At about 4:30 this afternoon Nicholas, who has been battling a bad cold for the past four days and is still fatigued from our long road trip, unexpectedly put his head down on the living room carpet and went to sleep. From past experience with these late-afternoon naps of his, I realized that there was no point even trying to wake him until he'd had at least an hour, so I took the baby downstairs for a while. At 5:30 I tried to wake Nicholas up several times, with little success, until I bribed him up with the promise of chocolate. He wandered into the kitchen, ate the chocolate, then turned straight around and went back to the couch to lie down again. I tried a second time with some more chocolate -- he got up again -- and then offered him a drink of milk and some supper. But he only put his head down on the table beside his untouched plate and whimpered, "I can't. I have to sleep."
Obviously there was nothing for it but to let him crawl into bed and cover him up. Which I did. And he slept. He is still sleeping as I write. I don't try to wake him up now, I'm afraid he's going to be awake and hungry at 4:30 a.m. On the other hand, if I do succeed in waking him up now, he'll have had such a long nap that he probably won't go down to sleep again until after midnight.
What's a mother to do? *tears hair*