Darling, sleeping baby,
You know I love your naps. You know what a bear you can be when I wake you and how weary I grow of chasing you throughout the house, fighting off your “help” with folding the laundry, and pulling marbles from your mouth. I love your nap.
But I love your bedtime too. I love it when you go to sleep early enough to allow me some down time with your daddy before we both collapse in exhaustion at the end of our days. I don’t love spending that “quiet” time chasing you, doing the marble thing, and feeding you snacks and drinks while you take in some adult programming on the TV.
But you know I can’t bring myself to wake you from the loveliness of that afternoon nap when it extends beyond 4:00 pm. You know I’m a sucker for the peace and quiet, even if it will cost me dearly later on tonight.
And so you sleep.
See you for the late-night news, kiddo.