Say it isn't so. Please say my son isn't all ready to give up his nap. I hear about three and four year-olds taking naps. Why can't my son be numbered along with them?
We have reached the No Man's Land of naps. The place where, as a parent, you have to decide between two evils. Do you:
1) persist in putting your child down for a nap, knowing that when bedtime comes around you will be stuck with a nighttime nightmare? Your child will fight sleep for a few hours (of which you have to be present in said bedroom to help child fall asleep) before he succumbs to the sweet sensation at 9:30 or 10. (Last night it was 10:30!!!!)
2) skip naps altogether, loosing the two hours of Blissful Peace that are THE ONLY HOURS you have to yourself and deal with the two-hour window of Hell later that evening where Every Single Thing sets your child off into a hysterical fit? The upside to this scenario is that said child will fall asleep within 5 minutes at the lovely hour of 7:30.
I can't decide which is worse, which is why naps have become an every other day phenomenon at here at the Manor. The third possibility is that I limit naps to only an hour, but then I just feel like Evil Mommy when he wakes up so grumpy and obviously still tired. And there is no data to suggest bedtime will be easier. There just are No Good Options.
The ideal situation would involve 1) having a child who actually slept well. Then my child would actually nap AND fall asleep at a decent time. You know, like all the children of my peers. I blame Mr. F.'s bad sleep genes. He better not be passing those on to baby No. 2.