down for nap around 2:30 and sleeps until 5:00. Yes, at 4 years old he still sleeps 2 1/2 hours. We've tried, on occasion, to eliminate the nap, but only with hell to pay later that evening. So...last week I tried to let him only "rest" but later that evening while I was out I received a video text from the RedHead showing Monkey pitching an Oscar worthy tantrum.

The plan for today was to put him in the playroom (the only room left once you're trying to separate 4 kids) to nap. Well, he was completely quiet, but when I went to check on him about 45 min later he was wide awake. No nap today.

So here's the Top 5 Reasons My Monkey Can't Give Up His Nap!

#5. He has needed 3 snacks, 2 cups of milk, and 1 cup of juice in a 2 hour period. Comfort food.

#4. I had to hear him whine about "forgetting" to play with a fishing pole toy at their house. He saw it, he forgot to play with it, he whined.

#3. Exhaustion quickly went from whining to anger. I was now responsible for not telling him to play with the toy. And when I tried to comfort him with a hug, he hugged back...just a little too tight!

#2. His mood was catching. The Bug is not one to be left out, so she started cranking out her own fuss (even though she had a solid 2 hour nap). One fussy child is bad, two is too many!

#1. After I quarantined him to my bedroom to watch toons until his father came home, I found him like this. *

At 5:45 pm. Tonight's gonna be a long one!

*Don't worry. I removed the balloon from his mouth before I left the room. You have to be some kind of tired if you fall asleep while blowing up a balloon.
Happy Friday!


  1. I feel your pain! I try to let Olivia stay up sometimes...when she does take a nap and wakes up, she screams, whines and has way too much energy for the rest of the day!

  2. Makenzie quit taking naps when I took her paci (2 and half) And its terrible come 5 o'clock. She gets fussy, demanding, screams, lays out in the floor kicking! Im telling you its a sight to see! LOL! Oh well I don't know what to do about it! I feel your pain also!! Have a good weekend!

  3. Bless your little man. He is adorable! I can only imagine that this is what the Redhead was like at age 4!

  4. hahaha that's hilarious. i'm so glad you got a picture of that. it will be fun to torment him with that later in life. :)

  5. that picture of him asleep cracked me up!
    shoot i still try and force my 13,11, and 9 yrs old to nap! ha ha (kidding but not)

  6. Poor little Monkey! He must just need more sleep than other kids. I need a good bit myself!


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