Replanning Your Day When Naps Throw You Off

I fell like it never fails. I plan my day to a T. I know everything I have to do and when it needs to be done. I’ve set the schedule and I wake up ready to conquer the day. 

First errand done and I buckle the baby back in for the next one. Get to the second stop and BAM. 

She’s asleep. Like why? 

Because God knows I’m not waking her up and now I’m completely off schedule. 

This kills me. 

I’m so type A. A schedule lover at heart. But I know her needs are always my first priority; however, I always feel slightly defeated when I can’t finish my to do list. 

But you know what I have learned? I’ve learned to improvise. I’ve learned to swap things around on my schedule. Just to relax and roll with it. 

Who could have known that you could accomplish so much from your car? So as soon as I see she’s asleep and my plan is thrown off, I automatically break out my fall back plan.

Here are a few things you can do to maximize your time when all you can do is drive while they sleep. 

Meditate or Jam Out 

Whatever you’re feeling for the day. As moms, we vary rarely find time to listen to our own music. Find your favorite jam and let your mind relax. Sing along to something other than cartoon theme songs as you drive. Or take the time to be quiet which is another sought after mom moment. Drive and allow your mind to wander and dream Both of these are great ways to relax. 

Find Some Shade 

If you’re lucky enough that your child will sleep in the car while it is not moving, then find yourself a shady spot and park. Maximize your time while your child sleeps by making a grocery list, balancing your checkbook online, taking a little time to text a friend back that you haven’t spoken to in a while, download a book to your reading app and just read. 

While it’s not the day you planned, it can alway be rescued and used to the best of your ability. I feel it is definitely a life lesson for me on how to deal when things don’t go my way and to make the best of it.

What do you do when your child naps unplanned in the car? 

Carlie is a divorced mom of five. She moved to Lafayette 22 years ago from a small town in-between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. She has four young adult children from her first marriage that ended after 19 years, Christopher, Cara, Clay and Cade. She has a one year old daughter, Poppy Mae with her significant other, Joey. She is a work-at-home mother who is a freelance writer and photographer/owner of Carlie Anne Collective. Organized chaos and tons of lists are her style. Carlie loves to workout, travel, visit with her friends, bike with Poppy Mae in their neighborhood, attend outdoor concerts, eat out at local restaurants, walk aimlessly through stores looking for good deals and swing in her hammock while chatting about her BST addiction with her online friends. She keeps an active Instagram account as a photo journal of her days.


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