Noella simply chooses to not nap anymore. Maybe it's because once she gets into a good rhythm i go off and brag about her (every mother is entitiled to a little hubris now and then). Maybe it's because she's cutting teeth (classic excuse as to why any child under the age of 24 months is acting up). Or maybe it's just that she's figured out that the adults don't nap and doesn't understand why she should (though i would kill for a nap lately).
Take this morning for example. She was awake and fed by 7ish. She's usually ready for a nap about an hour and a half after she wakes up. So i started the normal routine once i saw signs of sleepiness setting in. Walked her back to her room, kissed her on her head and layed her down. Much to my dismay, not even 3 steps out of the room and she's wailing like someone pinched her.
I decided to let her fuss a few minutes and see if she would settle. It took about 15 minutes of fussing and one break from her prison (i picked her up for a minute) to settle her.
Ahhh silence. For about 20 minutes. And then after starting my school work for this morning i hear "ahhhHHHAhhhhh....AHHHHH!!!!" coming from her room. Clearly, she's not sleeping. She is having one of her serious talks with the giraffe again. I can tell it's serious because she isn't yelling for me, she's babbling to her buddy in a tone that is mostly inaudible from the living room.
Once again i go into her room and decide it's going to be a rocking nap time. So i pick her up and settle into the rocker. I begin the usual humming and rubbing her head. She isn't having it. She isn't throwing a fit but she stays in her "push up" position until i gently "guide" her head onto my chest where it stays for 2 seconds and the pops back up.
I placed her back into her crib, turned on the giraffe once again and left. It's been 25 minutes and she's still back there cooing.
This might be a LONG day...