After my break down post a month or so ago, I started taking some much needed steps to take care of “me”.
This would not have been possible without the sleep/nap training. Knowing that you have a guaranteed chunk of time every day really helps you feel in control and that you can plan something for yourself.
The first thing I did was make napping a priority for myself. The nanny arrives at 8:30am and for the first couple of weeks I would go out on a walk with her and the boys would nap in the stroller. I did this for a couple of reasons (a) she was a stranger and I needed to get comfortable and make sure she didn’t kidnap my kids. (b) I felt guilty about not being with my babies 100% of the time and even after I was quite confident of her skills and that she was not going to steal my precious cargo, I continued to go on these walks.
The day after my breakdown post, I helped her strap the kids in the stroller, told her to stay out with them until it was time to eat again and went and took a nap.
OMG. It was like I had died and gone to heaven. A completely quiet and dark bedroom and the bed all to myself! I now do this every single day and get a good 1.5 to 2 hours nap. It has changed my life. I don’t feel so exhausted and crazy and overwhelmed. Sleep oh glorious sleep.