It's an understatement to say Nolan likes his bed. This kid loves it. He's climbed all over it, jumped on it, danced on it, climbed in and out of it a thousand times already and seems to understand that he needs to stay in it until we come and get him.
But he's TOO excited and while he seems to understand it, he doesn't follow that direction. Yesterday's nap was almost an epic failure. He cried for an hour and when I popped in to try to calm him down he was sitting on the floor reading a book crying. So we went back to bed, I laid him down and put the blanket on and rubbed his back. I told him to close his eyes (he shut them tight) and put the blanket over his face while rubbing his back. These are all things I've never done before, as a general rule we don't go into his room when he should be sleeping. We learned this after we were sleep trained when he was 4.5 months old. At any rate I was nearly quivering at the possibility that he's going to expect this treatment at every nap. Nevertheless he did, eventually fall asleep at nap- YAY BIG BOY!
So last night at bedtime he insisted we read one of his 5 books from his bed. He didn't lay down and snuggle in, he sat on the edge, just like the photo above while I read the book. Then I laid him down, put a larger blanket over him that I tucked into the bottom and sides of the mattress and left. We didn't hear a peep out of him until 530 this morning. Was that luck? Or perhaps because it's dark in his room he couldn't see? Or maybe he was so darn tired from his mini nap that he just conked out. When we checked on him at 10pm he was still tucked into bed, under his covers sleeping on his side!
So at 530am we heard some peeps but we fell back asleep and assumed he did too. Dave went to get him in the morning and said the light was turned on and Nolan had pulled both blankets off the bed and made a little nest on the floor and was sitting in the nest reading books. While we don't want him getting up out of bed until we come to get him I suppose if he is reading quietly it is ok...
So wish us luck for nap attempt #2. Hopefully he is wiped out from his day today and falls asleep rather quickly. I suppose it's helpful that it's dark and rainy this weekend and we are teaching Nolan about sleeping in a big boy bed in the winter versus the summer when it's still light out at 8:30pm.