Naps are for losers, yo!
It started about a week ago when his nap shrank down from about 100-140 minutes to about 60-70 minutes. Ouch. That was miserable, though I had no idea what was to come. Now, I'd be happy with an hour, considering it's been 30, 40 minutes in between shrieks and howls. I have no idea what's causing this issue. He's still sleeping 12 hours at night and doesn't experience major bodily harm upon waking like he must during the day to produce these horrendous screams. Are his daydreams that scary?
So at least my mom is here to comfort him, especially when I'm quaking in fear that we're all losing the nap. That cannot happen. It will not stand.
But, the main tidbit that my mom offered this week is to stop asking my son so many damn questions. It's true! I never noticed but I give him all the authority in our relationship. Do you want to eat? Is the food good? Would you like some more? Is it time to go to sleep? Are you ready to brush your teeth? And on and on and on. And on.
She pointed out that I give him more agency than I give myself. It's such a simple concept, but I only realized the power play once my mom mentioned it. Also, I'm not exactly helping his language skillz by encouraging him to answer y/n to everything. By trying to engage him in conversation, I'm probably doing exactly the opposite. Strangely, I've noticed that he always answers "no" in a whisper and "yes" in a shout. That's a good thing? According to the gospel of my mama, instead of always asking him what he wants/needs/thinks, I should be telling him what's happening. Might as well pretend like I have some idea.