The Afternoon Nap

The afternoon nap.

I can’t even say that without palpitations.

It happened ten days ago. Handsome fell asleep on his bed in the late afternoon.

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To a parent of a child with autism, few things are scarier than a late afternoon nap. Yes, he sleeps with his feet positioned for toe-walking. Yes, we will be up all night. And yes, this could potentially mess up night time sleeping for weeks or even months.

When I posted this picture online, I got a few people to share in the dialog about some suggestions. Trust me when I say that we have been struggling with Handsome’s sleep for almost his entire life and we have tried everything under the sun. We finally reached “sleeping through the night” when he was about 7 YEARS old. And by sleeping through the night, I mean that he is able to consistently sleep anywhere from 5-8 hours.

I updated the picture later that same evening with his current status of hopping around in his dark bedroom and laughing maniacally. It was almost 10 pm. And just FYI, we still live on the 3rd floor apartment. {{sigh}}

So what have the past 10 days looked like? Has his sleep normalized or was it just a fluke thing? You be the judge…

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Another afternoon nap this week
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Trying to get comfortable for another afternoon nap

I’m happy to report that since the late afternoon nap, Handsome has been able to fall asleep around midnight and sleep until about 4 am. My husband half-heartedly jokes that he gets to take a nap everyday…between the hours of midnight and 4 am.

Aside from the sleeping being jacked up right now, Handsome is still loving these Aldi knock-off cookies. And as you can see, I’m still having fun with gifs.

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But, at least he’s calmed down to eating smaller sections of cookie at a time now.

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And, in case anyone was thinking I’ve slacked on furthering my studies, I’m still the reigning champ with the PhD in Poo. This little brown dog toy is seriously becoming a thorn in my flesh.

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So final thing tonight, we close on our house in a couple of days, so I’ll be busy with that for a little while. But I can’t wait to be back to let you know how moving a second time in 3 months with autism times two is going for us.

Thanks for hanging around and humoring me, our autism, and the little brown dog. 🙂


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