I have been struggling to get Jack to nap in his crib for about a month at this point. He LOVES to nap in his swing.

He has been doing that since he was about 2 1/2 weeks old. That thing was and to some extent still is a lifesaver for us. It really soothed him early on. It allowed me to get some sleep when he would wake up at 4 am and not want to go back to sleep in his crib. I would sleep on the couch while he went back to sleep in this swing. At that point it is all about survival. You got to do what you can to get some rest yourself. Then it turned in to him only napping in it during the day. Luxurious 3 hour naps in here.

But I always feel as though I cannot leave  him alone too long. Or at least I did. It is easier now. I can take a shower without panicking the whole time. He is safe, buckled in, and sound asleep. Not much different than the crib.

But I feel like I never get a break. I nurse him, so I am always up with him when he needs to eat in the middle of the night. We are tethered together. I LOVE it. But every human being needs a small amount of time to just be alone or have a breather. So for me this break is found when he naps in his room during the day. That is all I ask. I love being with him 24/7. I havent been apart from him for more than a couple hours since he was born. And certainly never overnight or for an entire day. I don’t plan on that changing any time soon. Maybe when I stop BF after he is a year old.

But this crib stuff has been a huge challenge. Yesterday he dozed off while eating. AFTER his morning crib nap, which lasted 30 minutes, leaving him exhausted still. I decided that I would put him on the floor instead of in his swing.

This was the result. So he was FINE with being on the floor, but not in his crib. He is seriously so silly. He does crack me up. I love him more than anything. Eventually he is going to be too large for this swing and he will just have to deal with napping elsewhere. Right now I get one nap in the morning in the crib. It varies from 30 minutes to about 2 hours. I must point out, he tends to do 2 hours when Jason is home and puts him down for that nap. He has done 1:50 minutes for me ONCE. lol that was earlier in this week. So just once. For me he normally doesn’t do longer than 50 minutes. But I take what I can get. If I wasn’t worried about the kitties trying to snuggle with him I would let him sleep on the floor like this and go about my business. I may start letting him do this while I sit in the living room with him. It could be a transition from the swing to a flat surface! One step at a time. That is my motto anyway. One crib nap in the morning is progress. We will work on the rest later down the road. He is a precious child and has a very strong personality already. I see so much of myself in him. So much! He does look rather cute napping on the floor though. I know there is no photo of a crib nap. But I would never risk waking him up during one by taking a photo 😉 He is in there now! I am off to take a shower, luxuriously!