Theo, Beau and Evangeline: A Naptime Trifecta
There are fairly few things that contribute to the physical wellness of a child as much as sleep and nutrition do. In our home, and I’m sure in the homes of many toddlers and preschoolers, nap time (clearly) is a sacred ritual. I’ve always been pretty strict about maintaining the consistency and rituals of our children’s naps, and while I know better than to assume all of my kids will be good nappers, three out of four have been thus far. Jack and Zoe also napped well into their third year of life, and only when we introduced afternoon pre-kindergarten classes did their naps become fully eradicated.
Beau is no different, although of the three of them, he looks forward to and expects his naps the most every day.
I suppose I would too if I had a sweet, loving and cuddly furball napping companion like Beau does. Lately, instead of me announcing that it’s time for “nite-nite”, Theo will already be waiting for Beau in our room at nap time, something that we both find endlessly hilarious and adorable.
Introducing Evangeline to a nap schedule has been something I’ve waited for, looking for consistency and following her cues. It seems that right about when she turned four months old, she started presenting a bit of her own routine. She rises at around 6:30 every morning, cat-naps for a blip, and a few hours later by 11:30-12 she’s ready for a nice, long snooze. I’ve timed it as much as I can to coincide with Beau and Theo’s naps so that they’re all on a similar schedule, but it hasn’t been until the last week or so that they’ve really seemed to find their groove.
And, by “finding their groove”, I mean happily snoozing all tucked together for at least an hour at a time.
Evangeline is the first to go to sleep, and after she’s sleeping I’m able to sit with Beau while he and Theo fall asleep. Once the are both out, I bring Evvie in a little closer because honestly, they all sleep better when there’s another warm body and soft heartbeat right there next to them. I never leave the room in these scenarios-I find time to work or read quietly at my desk a few feet away from our master bed.
I’m trying not to get my hopes up that this magical nap time trifecta is a habit that will last, but each day this happens-with or without Evvie-I’m ever in awe at their sweet slumber.
Naptime With Theo and Beau, Autographed Edition UPDATE!
With the release of our forthcoming children’s book, Naptime with Theo and Beau on February 3rd, I am thrilled to announce that those of you who have pre-ordered may upload your receipt to receive an autographed copy, “signed” by the stars of this daytime delight themselves.
The autographs came out so cute, it was well worth the hand and paw prints all over our living room after this painting fiasco.
This year is gearing up to be one of the very best yet. I am just so completely honored and grateful to be right here, right now, witnessing this magic every day for myself and watching as these three bring us all together in the simplest, sweetest, most peaceful way possible.