Whoever coined the term ‘sleep like a baby’ clearly never had a baby! We are going through a rocky patch at the moment with a sick, teething child who has now taken to napping during the day rather than the nice 2 long sleeps he normally would have! What the?! Please, little man, no!!! Any other mum who is often home with a child during the day will no doubt sympathise when I say that sleep times are the times that you can get stuff done! You can eat, shower, go to the toilet in peace, put the washing out on the line, bring the washing in from the line, tidy up or just.sit.down.for.a.second.of.peace! So when your child, or children, don’t follow their ‘regular’ routine (shhh, don’t say the ‘r’ word!!), you start to feel yourself going a little batty! Perhaps I was just batty before, in fact I’m sure those around me would definitely say that I was, but right now I feel particularly batty. I’m forgetting things, lots of things, and only seconds after I thought those things. And not in the baby brain way, but in the exasperated, I AM TIRED, I AM MENTALLY EXHAUSTED and SICK OF CRYING kind of way! I love my son, he is honestly the most adorable, loving, happy little dude, but on those days where you think that there are many more tears than laughter, it can really get you down. You wrack your brains trying to think of all the possible reasons why they might be so upset – hungry, thirsty, tired, hot, cold, wet nappy…what ever it is! So you go about trying to ‘fix’ it! But let’s face it, we all have those days where we got up on the wrong side of bed, so why should babies and children be any different?! That thought doesn’t help when your child is hysterical, throwing themselves backwards and narrowly missing the door frame, or arching their back as you try to console them in your arms! I know that I could be heard saying to my son once or twice ‘Mummy will sleep then and you can do the housework!’ I don’t know what the answer is to any of this, it’s just a phase and it won’t last for ever. It’s just a reflection of where we are at right now, we’re riding the highs and lows of parenthood!
Some other thoughts that I have on this: is Mr H ready to go to 1 sleep? I’ve tried this a few times, but he still only sleeps for an hour and is super grumpy in the afternoon, rubbing his eyes and yawning…so I don’t think that he is ready just yet. I also use The Wonder Weeks app (and have the eBook as well) but right now it’s meant to be a sunny, happy stage…hmmmm!!!! The sun ain’t shining in this house!!
We’ll just ride it out and get through one day at a time…with lots of coffee and chocolate (I must be desperate to go for the chocolate because I don’t normally eat it!) to go with it!
What are your tricks for keeping sane when you have these days with your little one(s)?! I’d love to hear them!!