For moms of babies and
toddlers, the holiest time of the day is nap time. Without naps, we would never
get to wash our hair, pay a bill, eat a meal sitting down or respond to a text
using both hands.
Unfortunately, naps—while amazing—are often unpredictable. Some days, when I put my 22-month-old
down, she follows the Baby 101 Manual and sleeps peacefully for three hours,
which is the SAHM version of a spa day. Other times, that kid babbles for 45 minutes,
eventually stripping off all her clothes and diaper, which forces
me to collect her, because changing crib sheets by yourself is pure torture.
So given their
all-too-short and uneven nature, naps are probably not the ideal time to pick
up a new hobby or start some sprawling project. But I have tried. Oh, how I’ve
tried. My house is littered with evidence of my failed attempts at
self-improvement, all begun during nap time and dropped like a hot potato once
Sleeping Beauty’s squawks light up the monitor.
2. Bust out my label
maker and organize the toys into clear containers with pictures on the outside so the kids know precisely where to put everything back, which I'm sure they will do flawlessly, just like on Pinterest.
3. Finally use that slow
cooker everyone else is raving about but I can’t seem to remember I own until
it’s 15 minutes before dinner time.
4. Test all the markers to
see which ones still write. (Hint: almost none of them)
5. Learn how to mosaic,
so I can feel better about having accidentally broken so many of our wedding
dishes. And the $40 I spent at Michaels on grout and sealer.
6. Do my own nails. All 10 of them.
7. Finish knitting that
scarf I started six years ago on pregnancy bed rest. If only I could remember the
pattern. Or how to actually knit.
8. Download all my CD’s
into iTunes and make playlists so my kids can learn to love proper music from the 80s and 90s instead of Kidz Bop.