Yesterday I went to the grocery store. While bagging my groceries, the very sweet teenaged girl doing that task asked me, "how's your day going so far?"
Here is what I said: "Just fine, thanks."
Here is what I said in my head: "Well, my child - who is adorable, thanks for mentioning that - is also cranky right now because I dragged her here mostly so we could get in the car, because for some reason, she has decided that she is not going to nap today AT ALL even though we spent damn near two hours trying to get her down, so we are here because I have an insane need to get one freaking thing done with my one day off and after this we are going to drive in the car until she falls asleep and I don't care if we end up in Colorado, THIS KID IS GOING TO TAKE A NAP for me just once, since she seems to take two-hour naps for everyone else in her life but has no interest whatsoever in taking one, just one, blessed nap for her own mother."
Perhaps you can see why I did not say that out loud.
Naps. Why is it that she takes them for everyone else except me? Really? Does anyone have any tips on this? Because I am about to lose my mind. She goes to daycare on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, where she regularly takes a 90-120 minute nap. Every time. At home, she took a 90-minute nap on Sunday when her dad put her down. Once or twice a month, she goes to my parents' house on Fridays, where she almost always takes at least a 60-90 minute nap.
For me? 40 minutes. Maybe 45. Once I got 90 minutes out of her but that was apparently a complete fluke.
She's getting some molars, I'm pretty sure. She still sleeps well at night, for which I am grateful (but if one more person says to me, "well, at least she sleeps at night, my kid didn't sleep through the night until she was 24 so see how my life is so much worse than yours?" I am going to kick some as$).
But why won't she nap for me? What is this about? Anyone?