George on the 2-3-4 nap schedule.
In our house it’s more like 3-3-4 (or, some mornings, 3.5-3-4 if he got up really early) but it seems to be working. Yesterday he slept until 6AM! Today we were back to 5:30AM but he wasn’t super-cranky and fussy – he just wanted to be up.
He certainly doesn’t fight the naps anymore. And the afternoon naps are getting longer; a good solid ninety minutes seems to be where he’s comfortable, so added to the 45 minutes to an hour he’s getting in the morning and he’s approaching ‘normal’ sleep levels for a kid his age.
The screaming is tapering off. We’re really working on words now, because he has a default sound – “eh eh eh eh eh EH EH EH EH EH!!!!!” whenever he wants anything, and it’s like playing Twenty Questions in hell. Do you want a drink? Milk? Water? A snack? A toy? Warm socks? To take off your sweater? For me to compose a haiku about your pain? Please learn the words!
We’re trying to teach “all done”, “up”, and “drink”. I’ve heard “done” several times and “all done” once. “Up” is coming verrrry slowly. “Drink” isn’t happening at all – he’d rather just cling to my leg whenever I have a cup of anything and scream. Oh, and it may or may not be a coincidence that he points at my coffee cup and says “cuh”. I don’t know if that means “cup” or “coffee”.
I am also contemplating something I never thought I would do, which is buying one of these:
I always swore that parents who needed to rely on these just weren’t trying hard enough. You hold their hand. You make them hold your hand. You don’t let the kid win. They will never learn sense if they are on a leash. Etc. Etc.
Then we took George to the toy store on Saturday. Two parents. Only one not-quite-15-month-old kid. And it was CHAOS. We couldn’t keep him contained. He wanted to be down! And running! And pulling things off shelves! And we are planning a trip to Ontario this summer including a Blue Jays game and Canada’s Wonderland! And he hates strollers!
I’ve learned many things as a parent, and one of them is that “never” is a damn long time.