This isn't something new to us, this has been the after nap norm from when Finley was about 18 months old. He would have his morning or afternoon nap and the wake in the foulest mood ever! This also started to happen with Noah too.
Finley doesn't nap that often now that he is 4 but when he does go to sleep in the car or occasionally on the sofa after a terrible nights sleep he will wake up in such a grouch. Give the other Friday for example, we had spent the morning at a trampolining park and on our way home he fell asleep in the car. He would have been asleep for about 30 minutes at the most and when I woke him up as we had to go and get Noah from preschool he just flipped. He was crying, moaning and just generally a moody bum. This was his mood for the whole journey to and from preschool. He kept telling me off for making him walk and for us not going in the car, when in fact I was letting him scoot on his scooter.
But I was unable to prevent him from sleeping as we were in the car and I was driving, and I knew as soon as I looked in the rear view mirror the mood he would be in when I had to wake him up.
|The 'Oh crap' moment when you look in the rear view mirror|
If Finley falls asleep at home and we wake him up he will cry, and I mean inconsolable crying for a good 10 minutes with some added tantrums. This can be really frustrating because if we were to let him sleep and wake up on his own accord he would not go to bed well that night. But even waking up on his own he will be moody just without the crying. So it is a catch 22 situation.
The same happens with Noah but in a different way. He still has the occasional nap during the day being just 2 and a half. When he wakes up he doesn't want anything to do with anyone but me and his answer to everything is 'no'. This is pretty tricky when Finley just wants him to play and all he wants to do is cuddle up to me and not want anyone in his face, which Finley tends to do.
Popcorn and a film after preschool is always a bad move as this results in both falling asleep and me having to wake both up at the same time - now this is when I really wish it wasn't 4pm and that my husband was home so I could reach for the gin!! I know I shouldn't let them watch a film and chill with popcorn but it does mean I get some things done.
|The mid popcorn nap|
You would think after a nice little sleep and a rest that they would wake up refreshed and raring to go again. This mood normally goes on for a good half hour until all of a sudden they snap out of it and are happy and full of energy again.
This only seems to happen on the waking from a nap. When they wake up in the morning they are full of beans and pretty happy to have woken up, apart from the fact Noah only wants me for the first 5 minutes. This means it is always me having to put him on the toilet and get him milk or he will have a almighty melt down. Finley is pretty to have anyone that will talk to him and make his breakfast.
I do miss the old daily nap time when I knew the boys would sleep at set times so I could get stuff done, but I don't and will not miss the grouchy mood that they wake up in. Anyone else have the same after nap tantrums?