Saturday, July 17, 2010

Oh who are we kidding?

Today I realized that I was getting desperate and trying to fit my child into a mold that the doctors, all well meaning, try to fit all kids her age in.
Well, her parents just don't fit that mold.
Yes, it's really hard on us when her naptime routine is out of whack as it has been but we're also attuned to her for the most part. I think the attachment parenting practice has been paying off and we know that our kid just doesn't sleep very well when she doesn't listen to her body.
Now I'm not saying we are going to let her have the run of the show, although in the depths of it it can feel that way.
I'm saying I need to stop thinking about this regiment and listen to my daughter again.
It just seemed like the panacea because her natural routine fit what the doctors described.
Maybe I'm just in the thick of it and I'm exhausted.
Maybe I'll look back on this and chuckle. Hey, the doc was right.
Either case, I'm going to follow my instincts again and listen to my kid's cues. I know it's going to be tough at times but when I follow her cues she does receive her needed 12+ hours of sleep. When I follow this guideline from the doc, she's getting 9+.