I’m in a bit of a pickle.? My child is a very schedule oriented type of person.? Good thing he has me as a mother I suppose.? Our days go a bit like this.
7:00ish wake up
7:30 or 8 breakfast
8 or 8:30-10 cartoons for him work for me
9:30 or 10 snack
10-12 play for him, housework for me or errands if needed
1:00 nap (naps 1 – 1 1/2 hours)
2:30 go outside and water and play
3:00 or 3:30 snack
4:30 come inside to start fixing dinner
We often deviate from this to make time for play groups or special outings, but the food element throws him off.? If we don’t eat a decent lunch or if we miss snack times he gets kinda pissy.
This morning the child ate most of his breakfast and then at 8:30 (approximately 2 seconds after I sat down to cry over my lost website check my email he comes in to ask if he can have Os in a cup.? I told him no because I wasn’t snack time.? He pitched a fit, but eventually go over it.? 15 minutes later I walked into the kitchen to get a kleenex.? He asked again if he could have Os.? I wasn’t in the mood to argue and gave in.? Boy happy.? Mommy happy.
At 11:30 the boy was playing outside and I was doing my requisite housework.? He started asking for a snack.? I told him no that it was 30 minutes until lunchtime and he could wait.? I didn’t want to give in on this one becaues often if we eat too early it totally throws him off and he turns into a raving lunatic.? On the contrary.? My no caused a freak out.? Crying child, irritated mommy.? I brought him inside to have his tantrum in his room because I didn’t want the neighbors to think I was killing him.
He cries in his room, I sit at the computer and marvel at my beautifully restored website.? After a while the crying stops.? I go down to check on the boy and tell him that he can come out of his room now.? Child is fast asleep.
He knows I get pissed off when he rocks at times that are not designated sleep times so when he pitches a fit and I send him to his room he gets in his bed and rocks.? Evidently he cried so much and rocked that he fell asleep.? Of course I cannot confirm the actual rocking since I didn’t watch.? It is just my assumption.? In any case he fell asleep.? At 11:40 a.m.? Without lunch.? Curtains and door wide open.
So my question becomes, do I let him sleep or wake him up.? I called the trusty husband and we both agreed to let him sleep, but I’ve never come across this situation.? Odds are that if I woke him up he would never take a nap later in the day.? That would suck.? But the crapshoot becomes how long will he sleep without lunch.
What would you have done?