Making the most of day sleeps while they last

Elliott at 4 weeks old. I can’t believe he’s nearly 2!

It’s actually Wednesday as I write this, 2:15pm to be precise and I’m relaxed, WAY more relaxed than earlier today. Today, I’m thankful for the 2-3 hours I get to myself while Elliott is sleeping. Do not call my phone, do not knock on my door, do not drive your noisy car down my street!

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This is the time when I can regain my sanity, recoup, catch up on my blog, empty the dishwasher and repack the dishwasher, clear away the piles of dishes from last nights dinner, fold washing and feel somewhat normal again. Looking at mess in my house just makes me feel like utter crap. Elliott’s day sleep time also gives me time to get over the numerous tantrums that he threw this morning, and regaining my energy after dealing with the ‘I’m not being interested in anything’ saga, which happens almost every day, he’s a tough one to entertain at home.  It also gives me time to clean up the play dough, toys, magazines etc that Elliott threw all over the floor during his tantrum throwing episodes.

It’s amazing though, how revived I feel and ready to tackle the next storm on the horizon! It makes me realise how important it is for me just to take a break and have some time to myself (even if it is cleaning) because it gives me a clear head and the ability to carry on. My only concern, what on earth will I do when he grows out of his day sleep? I’m hoping by then he would have grown out of his tantrum stage. I wonder if I’m hoping for too much?

How do you spend your time while your little one sleeps? Or, if they’ve grown out of their day sleep, when do you get some you time?

I’m linking up with Francesca for #ThankfulThursday

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Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman - a lifestyle and parenting blog.She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a Mum to her 4-year-old son, 2 month old daughter, two chickens, one dog and a fish called Bob and a wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little cottage on the outskirts of Brisbane.

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  1. October 3, 2013 / 12:15 am

    I am with you on those day sleeps. Definitely thankful for them, allows me time to just finish a cup of tea without being interrupted! Have a great day!

  2. October 3, 2013 / 1:31 am

    This I understand. So much so! My {little} Big Girl is 21 months, and thankfully sleeps for 2 – 3 hours during the day too. And oh my! Doesn’t it recharge the batteries? I’m currently 33 weeks pregnant, and probably should be using the time to rest, but I must admit, I most often spend it as you do.

  3. October 3, 2013 / 2:59 am

    Hello Eva! I’m visiting your blog today from Thankful Thursday. I don’t have children yet but I think I understand exactly what you mean. Cleaning and putting everything back into place it’s like making order in my head at the same time!

  4. October 3, 2013 / 11:03 am

    I’m so envious of you, Eva! Don’t worry, though, you will find different ways to regather yourself when Elliot drops his day sleep. It might just take some getting used to. Each of my girls dropped their day sleeps progressively earlier. MissyMoo1 was 2 and 3 months (3 months before MissyMoo2 was born), MissyMoo2 was right on 2 (3 months before MissyMoo3 was born) and MissyMoo3 stopped daily day sleeps at about 21 months. She still has a nap about 3 times per week but this could range anywhere from only 10 minutes up to about 40 minutes.

    I just tend to pick up the mess around me as I go (on the sly!), as well as getting the bigger two to tidy up after themselves a bit now.

  5. October 3, 2013 / 11:03 am

    Oh and thanks for linking up!!

  6. October 5, 2013 / 3:17 pm

    Oh how I miss those day sleeps! My house was much cleaner and my mind was much clearer back then! It is so lovely that you can recognise now how wonderful that time is.

  7. October 6, 2013 / 12:22 am

    Day sleeps are the best. They also give you the time to set up an activity for the afternoon (it is so hard setting up while you are being ‘helped’) which can make or break the rest of the day. How beautiful is that photo!