Just like Thanksgiving, my daughter did not sleep on the trip back home. She did, eventually, with a lot of frustration and hard work, take an okay nap on the drive home.
I don’t mind the “being awake in the car” part of not napping during the drive. My daughter is a lot easier to entertain (both actively and passively) than she used to be. She even recieved some decent Christmas gifts which help her self-entertain (more on the loot in another post).
The part I don’t like is the crabbiness later in the night, the difficulty getting to sleep when it is bedtime, and the waking up several times during the night that the missed nap leads to.
This has led me to institute a new rule with our parents (and friends, as well, thought hey have not been told yet) — they are no longer allowed to tell us stories about, “how [us] kids used to fall right to sleep once we got in the car.”
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go get some more coffee.