I have said many times that I have no idea what I would do when the boys dropped their nap and that I would only let it go from my cold dead hands. So it should come as a great surprise to everyone that we decided to force the boys to NOT nap this weekend.
For the last month, we have been on this downward spiral of later and later bedtimes. Or rather, sleeptimes. We still put the boys to bed at 8PM but they consistently go in and out of their rooms EVERY NIGHT after 8. Sometimes until 9. Sometimes until 10. Sometimes after 10. This was making the parents extraordinarily cranky. They weren't just doing the normal bedtime stalling. This was out of control. One night I caught Nate in Alex's room showing Alex his puppy's outfit. This would be fine except Alex was dead asleep and Nate was shaking him, trying to wake him.
That is when we had to admit they are ready to stop napping. We decided to test this theory over the weekend. Instead of naptime, we told the boys it was quiet time and they could take toys into their rooms. We cut back the time they were in their rooms and made sure they did not sleep. Sure enough, when bedtime rolled around, not a single peep was heard after 8PM.
Sunday we again did not let them nap, and again we did not hear a peep after 8PM. They were considerably cranky in the afternoon, but I had so much more patience dealing with their tiredness knowing I would get a break at 8 PM.
I was unable to sleep last night, thinking about this last big sleep transition for my boys. I was up for a long time, wondering how the time had gone so quickly.