When it's not "just a nap"

For the second day in a row, Josh has fallen asleep on the couch downstairs after having been up for a few hours already.  Why am I writing about this?  Why am I not busy running through a long list of things I could more easily do while he's sleeping?  What's the big deal about his taking a nap?

Good questions.  It IS a big deal though and I'll do my best to explain why. 

If it were Zach, I'd think, well, little dude has been up late because it's summer break and he's just not getting enough sleep.  Josh, even when he's had runs of not sleeping at night, rarely ever needs to make up for it with naps during the day.  In fact, so rarely I'd say he never does, but it has happened maybe a couple of times that I can think of in his almost 12 years.  So even with good reason, Josh doesn't and hasn't ever, napped under normal circumstances.

And there's the kicker.  "Normal" circumstances.  Far be it for me to refer to anything around here as "normal", so let's call it the status quo for Josh-world.  Josh is now napping for the second day in a row.  He was also fiercely grouchy this morning, I mean, really quite unpleasant, and I don't normally complain about his many moods.  So, this seemingly innocent occurrence has me in a tizzy.  Is he sick?  He doesn't have a fever, he's not throwing up, he doesn't "look" sick (both my kids get this glassy-eyed look when they are sick that is usually my first warning) and aside from the napping and the bad mood, nothing else seems off-kilter.  Even his mouth seems to be better.  It's just not something he does.  SO WHY IS IT HAPPENING?!

Yes, I'm dazed and confused, my toad has thrown me a curve-ball and instead of enjoying some rare free moments during the day while he's home, I am obsessing over it.  I can't help it.  You know, you get used to the way your kids are over the years and especially with a child like Josh, you learn to read them, you settle in to a comfort zone of sorts with your ability to handle what they throw at you (sometimes literally!), to predict and plan and problem solve before things get out of control. I don't know what to do with this one.

On top of why this is happening, I have the added anxiety over the results of this extra sleep - namely, I'm not likely going to be able to get him to sleep tonight until quite late.  Which of course throws off everything I usually need to do "after Josh is asleep".

The napping is new.  It's putting me off my game.  Which struck me as ironic and strange, so, here I am writing about it.