I’m not an early morning kind of person. I thrive on sleep and can’t live without it. I’m the kind of person who would have been happy with just one child if my first hadn’t slept through the night.
I am very lucky in the fact that I have been blessed with three beautiful children who sleep through the night from 8pm until 7am. Sometimes they will sneak in a 6:45 here and there but when that happens they tip toe into my bed room, give me a kiss and sneak back out again to snuggle under a blanket on the couch and watch cartoons until I wake up at 7am to make breakfast.
It’s an amazing arrangement that I will be forever grateful and will never ever take for granted. This magical rule is only broken by family road trips, appointments in town and super exciting adventures.
The only thing that gets me through the day is Violet’s nap time. By 11am she is starting to get grumpy and unbearable. She knows the signs and she will often try to stretch it out until 12 and that’s when I end up finding her slumped around the corner of the couch crashed out on the floor. She is pretty good at giving in to what she knows her body needs. Sleep!
So every (week) day at 11am we find her dummy, make her a bottle and she runs down the hall and jumps into bed. Over time we’ve nailed down a pretty good routine that works for both of us so we tend to stick with it. Nap time always takes place in my bed and I must stay with her until she falls asleep. As soon as she finds her spot on the middle pillow she takes the bottle and once the milk starts flowing it’s like a magic power comes over her and she is instantly asleep.
Two things usually happen for me.. 1) I turn my back and use this time to browse online and catch up on e-mails. 2) I am over come by the comfyness of my bed and I fall asleep too. It’s not a bad arrangement, not at all.
Violet sleeps in the funniest positions so a photo is usually posted on instagram for babymac and all the clucky mother birds out there.
After that if I’m not asleep I’ll go about my daily chores in peace or sit and eat lunch without having to fight for the best bits.
Sleep really is a magical thing. So tell me how is your relationship with sleep?