I absolutely LOVE that I am able to be my own boss and work from home every day, but it doesn't come without challenges. Especially when my daughter doesn't take consistent naps every day.
I have been struggling so much lately between being decent at lots of things but not EXCEPTIONAL at a single one. I feel like sometimes I have my hands in too many things at once and it gets a bit overwhelming. For starters, I don't know how to get Stella on a consistent nap schedule. Frankly, the girl has a mind of her own. If she is not tired, she will wail and wail and never go to sleep. In fact, she gets SO worked up that she starts coughing and it takes me awhile to settle her back down. I have tried cry it out and it just doesn't seem to really work for her- It makes her MORE angry and MORE awake. The approach I've taken is to wait for her cues- to rub her eyes - and then I put her down and she goes right to sleep. The tough part about this is that some days she will take little cat naps on and off all day and on other days she will sleep for 2.5 hours!!! SO as far as planning my work schedule around her, I just have to wing it and for a Type A girl like myself, it is really difficult. I don't want to feel like I am working on and off all day long. I would much rather have a set 2-4 hours (during her naps) that I can count on to plug in and knock stuff out.
I am really struggling because when she is awake I want to be engaged and involved, but not knowing how many or how long her naps are going to be that day, I find myself doing work while she swings or plays by herself. I have looked into mother's day out programs but they were either already full for the year OR she is too little. Seem strange that daycare can start at 6 weeks old but mother's day out they have to be 1!
Does anyone have advice on "nap training" that doesn't involve crying it out? Or maybe a way to "cry it out" without her coughing and hyperventilating because she is so angry?