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  1. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Michelle — sorry I’m just now seeing your comment – I’ve been off the past few days and am just now returning to work. Sounds like you were facing one of those frustrating but all-too-common holiday dilemmas! What did you end up deciding to do?

    For the record, I’ll say that choices like this depend on so many factors that are unique to you. Some parents (myself included) really prefer to stick to the normal routine whenever possible, while others are just fine with changing things up to accommodate special events. And babies/toddlers are the same — some flip out at the smallest of schedule changes, while others seem to roll with it.

    I will say, too, that I think the number of children you have influences these kinds of decisions. When I was a new mom, I was a lot more rigid about my oldest son’s schedule. But now that I have 3, I’ve found that I couldn’t be rigid, even if I wanted to, because I have to take all 3 kids needs and activities into account. It’s quite the juggling act!

    Hoping Christmas Day went off without a hitch for you. We were all stricken with the flu at my house — I don’t remember adding ‘influenza’ to my Christmas list, but what are you gonna do? 😉

    @ Jennifer, Lisa, and Jane — Yes! This! Thank you so, so, SO much for reaching out to a fellow mom and offering some of your wisdom. I love this. Love that you ladies took the time to offer support and encouragement, and to let Michelle know that she’s not alone. Thank you – it’s parents like you who help make this blog an encouraging place to visit! 🙂

  2. Jane says:

    Good luck Michelle! It’s frustrating when you hear that from relatives. For the record, my son is 15 months and still takes 2 naps. His morning one is always the best one too. He’s pretty flexible which is nice. A couple weeks ago we had a holiday party and he only got the morning nap. He was exhausted at the end of the day but wasn’t cranky. It helped that there were lots of different people around and we were not at our house. I think if we were at our house he would have been more fussy. Good luck!

  3. Lisa says:

    I would say, “sorry can’t do it. He’s such a good baby because I keep to his routine and I make sure he gets enough sleep. We will all have a much better day if he gets enough sleep. You did a great job as parents (assuming it’s true) now let me do my job with what I think is right for the baby now. We will see you at x-o’clock.”
    You’re the only voice he has. I think you’ll regret making an exception if the day goes poorly because he’s cranky. It’s your holiday too and making it stressful because of others’ pressure doesn’t sound right. I only say this to give you the support you might need to follow your instincts to do whatever you really want to do that will make you feel most comfortable and at ease, only from experience of not having always done that myself and later asking myself why did I do that? And it’s always because I felt pressure to go against instinct… :)!

  4. Jennifer says:

    Mum knows best! You do what works for you and your child, NOT what works best for your parents! They can adapt easily as adults to a later meeting time, your child cannot. Or they come over early on the understanding that you’ll be putting your son down to nap at whatever time you usually do. They’ll get to spend time with him before and after. Grandparents should not be so inflexible in my opinion.

  5. Michelle says:

    I’m not too concerned about a late bedtime for my 14 month old son, Jonah, it’s his naps tomorrow that are the issue. My parents want to come over early tomorrow, not later after his morning nap like I suggested. They are pressuring me to not take his morning nap, that he’ll be too would up to sleep anyway. They’ve actually been hinting for a while that he’s too big for 2 naps for a while now. I try to explain my reasoning but they won’t let down. What do you think? I really want him to stick to his schedule because it works very well for us. Should I make an exception for Christmas??

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