For Austin's entire life he has never been the greatest nap taker. The two of us have an ongoing daily battle of taking naps. He has come a long way in this area - at least most days he does nap for at least an hour. I always look at the 1 hour as a success, when secretly I long for 2-3 hours of naptime.
Several of my mommy friends inform me that their children nap for these great stretches of time. And, I hear of how much they accomplish (laundry, dishes, mopping the floors, etc.) during this peaceful time.
In my struggles for 18 months to get Austin to take a long nap, I have come the realization that he just doesn't take good naps. It is just part of how he is and what makes him unique. I love him the same regardless the length of sleep he gets during the day. Although, I will admit, he is soo much more fun after a 2 hour nap versus a 1 hour nap.
The past several months Austin has consistently taken a 1.5 hour nap. Unless he is visiting his Nana or Aunt Stacy. On those days he chooses to sleep for approximately 3 hours...some days more. I don't understand this. He wasn't even in his own bed during these amazing naps.
Yesterday, Austin had a traumatizing day with a lab visit to have blood drawn. He fell asleep in the car for 20 minutes in the morning and did not nap the rest of the day. Today I am determined to help Austin achieve a better nap. I hung black towels in his windows behind his curtains - this made his room look soo much darker. I am doing NOTHING during his nap to keep the house quiet for him.
So far we are 1 hour into his nap and he is still asleep. I am curious to see if the darker room and quiet house provide a longer nap. Although I will not be able to continue the quiet house for much longer, I doubt his sister will understand that she can't cry while her brother naps.