It was the sort of day that did not bode well. He had gone to bed late the night before (9:40 pm) because he took a nap in the afternoon, woke up at his normal time (7:30 am), and was all around cranky. I didn't want to put him down for a nap (and thus repeat the previous nights misery), but I didn't want to deal with Mr. Fussypants for the rest of the day either.
So, I tried the "short nap." This is me trying to wake him after an hour. I open the door, I push away the curtains and raise the blackout blinds, throw off the covers, and.........nothing. "Well," I think, "since I have some decent light, I might as well take some sleeping boy pictures while I wait for him to wake up."
The clicking of the camera causes him to stir:
But he is back asleep, quick as a wink:
I decide he needs some assistance. I gently nudge him awake. He never wakes up happy:
He wants to go back to bed:
Really mom? You need to wake me up? I am still so sleepy!
And of course some post-nap grooming:
So, I am quite pleased by the "short nap" solution. We waited a little bit longer to start the bedtime routine (8 pm), and he was asleep in under an hour. Not quite the wonderful "15 minutes-to-sleep" result on no nap days, but much better than the "1 1/2 -2 hours-to-sleep" on days where he takes a normal nap.