So for the past couple of weeks, I felt like I had gotten things figured out (Isn't that always the way it goes?)
I had started paying extremely close attention to his tired signals, he seemed to be napping regularly, for 20 to 30 minutes each nap and all was good.
About three days ago, he has started putting up a huge fight everytime we try to put him down for naps or bedtime. Again, we're not doing anything different and I'm not sure where all the angst is coming from. He screams his head off, kicks, slaps, the whole nine. The second I sit in the glider with him, he starts in. We have to hold his arms with our arms while rocking him and after about ten minutes, he typically succumbs. We put him down to sleep and ten minutes later he wakes up. Process starts again.
It is not a matter of my over or under-shooting his 'awake times' as far as I'm aware because I have tried from the second he shows signs of tired to waiting a bit.
Yesterday I decided to just get him back up, as though he had napped and let him play - He got up and started playing like nothing had ever happened. I would try every hour and a half or so (or when he showed signs of being tired) and sometimes he would nap (after a fight) and sometimes he wouldn't.
All in all, he took three 30-minute naps yesterday and spent most of the day tired and fussing.
I'm really clueless here. My pediatrician keeps saying that at this age, his babies slept for one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening. Everything I have read, though, says that they should only be awake for a certain amount of time in between naps (around 2 hours at Jackson's age), so I don't understand how this works.
I don't want to have this fight everyday - It's very wearing and very frustrating. My question is... for the sake of Jackson...
Should I keep having the fight and try my hardest to get him to nap every couple of hours or should I just say 'screw it' and have him stay up all day until he'll fall asleep with minimal fighting? What's best for him?