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Quiet Time

Wito has always been a good napper, and up until a few months ago, he was still snoozing for an hour or two every afternoon. Although I still believe he would be happy to nap on most afternoons, logistically it has become a little tricky. Wito and Wita share a bedroom, and although they sleep well together at night, their nap schedule doesn’t really jive. Compounded with the fact that the only other bedroom in the house happens to be the master which also houses my workspace, the boy doesn’t have a quiet, comfortable space to retire alone.

I still feel that a little downtime is good for him, so lately we’ve introduced Quiet Time from 2-3:30pm in my bed. While I’m putting Wita down for her nap, Wito fills his lanky preschool arms with all the books he can, runs into my bedroom and hops onto the big, fluffy bed, ready to read and daydream. After making sure baby Wita is off to dreamland, I quietly work across the room from Wito at my desk.

There is only one major rule in Quiet Time, and that is No Talking. As most of you know, Wito is a non-stop talker, so I really appreciate how hard he tries to suppress his urge to chat.

However, if I don’t have a pressing deadline looming, I let him cheat a tiny bit. I hop under the covers and we lie face-to-face, talking about everything under the sun.

Turns out my favorite part of Quiet Time isn’t quiet at all.

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  • Jen

    February 21, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    So sweet. Rowan is only 2 but we share similar “quiet” moments, too. He’s learned how to whisper, so if he wakes up super early, I’ll bring him into our bed and we lay face to face, whisper-talking until he gets sleepy again. If it weren’t for this happening at 4 a.m., I’d be make this a daily requirement!

  • Amy

    February 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    This is so lovely. What special time.

  • Ruth

    February 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    This is TOO cute. It makes me excited to become a mama someday :) So glad you can appreciate this special time with Wito!

  • Danielle (elleinadspir)

    February 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    That is exactly what we do, or try and do. I spend a lot of time reminding that it’s quiet time and that mommy needs to work. He works on books or magazines, plays with his tag reader, flips through flash cards…that kind of stuff. I guess it shouldn’t at all surprise me that Bonham and Wito do the same basic quiet time routine. The newest thing is now Bonham tells me that he’s not talking to me, he’s talking to himself. So I’m trying to learn to tune out…but I’m really wishing I could just get more quiet into the quiet time :)

  • am'ti b

    February 21, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    that is the best!

  • Tina

    February 21, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    This is SO sweet and I can see it in my very near future. Mine will be 4 next month and some days it’s a 2 hour nap while others bring no nap at all. I think it’s the end of an era.
    Folks told me when he turned 3 that he would be too squirmy to snuggle. SO not true. We snuggle and read. We snuggle and watch movies. I’m so glad he’s still so affectionate.
    Today at the library, he was trying his best to use his whisper voice. I think he lost me as he was shuffling through a book. I heard the little rapid clomp of his boots and whisper “Mama, Mama….Mama I can’t see you.”
    Great post! Adorable Wito as always.
    Best,
    Tina

  • Half Hearted Hippie

    February 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    This is almost painfully sweet. Those pictures are incredibly precious.

  • Mama in the City

    February 21, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    First off…how awesome that your baby is such a great night time sleeper! How do they work sharing a room? This will be something that happens in our home one day.

    I love ‘quiet time’. After I get home from a night shift, my little boy climbs into my bed and we read books and tell made up stories. Then he kisses me goodnight and off he goes for the day while I am fast asleep.

  • Natalie

    February 22, 2011 at 3:05 am

    How did Wito break his arm? I see a cast in one of the pics.

  • Gabriella

    February 22, 2011 at 6:00 am

    That last photo is so precious!

  • Torrie @ a place to share...

    February 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    One of my very favorite things to do with Hailey… Our chat time- under the covers, in our little fort :). (& not a fort that takes any time at all to assemble… or disassemble!)

  • MissMary

    February 22, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Oh how I loved those moments under the covers reading, giggling & cuddling! Enjoy every moment while you can, mine are all grown-up. I LOVE the pic of Wito with his little toes crossed while reading about climbing squirrel! Adorable!

  • Angella

    February 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    LOVE. (Love you both, too.)

  • zizi

    February 22, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    LOVE

  • Fabi

    February 23, 2011 at 9:22 am

    How adorable!!!!Beautiful pictures!!!
    Xoxo Cybelle & Fabi

    http://www.fromustwoyou.com/

  • Carrie

    February 23, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    this is kind of making me cry a little. wonderful! xo

  • Tricia Lee Miller

    February 24, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    your blog is so rad. your writing is stellar, your children are gorgeous, and you write with passion and vibrance. i’m new, but i’m in love with your blog. and i might take your idea of quiet time with my four-year old while bebeh sleeps….love it.