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How does she know?

February 4, 2006

My child is by nature not a good napper. Nine times out of ten, we don’t have anything exciting to do during the day, so her sporadic napping is generally not an issue. On a typical day she will go down for a nap and sleep for about 45 minutes on average.

Why is it that on the rare occasion that we have somewhere to go at a designated time, that she will go down for a nap a sleep for two or three hours? How does she know that we want to go somewhere and more importantly what in her little brain tells her that now is the time to sleep for hours? It never fails.

Allison is 8-months old. We can count on our hands the number of times that we’ve been to church. The child who will never sleep during the 10 o’clock hour so that I can watch Dr. Phil during the week will almost always sleep through the 10 o’clock hour on Sunday mornings. I know what you are thinking go to church at 9 or 11, right. A few weeks ago we tried this approach. I picked out three different service times to attend – 9:45 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.. Allison went down for a nap at 9 a.m. So we figured the first choice was out of the question. My husband and I planned on attending one of the later services. We took showers, got dressed in our Sunday best and I even went into Allison’s room to pick out her clothes. What do you think happened? The child slept until 11:45 a.m. Convenient, huh?

I just wish I knew how she did it.

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