To nap or not to nap

I’ve been plagued with whether or not to make Morgan take a nap for a couple of months now.  If she takes a nap, she’s a very pleasant child to be around in the afternoons, but takes FOREVER to fall asleep at night.  I’m talking, we put her to bed at 8 and she’s still wide awake jibber jabbering to herself at 10.  It makes it hard for me to go to bed early on nights that I’m tired, because I don’t like going to bed if she’s still awake.  So we did a trial run on Thursday.  Instead of her taking a nap after lunch, I had her cuddle up on the couch with me and watch a movie.  She mostly just relaxed while watching Monsters Inc and then at bedtime, she was promptly asleep by 8:15pm.  But she slept in until about 8:30am! 

Friday, since the sitter took the girls to Play Boutique and she was running around playing, I had her take a nap.  Sure enough, she finally fell asleep Friday night around 10:30-11pm and woke up Saturday morning at 7 cranky! 

Saturday we skipped the nap, but had a low key day at home and she was fast asleep by about 8:05pm.

Today was another story, today was her birthday party!  So to prepare, I had Mike take her to Playdate PDX to run her ragged so she’d take a good nap and be in great spirits for her party.  Of course, on the drive home she passed out and had a good 20 minute nap, but once she got home she didn’t sleep.  She just laid in her bed for about an hour talking to herself.  However, she was perfectly well behaved at her party! You’d never know she’d been playing hard all morning and not had a nap.  Bedtime went quite smoothly as well and she was asleep by 8.  

So, I guess it’s time to ditch the naps? I’m so done with fighting her to nap and fighting her to go to sleep at night!  Maybe if she’s tired enough she won’t want the “huggles”!

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