Saturday, 8 December 2012

The miracle of sleep...

When I was pregnant I knew that once the baby was here I wouldn't get much sleep and that I would be tired. Little did I know I would feel like a walking zombie, "I'm too tired" would become a regular excuse and if someone offered me a full nights sleep on a bed of nails I would happily take them up on it!

I think that every mother will agree with me on this one, if you don't have a baby you've never been truly tired I can assure you (unless you're doing some sort of sponsored "no sleep for a week" or something). Some days I am that tired I contemplate sellotape just to keep my eyelids open and I almost weep with joy when I finally get into bed.

Anyway, as I've mentioned before Ava's not the best sleeper, in fact she's crap (no offence darling but you are!), I even bought a book to see if there were any tips on how I could get her to sleep- it was quite frankly rubbish and swiftly ended up on the car boot pile! In all honesty I am partly to blame here, when she was still a few weeks old, and me being the paranoid mother that I am I used to put her to sleep in her pram downstairs with us in case anything happened while she was upstairs in her moses basket alone (I mean god-forbid she could of jumped out of her moses basket, crawled down the stairs and been out of the cat-flap...you never know...), I also used to let her sleep on my chest A LOT (I actually used to love this and I'm quite gutted she's too big now) and last but not least we let her co-sleep (gasp of horror) that means we let her sleep in our bed. Not all night may I add but once she woke up I would plonk her in the middle and she'd go right to sleep.

BUT last night BREAKTHROUGH I had a full night's sleep *cue trumpets* (I did, poor Nath is on nights until Christmas eve so he was up at 2.30am, sorry dear) now when this happens, which is clearly not very often, I recap to the evening before and think about what happened that was different...well yesterday she had nursery until 2.30 (busy, busy) then Auntie Hayley picked her up and lavished her with playtime and attention (fun, fun) and she was up until quite late (8.30-9.00) so is this the secret formula?! I admit 8.30-9.00 bedtime is pretty late BUT if it works and we become a sleeping happy household I'm all for it!

I will try this again and see if it works, although to be honest I've probably jinxed it now! *sigh*

Can't sleep, won't sleep...
I win...
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7 comments

Renee C. said...

Yikes! I'm having flashbacks. Your little girl is sooooo cute! I co-slept with my little girl too and I wouldn't change it for the world. Hang in there Mama, sleep will come again! I'm visiting from the Make My Saturday Sweet Hop and I'm now following you via GFC, Twitter, and G+.

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Renee
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Harriet Jones said...

Thank you! I think I should make the most of co-sleeping whilst she still wants to sleep in our bed! They grow up too fast! I am also following your blog.
Harriet

Anonymous said...

As a mom of 5 kids, I can offer you this advice...do whatever makes her sleep so you can too! Late bedtime? Co-sleeping? Yes!

With my 2 youngest, we co-slept (I realized by then how fast they grow and wanted them to stay babies forever). They were the best sleeping ones of my bunch. You'll hear from naysayers, but trust me...they really do grow up so fast. Enjoy every moment. Preferably not as a zombie.

Thanks for linking up with the GtKY hop!

Harriet Jones said...

Thank you for the advice! Will definitely take it on board, I don't want her to grow up too fast!

Frugal in WV said...

I co-slept with both of my boys :) I also breast-fed so it was the easiest thing for night feedings. I have to have my sleep, or I get cranky! I saw your post on bloggy moms and following you on GFC now. I look forward to your future posts!

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Sarah said...

I remember those days! I don't think I slept more than 2 hours at a time (if that) for the first year! Heaven help the fools who ever said "I'm so tired" around me back in those days. You're right, I don't think anyone who's never had a non-sleeping baby can understand the horrors. Hope you've discovered the secret for your little one!

Christina Morley said...

You have a cute little girl. If you breastfed her, then that would add to the tiredness. Moms mustn't try to be supermoms and you must parent her in the way that you find is best for her. Like you said, the sleep book with it's rules was probably rubbish. No two babies are alike. I hope you're having more success with a sleep routine.

I'm following back on Google+ and have added Twitter and GFC too.

Thanks for linking last week on Make My Saturday Sweet. Hope you link again if you haven't already!

Tina - American mom raising 4 kids in South Africa
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