My college roommate, freshman year, tried to create β€˜room 206 naptime.’ She loved to nap; I didn’t; she thought I should.

So at 2pm each afternoon, when neither of us had class, we climbed into our beds. She dozed. I gazed at the ceilings, the walls, longingly at the door, thinking of all the things I could/should/wanted to be doing. She knew I wasn’t sleeping and eventually, she gave up. And the naptime ritual ended.

On weekends now, there is a similar naptime ritual at my house.

1pm. I tuck in my girl. My husband stretches out across the couch. Cats curl up in their respective corners.

And I stay awake.

Yes, I should sleep. Not because someone else thinks I should. But because carrying one child in my womb and another on my hip for hours is exhausting. Because sleep will soon be elusive with a toddler and a newborn, most certainly operating on different schedules, and I should rest up while I can.

But I stay awake.

I do laundry. I write. I enjoy the moments of peace and freedom. Nobody needing anything, nobody talking to me. Not even the cats try to crawl onto my lap.

I tiptoe around the house. And I get to see things like this.

cat sleeping with baby doll

I enjoy moving around on my toes. I enjoy the challenge of being oh so quiet.

I feel, often for the first time all day, that I am really and truly caring for them, by caring for myself.

The house is my oyster at naptime.

And when everyone begins to stir, and once again begins needing and talking and staking claim to my lap, I’m ready for them.


linking up with Heather to Just Write.


  1. so beautiful, this imagry… i do the same thing! even if it’s just late at night, i love being awake in my house when everyone else is asleep. it helps me to find the “me” and i feel rest, even if not sleeping when i should πŸ™‚
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  2. I was never much of a napper as I’ve always been so utterly desperate for the silence it brings me. to be able to be in my own home in the the quiet is bliss.
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  3. I used to absolutely love The Boy’s nap time … those days are long gone … he stopped the day he turned 3!

  4. I love a good power nap…but, I love the time to get things done with two hands and all of my attention more!

  5. I’m not a nap taker either. I would rather use that time as catch up. The only time I take a nap is if I am sick or just plain done from an exhausting week or two.
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  6. I would sleep but most times I end up reading … πŸ™‚ Yes… I love my quiet house during nap time! Even when my 3 yr. old doesn’t nap anymore (she stopped napping before she turned two) we are both very quiet when little sister (19 months old) sleeps for about 2 hours in the afternoon… it’s like we both treasure those moments. πŸ™‚
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  7. If I could, I would convince everyone to take on a 2pm naptime. It’s perfect. as a matter of fact, I’m going to take a nap now, even if it isn’t 2pm…
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