Thursday, August 23, 2007

Thankful for Sleep


Kyle turned three in May. He still sleeps ten to eleven hours a night and if we are home and put him to bed, he sleeps two to three hours in the afternoon. Every day that we are home. Now we are in that golden period, in that if he misses his nap because we are out and about, he doesn't completely lose it. However, this summer, he's been a busy little boy, and on a few days when he didn't nap, he decided to create his own opportunities to catch some Zzzzz's.

Last month we went to the children's museum with friends. They had been at our house that morning and were pretty active for a couple of hours. Then he was very active at the museum for two hours. We had an early dinner (around 3:3opm), and after he ate, he fell asleep right at the table!




When we were on vacation, at the end of a long day sightseeing and at the aquarium, after just a couple of minutes amidst a big-screen experience of the Shark IMAX movie--he slept.

Another day on vacation after a big day out, he took the standard car nap.




After another active day with friends over, he and Amanda were watching TV in the basement while I was getting dinner ready, and she alerted me to this:




Because my kids have always been generally well-rested, they didn't usually need to conk out if they missed a nap or two. But apparently Kyle is a busy growing boy, and indeed, I am thankful that when he needs sleep, he sleeps. When he's tired and doesn't fall asleep, this is what we get:




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16 comments:

Beth@Sportsmomma said...

Aw- those pictures are great. Poor guy looks pitiful in that last one though. Wouldn't it be great if as adults we could/would just go to sleep whenever we needed to!!!

ellen b said...

Oh my how thankful I was for naptime. It will be interesting to see how tall this napper is in a few years....Blessings...

Katrina said...

Oh, such adorable pictures! Camden was never the type to fall asleep anywhere -- he always wanted to be at home, in his crib when he got tired. Logan seems to be the same way, but I'm not giving up hope that he might learn to sleep wherever he gets tired!

e-Mom said...

This post made me chuckle! Our kids took regular naps for years--and were much better for it. I usually lay down for a short time during that period too. I'm glad Kyle is such an active (and rested) little guy. :~)

Lauren@Baseballs&Bows said...

What a fun post! I love all the pictures. Neither of my kids have ever slept well except in their beds, but in their beds, they are great nappers!

Stephanie said...

I love it when they fall asleep at the table! It's just too cute.

Denise said...

I enjoyed the pictures of your sweet children, thanks for sharing.

Lynn said...

Jennifer,

Just a delightful post. Ah, to sleep like a kid again. *dream*

Great post. Great photos.

Thank you.

sarah said...

wow! kyle is getting so big!

Angie said...

Those are precious pictures! ...and sleep is good!
Great post!

Lori said...

Those are cute pictures. Thank the Lord for a flexible sleeper!

Mary said...

It's so cute when kids fall asleep anywhere. Thanks for sharing the cute pics. Blessings on your weekend.

Changed by His Love said...

I think Kyle and my Boo would be best buddies in sleepyland. ALthough I have seen so much of that last picture that I am just about on edge. I don't mind if he naps or doesn't, just don't be whiny and complaining. :)Thanks for stopping by yesterday!

Summer said...

I love when kids drift off as they eat. Too cute!

Dianne said...

Kyle is adorable. Nothing beats a sleeping kid for cute!

dad said...

You not only took that picture of Kyle, but you posted it on the internet for the world to see. Wonder if it will still be accessible, when he is 15 or so, to show his girlfriend?