Nap Time Has Morphed to “Rest Time”

When once she was a champion sleeper, bedtime and nap time has become an increasingly difficult thing for our kid lately. Along with potty training, she is very much telling us just what she thinks about us telling her what to do. I read a few articles on potty training that makes the point not to make it a chore. Kids will get bored and less likely to do it if it’s a chore.

But, how the hell do you not make a potty break a chore every hour on the dot? I haven’t figured it out yet.

As for sleeping, Miss Punky was doing some pretty violent reactions to bedtime for a while – she turned into the Tasmanian devil and would kick and bang on her bedroom door and cry and sob and scream. To the point where, I am told, she has been up and down and she still makes up stories to get out of sleep.

All of which are normal for a kid her age, I know, but it’s frustrating for Kim and Grammy – I’m sure! So, I’ve been following “Life with Roozle” about another two mom family who let’s their kid color herself to sleep. I am not sure how they started it, but I just love the idea.

So, the other day, when I was laying Punky down for her nap before work, I said, “You just have to rest. You don’t have to go to sleep if you don’t want to, but you need to make sure you stay in your bed for a few hours and rest.” Of course, she says, “OK, Mommy.” I handed her a book and so far, from what I can tell, she’s pretty receptive to the idea. So, for now, we are working on “resting time”

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This passed week I was moved to a new position at work. I work in a call center for prescription benefits and mail order insurance. So, I have been working as a “Senior Representative” which means I take calls from our customer service agents and answer their questions or help them as well as taking over the escalated callers. It’s just as stressful and overwhelming as it sounds.

Recently, I was put into the position of training new senior representatives and helping them transition from the call center floor to our team and integrate into their new role. I have loved every minute of it. It’s great to get to be in a position to teach and develop our employees in a personal one on one basis.

This week, I have been moved, temporarily I believe, to a position of Executive Recovery. It’s basically the Senior representatives’ help line. So I take the escalated escalations from our senior representatives and help them help our customer service representatives.

For those who have been reading a while, especially my personal family and friends, know that I have interviewed for a supervisor position twice now. It’s been about a year since my last, very disappointing, interview. So disappointing that I ended up breaking emotionally and it really helped brim over my now diagnosed PTSD(rooted in childhood trauma) and Anxiety disorder with agoraphobic tendencies.

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I have been working with my therapist for almost  year and I feel like things are going well enough to take on this new position. Stressful that it may be, I am the type of person who needs to be in charge, needs to be in control and I like to have projects and recognition, this is the best way for me to do this.

So, I’m in a new position at work. My attendance is getting better, where I was calling in due to anxiety every week at least once a week, up to three days a week, I am back to making regular checks, with standard pay – thank goodness.  My anxiety and PTSD is one of the many reasons we are not living in our own place anymore. I couldn’t make myself go to work and the result of the disappointing emotional break that was that interview is part of the problem.

Here I am, a year later, stronger, and I’d say healthier. So, I am ready to make that leap to a new step towards the ultimate goal of supervisor within my company.  So, happy day, this new role will be another stepping stone to do just that.

Monday was my day off, as is today – but Monday we had a nice day out with the moms. It’s a rare occasion when we all three get out and about, with our agoraphobic tendencies and the combined anxiety between both of us moms about strangers, large crowds, and new places. Not to mention, my severe anxiety in the car, especially driving somewhere I have never been. So, needless to say, around here – most of the fun things are to be driven to and it makes for a stressful outing on everyone.

But, we try and make it work. Monday was one of those days. For her half birthday, I redeemed some of my reward points from work and got a $50 gift card to a place called T-Rex Cafe here in the city. We finally made our way there and celebrated with our little. Who was ever so excited!

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I thought at first, she would be scared by all the dinosaurs and instead, she was like a child with ADHD, she was pointing at everything, looking at everything, exclaiming at everything. Oh. And RAWRing at everything. LOL.

Of course, her Mama was also, like a kid in a dinosaur heaven as well.

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I think Kim had fun showing her all the different things that were moving and getting into the spirit of just being a kid, with our kid. It was a great time for all of us. Luckily, we had the gift card, because that character cup alone was 8 bucks and don’t get me started on the food

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It was good, but we went for lunch… needless to say, I was glad for the free money, I didn’t spend more than 15 bucks on lunch and we got to splurge a little in their gift shop.

SO, we won’t be going regularly, but it was a nice time for the three of us to get out of the house and celebrate this nice Fall weather that is rolling in.

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Grammy and Papa were at the hospital with Papa’s sudden sickness they were dealing with, so it took everyone’s mind off the potentially bad news we didn’t receive (thank goodness) and got us out and about. We did call Grammy on the phone, while at the restaurant and told her all about the dinosaurs.

It’s just another great moment in parenting, when you know your kiddo is close to grandparents and family and they are loved just as much in return.

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15 thoughts on “Nap Time Has Morphed to “Rest Time”

  1. Your day together (Monday) sounds awesome! One of the BEST parts of parenting is getting to relive childhood through the eyes of your #1 love in the world.

    It sounds like things at work are going much better for you – you’re very resilient. Keep it up!

  2. HUGE congratulations on the new position! It’s well deserved! We totally have “rest time” (usually on Mondays) in our house too. I come from the school of – you don’t have to fall asleep but you will hang out in your room for at least an hour. Thankfully it seems these kiddos forget that they were fighting the nap and eventually pass out.

    If you enjoy reading “Life with Roozle” you should follow her IG. The pictures she posts crack me up! Glad to hear that things are going well for you all. Hugs from NM. 🙂

  3. At around 3.6 kids decide that they don’t want to nap anymore. When i worked the Preschool room, half the kids slept and the other half didn’t. The ones that did, their parents didn’t want them to sleep more than an hour because then they wouldn’t sleep at bedtime. So as long as she’s sleeping at bed time, you can, unfortunately, kiss her naptime goodbye…blah! And that dinosaur place looks really cool. Mary would love that! Looks like you guys really enjoyed yourselves. Happy half birthday to your cutie Punky!

  4. Yea, Little Monster gave up his nap around that age. So, good luck with dragging out “rest time” as long as you can, haha. I think I am the only person in the world that does not do instagram, but I do follow Life with Roozle in blogland. I tried the give a coloring book and crayons and we ended up with a non napping 3 year old tossing crayons at the white ceiling 😉

    We have yet to try Trex (though pass it regularly when visit Disney.World) but maybe we will have to as it looks like FUN!!!

    • I’m so encouraged by the no nap report! LOL. So far crayons haven’t made it anywhere but the paper, but I have found she gets bored after a bit, still doesn’t nap, and then comes out of her room after each picture she colors. HAHA

  5. I often read your blog posts and it is terrifying how similar our experiences are at the moment. We are trying, unsuccessfully, to teach the boys that even though they might not want to take a nap they still have to have “quiet time”. It is a constant battle! And bedtime and naptime have often resulted in the use of some inappropriate 4 letter words. Its a fight! Best of luck.

    • Best of luck to you as well!! I’m having a great struggle with it, as Punky moves into the stage of not needing or wanting a nap. That’s Mommy’s quiet time! LOL. I don’t envy you x2!

  6. My mind is being blown reading your site…..so, YES, we have to be neighbors because TRex is one of Stout’s favorite places. 🙂

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