Saturday, 28 March 2015

Why I Love Nap Time

Part of the reason I am quite happy doing the night feeds with #BabyPink, and my son when he was at that age, is the excuse for an afternoon nap.

Don't get  me wrong it's not a daily thing, which makes it even more special when they  do happen. Normally  it is after two or three nights, or when we've had a bad night the night before.

Today was one such day. Last night my lovely neighbour decided to ring the doorbell at 10.30. just at the precise moment #BabyPink had gone to sleep. That not being enough for  them, they rang it again ten minutes later. This set the tone for the night. 5 minute intervals of sleep interspersed with 20 minutes of walking, soothing, back rubbing you name it we tried it.

Eventually at about 2 am, she finally fell asleep, where she stayed until it was time for a bottle at about half past six.

Needless to say, the two of us were a bit tired today and around 1.30pm we were lying on the couch watching Home and Away with herself. #BabyPink fell asleep so I lay down so she would be more comfortable.

I must have drifted off as a while later when i felt her moving I opened my eyes to find Home and Away had finished and there was a blanket over us. I put my arm gently around her and went back to sleep.

I love these naps. The heat  from her little body, her tiny breaths in my ear. The safety of knowing nothing can happen as herself is there to check in regularly.

I think it strengthens the bond between us. She is growing fast and it is hard to believe she is nearly 7 weeks old already. Far too quickly she will be too big and too cool to do this with me. So for now when we get them I will enjoy them, and when they are gone I will look back fondly.

Dads I encourage you all, if you can grab a sneaky nap with  your son or daughter do it. If you don't manage a nap, when they fall asleep on your shoulder, instead of putting them in the Moses basket or cot, lie down with them on your chest. Even if it's only for a few minutes. You won't regret it.
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  1. Oh I miss those naps! So cozy! Now my wiggly worm will barely settle for a cuddle, let alone a snuggle lap. Savour them!

    Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows


  2. I remember having a few naps on the sofa when my little boy was younger, it was so lovely! xx

  3. Oh I do miss these types of naps - Aidan is getting to independent to sit still for more than 30 seconds haha

  4. Oh they won't last long. Herself took the nap today, so didn't get cuddle time :-(

  5. Sounds lovely. Ted fights sleep like you wouldn't believe so we have had very few moments like that. Thanks for sharing and for linking up #bigfatlinky

  6. I loved nap times for either having a cuddle and a nap with them or for doing work and having some me time. Either way I miss them very much now.

  7. Oh so lovely. Love cuddle sleeps they are the best and totally well-deserved.

  8. Teddy never sleeps on us but this week he has been poorly and we have got him to sleep in our arms - I've loved every second of it :) Jen - Mrs Dad Network