I’m so bloody tired!!!
So, you have a little person who consumes the love of your whole heart but that same little person is also taking up the hours you need for beauty sleep! And if you’re anything like me, it really was beauty sleep I needed!
One extra hour could have saved so many grey hairs!
On the odd occasions that my little one slept through the night (note, when we talk about sleeping through, it’s classed as eight hours which is NOT sleeping through in my book!), I actually felt like I was hungover! My body just wasn’t used to having sleep anymore.
So getting my 40 winks or lack of it quickly became the common topic of conversations and so much so, sometimes it was the only thing on mind!
The first thing that came out of my mouth was “how was your night?” If I was asked the question the response was standard. I’m so bloody tired! I said it so often that even I got sick of hearing it!
Because of this, I feel it right and proper to pass on to you the knowledge I have gained from mistakes made. I’m realistic, we could have done things differently but quite frankly, you do what you’ve got to do to get through the night! But by sharing these little nuggets of learning, I hope it will help one of you lovely mummies get a well earned nights sleep, preferably without the aid of wine!
- Sleep when your baby sleeps. I know, I know, you hear this all the time and I know some people find it hard to sleep in the day but it can be done. It was my saving grace and why not, you can’t nap in the day forever so take advantage of this time.
- Invest in an eye mask. I went for a posh memory foam one to make sure I wasn’t getting distracted by my phone charging or flashing. It also helps to ensure when you are asleep you get the good stuff more quickly.
- Try and put your little one down so they learn to soothe themselves to sleep. I wish I had done this with my little girl but as a first time mum and someone who had waited years to have a baby, I didn’t. I don’t regret the cuddles one bit but I can’t say we’re not suffering now!
- Make sure you partner does their bit. It’s not just your responsibility to do every night and every feed. Make sure you share the load.
- Fill them up with food! When babies start to wean from around six months, it’s a great opportunity to revisit your sleeping plan. Food often helps them to be more full up being in their own room (if you’ve chosen to move them) means less distractions so they fall into a good sleep pattern.
- Be aware of the sleep cycle. Babies normally sleep for around 40 minutes at a time. If your little one stirs after this time, try and see if you can leave them to settle themselves back to sleep. (I know it’s hard as they are so delicious and you want to kiss their face but it will pay dividends in the long run.)
Thank you for reading x