Gregory, "Mommy, I don't know how to count. What are sheep?"
My son will sleep through the night (most of the time) thankfully. But naps? I'm lucky to get in 30 minutes for a nap time before he wakes up! You can't get a lot done in 30 minutes, believe me.
But I have found a way to sooth my son into sleep. If I can catch him before he fights sleep too much, I gently, with the softest touch, will use my middle finger and thumb to touch his fingers and toes. The reason I started doing this was because Gregory started to clinch his fists in his sleep and that bothered me. So, I used my hands to slowly open his hands and soothed him with the touch. Now, he will actually hold out his hand for me to touch with the hand open! I have to say that makes my day. The next pictures aren't the best, as the room was dark.
But still.... it's only 30 minutes.... the ONLY way I can get Gregory to sleep longer is if he is sleeping next to me or on me. And sometimes that happens, because I think of it as special time too.
But even when he sleeps next to me, he will jolt awake after 30 minutes. If I put my hand lightly on his chest, he will open his eyes for a brief moment, look at me and go back to sleep, as if thinking, "This is OK, Mommy is here."