Yesterday might have been Mother’s Day, but that didn’t stop my toddler from toddler-ing. Despite going to bed late on Saturday night and waking up earlier than usual, he was adamant that he did NOT need a nap. Because I knew we were going to be out late last night, I did my best to convince him otherwise.
I was not successful.
This kid is known for spinning some funny stories. His sense of humor is one of my favorite things about him. But when it comes to naps or bed time, if he doesn’t feel like sleeping, he always has a excuse for why he “can’t” and it always makes us laugh.
One of the things that I do for posterity’s sake is document things the kids say. As I was adding his nap time argument last night, I found a few other gems that I just have to share. Here are five reasons he has had for not being able to sleep.
#1 – He was afraid of the dark. And the light.
Yup. He couldn’t sleep on one particular day because he was afraid of the dark and the light.
Now I am all for validating fears or any emotional state for that matter, but this is not a true fear of his. He simply did not want to go to sleep. Once I told him there was no other option but to sleep in the light or the dark, he conceded and was somehow able to fall asleep.
#2 – He had to go to work.
There was one day that he “absetly” (absolutely) could not take a nap because his dad needed him at work. I know that he misses his dad when his dad is working so I usually don’t brush off such an argument. But on this day, his dad wasn’t working so his argument fell flat. When he realized his dad was at home, he took a nap. He also talked his dad into taking a nap with him.
#3 – The dog wanted to cuddle.
Not a silly argument if you ask me. I get the puppy wanting some love and the 3yo wanting to snuggle with him. What was silly was that when I moved the dog bed into his room and told him that Stewie (our pup) could take a nap with him, he sang a different tune. It was no longer our dog that wanted to cuddle, but one of his best friend’s dog that needed him. A dog that lives twenty minutes away. A dog I know for a fact he would never cuddle because he is huge.
#4 – His toys were annoying him. And then he missed them.
That was the last night we let him have toys in his room. They hadn’t been an issue prior, but on this one night he was up until nearly 11:00. Four hours after we had put him to bed and three hours after we had moved all of the toys out of his room.
First the toys were bugging him to play with them. Totally understandable. We thought, okay let’s just take the toys out. Except that when we did that, he was sad because he missed them. We tried letting him have one in there and that worked for a little bit. It all went south when he started scream-giggling as he played and woke up his brother. If you know his brother, he’s about as friendly as a rabid raccoon when he gets woken up.
That was a long night, but since then, he has had no issues not having his toys in his room. I, on the other hand, may be having an issue with them permanently being everywhere else.
#5 – “Kids don’t belong in beds.”
This is by far my favorite argument because it came out of nowhere. With a straight face he looked at me and said, “I can’t sleep. Kids don’t belong in beds. It’s mean.” When I asked him where kids belong, if not in their beds, he told me that “kids belong to be free or in tents”. Okay? I tried to convince him to sleep in the tent in his room (which he has been doing since last Friday night) but he had no desire to even try and I had no desire to fight him about it.
Ironically, he ended up reading stories with me. In my bed. And I fell asleep. HA! Joke’s on him.
Honestly, it was nice to spend time with just him for a bit, even if I did have to pay today for him not getting his nap in yesterday. I know my napping days are numbered so I’ll take what I can get. I (kind of) look forward to whatever excuses he has in the future and to all the laughs he’s sure to give us.
Here’s to naps and funny kids!