Owen has been on a fairly predictable schedule since he was about two weeks old. Sure, it has changed as he has gotten older and it does vary a fair amount. For example, some days he is desperate for his morning nap 90 minutes after he gets up and some days I have to force him down after three hours. Some days he sleeps for 30 minutes, some days (although not bloody often) he sleeps two hours. Some days this is just fine, and some days it is a royal pain in the ass. But for the most part, I can guess when he'll be sleeping and when he'll be up and can plan our days to avoid most exhaustion or starvation induced melt-downs.
However, Mia starts preschool next week, and with our various other activities, it means that Owen's schedule is about to be trashed. Two days a week we drop Mia off at 9:00 and Owen can't nap until after that. One day a week we have a program at 10:00 and Owen needs to be up by 9:30 at the absolute latest. One day a week Mia and I have somewhere to be at 9:00 so Owen needs to be napping by 8:30 or deal with a Daddy-directed nap, which is Not Popular.
I am a big believer in schedules for older babies and I feel bad that I am going to do this to him, but there isn't another option. Have any of you had any success running two different schedules that vary by an hour or more? I would love to hear your tips.