Work out? Write? Take a nap? Read a book? Wash windows? Play on facebook? Organize stuff for the garage sale?
So many options run through my head every day when naptime hits! It’s always a debate over how to spend that one-and-a-half to two hours in the afternoons while my precious little one sleeps. I love him so much and have so much fun playing with him the rest of the day, but that midday time when he finally lays down for his nap is a much-needed break for me.
It’s much easier now than when he was a newborn, of course. In those days, we were so exhausted as new parents that most of his naptimes were devoted to a nap for ourselves (or food)! Occasionally there would be enough time left for a shower as well. Now there’s still a sense of pressure every time the little one sleeps–what should I do with my brief time off from being a mama? It’s so hard to decide sometimes, and then all too soon, naptime is over.
It’s frustrating because I never seem to get through everything that needs to be done. Most days it seems like I just barely get started on a task and then he wakes up again. The upside is that now I’m usually much more efficient with my “free” time than I ever used to be. I can get stuff done much more quickly than in those pre-parenting days.
Parents, you all understand about prioritizing all your tasks to be done! I wish you all good luck and happy naptimes!