I"m in no nap hell this week! My son is 3 years and almost 2 months. He has always taken an afternoon nap and a few times he's missed it for various reason, he is a bear the rest of the day. Yesterday, following an unusual bad morning at 3K, he didn't take one. He had a tummy ache and I let him lay down with me. He was almost asleep when his baby brother woke, waking him too.
Today, we have been home, but he and I have been busy with crafts and playing. He's only watched a bit of TV and that was when I needed to put the baby down for a nap this morning. Thought naptime for older son would go fine today. Well, he went down fine, but screamed 3 minutes after I left the room. This is what he did yesterday which he has never done before. I asked what was wrong and he said he needed to poop. So I let him go. Once on the potty, he peed a little then started singing and smiling and all. I told him to poop and he said he did not have to. So I explained that he lied to me and took him back to bed. He screamed again. This time he woke up the baby. I peeked in his room and told him to quiet down and it was naptime then went to get the baby back to sleep. By the time I was done 10 minutes later, Nathan was hysterical screaming that he had to poop. Again got him up and let him go, but he acted the same as before - didn't have to poop at all.
I should add that he has used this have to poop excuse to get out of the bathtub before we are done with bath if he's not in the mood for bathing. We are working on what lies are. Anyway, so after he screamed more, I was losing my cool. Had to take deep breaths before I addressed him again. He was standing up in bed and crying for me to hold him. So I gave him a hug and got down against the bed. I got him to lay down and I rubbed his back while I explained that it was naptime. If he did not want to nap, he needed to at least stay in bed for quiet time and play with his stuffed animals. He cried again when I left but calmed down. After over an hour of all this, I think he is asleep. But I can hear him over the monitor doing that hiccup type breathing. He did this yesterday too after crying so much at school.
I don't kow what is going on with him. Delayed reaction to baby brother? (Jealousy, realizing he's here to stay even though he loves him) Reaction to school starting even though he loves it? Change in weather? I don't know. But I miss my sweet, obidient little boy. I feel like I do not know how to address this behavior. Is it not needing a nap anymore? Is it not getting out enough (I try my best but with the baby it is not as much as I'd like).
Its really stressing me out if you can't tell. I should add that I work from home 20 hours a week and naptime is when I got most of my work done.