And by "graduated," I mean "broke mommy's heart and destroyed any chance to get an hour alone." And by "quiet time," I mean "45 minutes of Pippi trying not to stay in her room and definitely not being quiet."
But it was getting impossible to put her to bed before 9 p.m. and that just created another big mess. So we decided to bite the bullet and let her give up the nap in exchange for a 7 p.m. bedtime.
Most days, she's spent her quiet time hopping in and out of her room, running to the potty, asking for help getting various costumes on and generally demanding lots of attention. It was basically 45 minutes of work for me and no rest time for her.
Then I tried putting the baby gate at her door to keep her contained. Several minutes later, when she appeared downstairs at my elbow, I asked her how she got out.
With a stern face and loud voice she announced, "I stomp on that gate!" Well, so much for that plan.
So today, she was actually staying in her room, playing and singing and entertaining herself for a good 30 minutes. I was so impressed and hoping for just 15 minutes more when she started calling for me from the top of the stairs. After attempting to negotiate another 5 minutes and watching her despair across the top of the stairs in a dramatic whine, I walked away and went back to my work. (And by "work," I mean "Twitter." Let's be honest.)
Several minutes passed and I suddenly realized it was totally quiet upstairs. Crap, I thought. She's either silently dismantling the bathroom sink or she snuck into my room and emptied my dresser drawers.
When I turned the corner to head upstairs, here's what I found:
That's right. She's SOUND ASLEEP, wearing only her princess undies, in the exact spot where I left her whining about not wanting to stay upstairs. Clearly she still needs a nap -- she just doesn't want to be told to take one.
Here's a closer view of her sweet face:
So there you have it. Even the most stubborn three-year-old can still be conquered by the need to nap.
What's the strangest place you've found your child asleep? And speaking of children napping in crazy places, if you haven't seen Naps Happen, go check out this blog immediately.