I need some advice. Charlie and Liv are finally down to one nap a day, but they only sleep for an hour. They might sleep for 1.5 hours if I'm lucky, and let's face it, I'm not an inherently lucky person. Blessed, yes, lucky...no way. That's Eli's department Mr. I-win-every-radio-contest-I-call-for. But I digress.
So. They are taking naps that are way too short. And the rest of the afternoon and evening and horrible. They are tired and cranky, and quite frankly, so am I. I've tried letting them cry to see if they fall back asleep. They don't. They just cry for as long as I keep them in there, and I've never been a softy on this. I've let them cry for as long as an hour and a half after they wake up. Anything longer than that just feels wrong to me. I've tried getting them up as soon as they wake. I've tried putting them down on a strict schedule and putting them down when they are tired. I've tried two naps a day and putting them down earlier. Generally they go down after lunch between 12:30 and 1, but they've also gone before lunch on the days when they just can't make it anymore. I try to get them down before they are too tired, I know the signs to look for. I've tried talking to them about needing to rest quietly for a while after they wake up, but in this case the conversation didn't work out so well. After an hour I can still hear them jumping in the cribs and/or crying. We use soothing music, we have curtains, we have blankets, we have snugglies. We do NOT have pacifiers as most of you already know if you read my blog. After three days of madness, they fall asleep just fine without them and for a while there they were even taking 2/2.5 hour naps. Not anymore.
They have always been champion sleepers at night. Currently they sleep from 7pm to 8/8:30am. Which we DO NOT want to change that, as you might imagine. :) But even given their great night sleep, they still need more sleep than they are getting during the day.
So send me your thoughts and suggestions. I'm open to any and all, I only ask that you don't suggest that I do things I've already told you we have tried. Some people on facebook didn't quite realize that those suggestions wouldn't be helpful. :) I included more info on the blog post though, so there's a more complete picture here. Operation "Kid Nap" has now begun! Tehe! I couldn't resist.