ramblings of a stressed-out mum

whingings, whining and general drivel.

Friday, February 18, 2005

The all-night party animal.

It used to be my three year old who was the party animal. We've had a breakthrough, she's now sleeping through! Wey-hey, woo-hoo,celebrations and restrained jubilations (don't want to wake any sleeping babes !) If I only had three children I would be now on seven, eight or the undiscovered realms of nine + hours sleep a night. But I have four kids. They like to follow the traditions lovingly set down by their older siblings. So my 20 month old toddler is now the night owl.

The nights are starting off more settled now. DD2 (3 years old) and DD3 (20 months) are off to bed about 7ish. They take to bed their warm wheatie teddies and are settled down after brushing their teeth (ok. chewing the toothbrushes, but it's still getting the toothpaste in their mouths? yes? ok then.) and asleep after about ten minutes.
So far so good.
The two older kids (9 and almost 12 - how did I get a 12 year old? omg!) slope off to bed. Dear husband falls asleep on the sofa. I rouse dear husband, tell him to go to bed.
I shake dear husband and tell him to go to bed.
I shake dear husband again and tell him to go to bed. Eventually he wakes enough to shamble up the stairs and collapse all over the bed.
So I have the lounge, the PC and the TV all to myself. Bliss.

And this is when dd3 wakes.
She knows. She must have a sixth sense that says mummy is chilling out...time to play.... MUUUUUUUMMMMMMMY!!!!! WOOO-HOOOOOOO, actually it sounds more like she has been abandoned and is never going to see hide nor hair of mummy again.
So I give her the dummy that has fallen out, has fallen all the way over to the other side of the room - and yes, I fall for this ruse over and over again. Just proving that those braincells that you lose in pregnancy never actually return. I lay her back down and slope off back downstairs.
All is peaceful.

Repeat the last few lines . And again.
Eventually I give up and go to bed - usually with her in tow. Big sap. Yes I know.

Well, not all nights are that bad and something positive has come from three years of sleep deprivation... I used to be unable to sleep anywhere but my familier bed. Now I can sleep on a clothesline

(but it would have to be a pretty wide clothesline... I never got back the pre-pregnancy body either :D )


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    felt so sorry that you hadn't had any comments. You write well, I larfed and larfed.

    Your 3 yr old sounds much more intelligent than mine. I won't even mention my two yr old...

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