A fortnight ago, after BattleKid and I had been swimming, we had brunch with BattleDad before having our usual shower and getting into comfy pj’s. Normally it’s around 1pm at this stage and I get BattleKid into his cot for a nap. However, on this occasion, as I got dressed after our shower, BattleKid was quietly watching Curious George on our bed so I climbed onto our bed next to him for some cuddles. He was enjoying George and I enjoyed stealing cuddles.
After about 15 minutes I started feeling sleepy so I shut my eyes, just for a minute. I fell asleep and unbeknownst to me, so did BattleKid. At 2 o’clock BattleDad, who had been on the bed with us, got up and stirred me. He said BattleKid was asleep.
We decided to move BattleKid to his cot gently and BattleDad insisted I get back into bed for a nap. Although I had things I wanted to do I didn’t argue and, as I climbed in, I made BattleDad promise to set his alarm for one hours time or I might not sleep that night. I fell asleep straight away into a deep sleep for one and a half hours until BattleDad woke me at 3.30. BattleKid was still asleep which was good. I got up to sort dinner amongst other things.
That hour and a half was much-needed and much appreciated, and it reminded me of the afternoons during my maternity leave when I’d climb into bed around 2pm with BattleKid, him in his Sleepyhead™ pod beside me, and we’d snooze for anything between one and a half to three hours! It was the only way I could get him to nap for longer than 30 minutes at a time. I’d hold his hand or place my hand on his chest and we’d both drop off to the soothing sounds of Ewan. He’d wake up for a feed well rested with a refreshed mum.
I miss those times. Those afternoon naps were much-needed and well-earned during my maternity leave. So to have BattleKid fall asleep with me again in my arms on my bed was a lovely treat. And what do you know, we did it again last weekend, only this time mum and son napped for two and a half hours on mum’s bed! It’s moments like this I savour as they don’t happen very often. Or do they? Is this the start of a regular occurrence? We shall see.