She's On A Roll
Perfect for all a child's napping needs, provided, of course, that you can get the kid to actually take the nap to begin with.
Michelle and Sharon hadn't left Alex with Ella alone for more than five seconds before Ella was pointing at the TV and demanding "Wunnerpets."
"No way," he told her. "You heard your mom. It's time to get ready for your nap."
Without lowering her finger, Ella spat her pacifier to the ground and squinted hard at her uncle. "No. Wunnerpets."
"Nah, kiddo. Maybe after your nap. Now why don't you come lie on your nap roll, huh? You can crawl under the fleece blanket, rest your head on the built-in pillow here, and Uncle Alex will read you a couple of chapters from the book he's reading. You'll like Hunter Thompson a lot more than those singing animals, I swear."
Ella scrunched her face up, plodded over to her grandmother's coffee table, took the TV remote from on top of it, and then walked over to Alex. "Wunnerpets," she said, handing it up to him. "Peas."
"No. Nap time first. Then, maybe if your mom and grandma aren't back, we'll watch some television and have a couple cookies. How's that?"
Ella's eyes opened wide. She dropped the remote to the floor and held out both her hands instead. "Coo-kie? Coo-kie?"
Alex immediately realized what he had done. "Uh, well, see, the cookies aren't here right now. There's this, um, Cookie Fairy who brings the cookies while you nap on a nice, colorful nap roll. But she won't come unless you sleep." Alex pointed to the clock on the wall. "And look! She's coming in like ten minutes! If you want cookies and Wonderpets and all that stuff, you gotta get in on the roll right now! Let's hurry, Ella!"
Ella looked at the clock. She looked at the nap roll. Then she craned her neck around her uncle to look at what was on the dining room table behind him. "Coo-kie?"
Alex turned around and saw the large bag of animal crackers Michelle had left before she'd left. He sighed. "Crap."
"Crap? Crap. Crap crap crap crap crap."
Alex shut his eyes hard. This was going to be a long afternoon.