Monday afternoon. 1 PM.
I transformed into a classic chicken with my head cut off.
My three-year-old fell asleep for a nap.
While napping in itself is not miraculous per say (she does still nap…sometimes) the fact that is it before 1 PM and on a weekday is close to miracle status.
Kindergarten releases before 3 PM. My daughter’s normal naptime? 2 or 2:30 PM to 4-5 PM. This means about the time she’s finally ready to sleep, it’s time to leave to pick-up The Tackler.
The school districts here do not believe in buses. Not if you live within two miles of the school, which applies to pretty much every elementary district. The only buses you see are for those kids who must be bussed from other districts (i.e. one elementary school has all of the hearing impaired children).
This leaves any parent with a needing-to-nap toddler at home pretty much SOL.
Car-napping became the norm for a while as we waited in obscenely long drive-thru pick-up lines because the school lacks space to actually park and get your child—unless you arrive insanely early.
This either results in a quick ten-minute power nap and a grouchy Lil Diva, or a passed-out-cold-three-year-old who is then stuck in the car seat because I missed my transfer window (once she falls asleep, I have less than ten minutes to move her to a new location in hopes she will continue the nap without fully waking up).
Thanks to living in Texas, almost every afternoon has required air conditioning.
There’s nothing quite as freaky as the prospect of leaving your car running, in the driveway, with your toddler asleep inside.
It has forced me to get creative.
To keep an eye on her while she napped, I used my iPod to facetime with my iPad—which barely gets signal in my driveway. It created a video monitor so I could both see and hear her during the nap.
It wasn’t ideal—the call would often drop and I’d have to call myself and go out the car and answer it and pray it didn’t wake her up again—but it was the best I could do.
But today… today is not that day.
Today I had a moment of, “Ohmigod, she’s SLEEPING. At home. And her brother is gone. I have so many things to do I don’t know what to do!” I bounced around the house, staring at the scattered laundry, toy explosions, unorganized office, cluttered kitchen, and my laptop.
Guess which option won?
You have to have priorities after all, and I’ve let blogging lose out far too much.
How do/did you juggle the Kindergarten Pick-Up Curse? Any tips for us newcomers is greatly appreciated.
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*For those of you who are wondering how the Evil Baby Glare-Off turned out, Lil Diva came in second place. It was very close. They traded the lead several times, but ultimately Kadence won with 50.93% of the vote. See? Crazy close. Many thanks to those who voted or helped gather support for her. In other news, Lil Diva had stated her wish to train for another year while she still qualifies in hopes of receiving the coveted Evil Baby Glare-Off Champion title.