I consider myself to be an active person. I run, I lift weights, I enjoy a good sweat and elevated heart rate from a solid workout. I’m very familiar with the value of a hustle when working out to get the most out of every move. However, since I’ve become a mom, I’ve been introduced to a whole new kind of hustle… The Nap Time Hustle.
It’s amazing to me how valuable those bursts of 30-60 minutes become. As soon as my son falls asleep, I am on the move. I have a list of chores to tackle. There’s always vacuuming, laundry or dishes to be done. Yes, I’ve heard is many times to “sleep when the baby sleeps,” but if I did that, I’d never get anything accomplished! There’s a great deal of skill that goes into the nap time hustle. The To Do List is a must. Knowing which chores to tackle and having a plan to do so is critical in getting them accomplished. In addition to knowing those chores are finished, there is a small thrill in crossing items off of the To Do List. Inside, there’s a small voice that says, “Yes!”
While The Nap Time Hustle can become an important, productive part of the day, it doesn’t always go according to plan. Up until my son was about four months old, he would nap in his swing, or his little floor chair that vibrates. Now, he want nothing to do with being put down to nap on his own. I’ve fought that battle and I’ve lost…many times. Now, I wear my son in a carrier for his day time naps. I’ve come to realize that I would much rather figure out a way for my son to get those important naps each day than let his cry it out and get overly exhausted during the day, leading to more sleep issues at night. I know it won’t be forever, eventually, he will nap in a crib. But for now, I run around completing The Nap Time Hustle each day wearing 16 extra pounds. At least I can now check workout off the To Do List!