As I am writing this post, my daughter is in her bedroom crying a noise that is incredibly reminiscent of an Orca Whale. Awhile ago, I decided to ween little R off of naps, and now I am just completely confused. But this is when the Orca Whale cry began.
She was not going to bed well, at all. I was putting her to bed around 8:30 and she would still be whining and stalling at 10:30. Then one day I decided to keep her up at nap time, and what-d0-you-know, she went to bed without a hitch.
That went swimmingly for awhile, but then she started to ... are you ready for this? She started to ask for a nap on a regular basis. What's a mom to do? Tell a tired 4-year-old she may not sleep? So I've been letting her take naps and I've been experimenting with how long is too long. She'd sleep for 3 hours if I let her. 2 hours seems too long as well. 1 hour makes bedtime easier, but not perfect.
The kicker? With only an hour-long nap, that little girl is a bear. She is whining ALL.THE.TIME. It leaves me counting the seconds until she can go to sleep. Is it naptime yet? Is it bedtime? For the first time in her life, I sent her back to bed this morning. She woke up at 7:30 and more than an hour later, when the whining hadn't stopped, I marched her right back into her room.
With the tone of our house the past few days, it's hard to remember that this incredibly happy girl is behind the whiny facade.
But there she is, the girl who is so completely worth the crankiness. Today there is crankiness on both ends because my husband drank the last of the coffee, and left me alone with a bit of a monster on my hands and ... green tea.
Anyhow, the tutu she is wearing in the above picture is one I made. It simply involves a little bit of elastic and a lot of tulle tied in knots. It is really cute, but I'm not sure she could actually dance or do much in it. It always wants to bunch up in the front. I ended up cutting the length of the tulle by about half of what you see in that picture, but it didn't make a difference.
Is that simply the price I pay for going the no-sew route?