I am sitting here listening to Eva sing “Old MacDonald Had A Farm” as she lies in her bed for rest time. The era of daily 2.5 hour sleeps is over.
Mummy is a little sad about this however I can see that developmentally she is not needing the big sleep and is consolidating on her night sleep with a consistent 12-13 hours overnight.
Eva is now having a rest in her bed of 40 minutes if she doesn’t fall asleep. The 40 minutes is marked with a timer and she happily gets up and comes out after the timer goes. After her rest she is more than happy to sit next to me and do drawing as I “work” on the computer and is becoming quite good at independent play.
Of course it is also fun to have one-on-one time with Eva to do activities that aren’t suited to having a crawling baby around. So it is a blessing to have this time.
I find that the rest time is enough time for both of us to recharge batteries and have a break from each other. I need that time to not answer any questions and just have thinking time all to myself. It gets me through to bedtime as a happy mummy.
About 1-2 times per week she does end up falling asleep but I do make a lot of noise around her room at the 1.5 hour mark or else evening bedtime becomes a very dragged out affair with an energy filled girl.
Eva’s day sleeps have been such a wonderfully refreshing time for me and she has been very gentle in her giving up of them so we are both ready now. I just have to learn to make the most of my 40 minutes of child free daylight hours!