Vera had been absolutely terrible about taking naps recently despite being exhausted. And when she wouldn't nap, I suddenly had a terror on my hands by 4PM that was full on whining, the word NO, hitting, throwing herself on the floor....you know what I mean.
Perhaps she is coming to the end of napping? But...no....no....noooo!!! That can't be! She's too young to give up naps! She is clearly tired!!! And, I need that time for my sanity and work.
Talking to Kirsten about this, whose been there and done that not that long ago, suggested putting Vera to bed for her nap earlier. Totally against what my instinct was, which included putting her to bed later in hopes being more tired would do the trick.
So, I can announce that Kirsten is definitely a toddler nap genius. Putting Vera to bed at least 30 minutes early has been the answer! I put her in her "nap suit", put her in her crib, offer to tuck her in. She turns to me and has said, "Bye, Mama!" Smiling. Happily. No fighting or hitting me. I once peaked at the door to see what she does when she thinks I have left, and she laid right down and covered herself over with her blanket.
Wow. I have had so much time today to get work done, that I was able to take a break and write this post. So, Kirsten, you are a genius!