Lately, I have fallen into a routine of taking a nap around midday, right when my little one is having her nap as well. This comes very naturally for someone who goes to bed late and rises early – by the time Shira is in bed for her nap, I feel more than ready to place my head on the pillow as well, sometimes after doing some odds and ends around the house. And when one is tired, there's nothing so natural and healthy as to simply rest when possible.
So, I suppose this is an answer to those of you who have been concerned about me not getting enough sleep. :o) When nights are short, I make up for it with an afternoon nap, which is very refreshing, especially during pregnancy - which does tend to leave me a bit more tired as usual. Resting in the middle of the day is far from being a waste of time – on the contrary, it prevents me from dragging my feet by evening, and in fact I'm able to accomplish so much more when I'm energized.
The thing is also that housework will always be there. I'm not saying this as an excuse to be lazy; to keep a home running smoothly, a good many things must be accomplished every day. There are always dishes to wash, laundry to hang out, meals to cook, seeds to plant, floors to sweep and various tasks, errands and projects to accomplish. Homemaking itself is an ongoing project, not something we are supposed to storm at and get done with. Around here, I don't think I ever say "my work is all done". It just isn't, and that's alright – and it's fine and good to sit back, rest and even daydream sometime in between. To enjoy the journey.
If you don't have time to actually sleep in the middle of the day, or if your little ones don't take regular naps, or if they nap during different times, even some down time without sleep at midday can be wonderful. A couple of days ago, we were out to do some errands until Shira was past her usual nap time, and by the time we got home she didn't feel remotely sleepy. So I just put her in her bed for some quiet play with her toys, while I recharged by curling up in bed with a book for a little while.
Photo credit: allposters.com. I have always loved how cats can curl up and nap whenever and wherever!