7:00 am Melody wakes up and does her "Mommy, come get me!" cry
7:30 am I finally go get her. Melody drinks a sippy cup of milk.8:00 am Breakfast
8:30 am Play time/we might watch TV9:00 am Melody has room time while Mommy showers
9:20 am Mommy finishes getting ready while Melody plays in the room with me -or-we play together with me in my bathrobe (just tellin' it like it is)
10:00 am Snack time (so hopefully her belly stays full during nap tme.)
10:20 or 10:30 am Reading time in Melody's room
Between 10:30 and 11:00 am Nap1:30 pm Wake up and drink a sippy cup of milk
2:00 pm Lunch
2:30 pm Play time with Mommy, TV time or Errands5:30 pm Melody Dinner time
6:15 pm Bath time (if needed)6:45 pm Start Bed time routine
7:00 pm Melody bed time
The in between 2 naps and one phase has been a little difficult (the crankiness from being over tired drives me nuts), but this morning I had to remind myself of the fact that Melody is only 16 months old. A lot of kids don't drop the 2nd nap until they are 18 months, and although she is very tall and very smart for her age, she is not as old as she seems. Having a nap earlier in the day (while a little inconvenient) is perfectly acceptable and no reason for me to be frustrated with her.
For the last 10 days, Melody has done well on this routine taking 3 hour naps and is only cranky at specific times of the day instead of all day long. I had hoped by implementing more structure we would discover she is more ready to push that nap time back a little. Unfortunately, she's not but like I said above, it really isn't a big deal.
My other goals for Melody when I started this routine were to implement room time for 20-30 minutes every day and to get her on a more predictable routine. That is the big success here. For the most part, she is really enjoying room time. I also really can see a difference in her level of calm and contentedness with a more predictable routine.
My brain also seems to have gotten a break since I feel free to think about other things related to her needs besides when/if/how much she will eat or sleep now that our days have some structure. I am able to see beyond her basic needs now, like how she could use more active play (our house is small- not much room to run around!) and that she could use a wider array of healthy toddler-like foods to eat. (There will be more posts on food later!).
I also have come to enjoy her 3 hour naps when previously Melody would only nap for two hours at the most. It gives me the much needed chance to decompress, write and take care of myself, our home, etc. In general, we are both much happier with this routine. As I write this post a day ahead of time though, tomorrow is my first day back keeping kids so I am wondering how Melody will do with that! I am hoping that another benefit of our routine will be that Melody adjusts well to me (us) going back to work.
I will be sure to let you know how it goes!
PS. I am well aware that the best part about this post is the pictures. :)