We had Date night last night and went with some friends to Huntsville. Quinton's mom (Maw Maw) offered to let Deci spend the night with her. Deci was so excited she couldn't sleep. I'm serious. The one thing that came to my mind was when I was younger and couldn't sleep the night before Santa Clause came. It was this same anticipation. Before nap I asked her if she wanted to go stay with Maw Maw and Paw Paw that night. She was so excited. Well, I told her that she needed to take a good nap and when she woke up that Maw Maw would be here to get here. I realize this was my first mistake. I laid her down at 1:00, which is a little later than usual. We did the whole nap-time routine. Read 2 books and then I laid beside her for "2-minutes" as she says but it's more like 30 seconds or 1 minute. I gave her a kiss and left her awake. Usually she reads to her babies then falls asleep after a few minutes. Yesterday at 1:30 I went back in there because she was screaming. She had ripped pages out of one of my favorite books!! Oh, I was so mad because we just went over not ripping pages out of her books that morning! I got on to her, took the books away and left. I reminded her that she needed to take a good nap so she could go see Maw Maw. She said, "Otay". 2:00 She is up playing in her room.... I go back in lay her down leave. 2:30 I go back in her room and realize she doesn't even look sleepy. How can this be? I ask her if she wants me to lay down with her. Another mistake, I know. She says, "otay". I say "Ok, then if I lay down with you, you have to be still." Deci: "Otay". Me: "You have to stay quite." Deci: "Otay." Me: "You need to take a nap". Deci: "Otay." silence....... Deci: "Where's Dada??" ahhhhhhhh!!!
I try again, I hold her still. I "pet" her face. I trace my fingers over her eyes to try to get her to fall asleep. She says "Pet me!" Then she starts giggling and "pets" my face. Ah, this isn't working. I warn her that I will leave if she doesn't be still and try to sleep. She starts arching her back, rolling around, talking... that's it! I leave her once more to scream. 3:00 I realize she isn't going to take a nap, for the first time in her 2-years she isn't going to take a nap. I open her door and let her come out of her room. 3:15 Maw Maw calls and saves the day and says that she's coming to get Deci early, if that will be ok. YES! I tell Deci and she jumps up and grabs her new strawberry shortcake suitcase and starts throwing stuffed animals in there. I help her pack and she rolls her suitcase to the door and waits for 15 minutes at the door for Maw Maw. When Maw Maw got there she rolled her suitcase out on the porch. First she gave me hugs and kisses. Closed the door herself. She didn't want me to follow. Lovely, it's starting already. She rolled her suitcase to the car, with no help. Maw Maw tried once when Deci hit some rocks but she shoved Maw Maws hand away. They got in the car and drove off. I'm still not sure if she got a nap or not. I left for my Date Night fun a few hours later relaxed knowing that my child was happy. She loves her Maw Maw. That makes date night easier! As much as I need breaks from her sometimes, I realize she needs breaks from me just as much! :)