Naps are the greatest.
They’re even better when you get to nap with your favorite person in the world.
Xander usually takes a nap during my time with him for about an hour to an hour and a half. It’s pretty often that I end up taking a nap right there with him.
Honestly, it’s one of my favorite things to do with him. As you know I don’t have overnights with him yet. However, that’s going to be changing in January.
So, the only way I get sleepy cuddles is by taking naps with him. Remember, you can create your own moments. It doesn’t have to be defined by a day or a schedule. I don’t get to lay him down to sleep at night, but you better believe that I’m not going to miss the small hour long window I have to get some sleepy cuddles in.
If I can’t spare the time to nap, then I’ll lay him down in his crib and cover him up nice and snug with a blanket and one of his animals close by.
I’m assuming that this is pretty comfortable for him, because I always have to wake him up in order to get him back to his mom. He rarely wakes up on his own while in his crib.
This just makes me even more excited that I will be able to tell him goodnight again very soon. I haven’t been able to put him to bed and tell him “goodnight” for nearly 8 months now. It’s one of the worst feelings.
So don’t take the opportunity to tell your child goodnight and that you love them every night for granted. Regardless of your situation, you won’t always be able to do it, so enjoy it while it’s here. They’ll grow up eventually. You won’t know how much you’ll miss it until it’s already gone.
For the days that I can spare the time to take a nap with Xander, I’ll lay him in my bed and jump in right after him. His baby cuddles are the best. My heart melts when he cracks his eye open and sees me just after I put him down, then proceeds to cuddle up with me and fall back asleep. I’m sure all you parents know exactly the moment that I’m talking about.
For other’s whom aren’t parents, it’s such a powerful moment. It’s one I definitely won’t be forgetting for the rest of my life.
It’s essentially your child telling you that you make them feel safe and comfortable. Both of which, are incredibly important factors to give to your child. If your child doesn’t feel safe or comfortable around you, then somethings wrong and you should be working to fix it.
Yesterday, Xander had woke up about ten minutes before it was time to get up and bring him to his mom. Instead of getting up for good, he sat up, gave me a smile, and then laid back down on top of me. I can’t help but laugh when he does things like this. The way he was laying looked extremely uncomfortable, but he was just snoozing away. This is what inspired this post.
I never thought naps would be more than just sleep, but it’s a bonding moment for Xander and me now, and it’s one that I always look forward to.
Take naps with your kids. We all probably don’t sleep enough as it is. Might as well get some extra time in while spending it with your child. Just make sure to do it safely, as there can be dangers when sleeping with a smaller child.