As an exhausted mom, I enjoy hearing the phrase, “I tired, Mommy”. Admitting they are tired is the first step to acceptance of a nap (and a leap toward some quiet time for mom!).
In addition to this lovely statement, there are also some subtle hints that each of my kids have given when they were still of the regular napping phase. However, each kid had a different “tell”.
With my oldest, it was him climbing into my lap and insisting on holding my thumb. Not sure why my thumb was comforting, but apparently it was. And, no other finger would do; just the thumb. He occasionally would accept a substitute thumb if mine was unavailable, but that was a rare occasion.
With my daughter (the middle child), it would involve her climbing into my lap, holding my pointer finger in one hand and twirling her hair with the other hand until her fingers got stuck in the tangles. My mom said I used to do the same thing, so I always smiled when she did this as this is one of the few things she does that is actually reminiscent of myself. (Even though she looks just like my childhood pictures, her personality is much more like my sister)
With my youngest, it involves climbing into my lap and rubbing his belly button. If I try to rub his belly for him, he will quickly correct me by grabbing my finger and pushing it directly into his belly button so that I know the “right” way to do it. Again, not sure why he chose the belly button, but no other spot will do.
Each kid has/had a different way of soothing themselves and heading off to dream land, just as each has a very different personality. However, there was one constant similarity in their routine and that was the fact that they climb(ed) into my lap to do these things. I wish they would always climb into my lap for snuggles, though I know the window for these kinds of things is slowly closing for my older kids.
Until these moments are gone, however, I will take whatever quirky snuggle-time routines they throw my way and I will enjoy them and cherish them completely (especially as they nod off quietly). And when the end finally does come, I will look back at this blog and remember fondly the times when they were sweet and adorable. 🙂
Did anyone else’s kids have a unique way of falling asleep when they were babies/toddlers?