Iris rarely naps these days. Maybe once or twice a week. This may be eliciting gasps of shock and horror from some of my readers, much like it does from my friends in real life, but let me tell you, I really enjoy it!
Now, maybe you're thinking I must be a little nutty from my lack of sleep, but let me explain. First of all, Iris isn't cranky. She no longer melts down in the middle of the day if she's tired. Occasionally she will still at night, but gosh, I don't even remember the last time she did during the day. Other than her normal aggravating behavior, she's no different on the days she doesn't nap. That means I can actually enjoy being awake with her while her sister is sleeping. We can do things like talk, play Play-Doh or trains, clean up, watch tv, color, you get the idea.
Not napping in the afternoon also opens us up to a whole host of possibilities with our day. It's been quite a while since I've had to say "oh, sorry, we can't, Iris has to nap" which is something all of my friends are still saying about their children. I simply can't get our butts in gear to get out of the house and do anything in the morning, so knowing we have the entire afternoon free is fantastic. Eloise often gets in her long nap mid-morning, then we can all eat lunch and leisurely head out of the door. This works out super well on days we want to do something big, like travel to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium for the entire afternoon or even something little like go to the wading pool.
Of course, I still have a babe who really should be napping in her own bed for two naps every day, but I can usually get by with throwing caution to the wind on a handful of those naps every week which means more often than not we are getting out and about.
Do I love those magical days when both of my girls are napping at the same time? You bet your ass I do. But, much like Ben and Jerry's, those are a rare (and deeply enjoyed) treat. Iris is now old enough, though, that if we are home in the afternoon and Eloise is sleeping, she can keep herself occupied if I need to just veg out or do laundry or clean. All of the things I would have done had she been sleeping, anyways, minus the guilt.
I suppose it's also been an easy transition because it wasn't like one day she just up and stopped napping-- it's been very gradual over many weeks. Not a big deal at all.
I must also say that the playground right after lunch time is an fabulous, quiet place to be :)