Every night before I go to bed, I tiptoe into Madeleine’s room, wade through pink clothes, stuffed animals and little books (she insists on having them in her bed and then throws them out) and give her a little kiss on the nose while she’s sleeping. She wiggles it like a little rabbit.
I sneak out again and nip into Elliot’s room to do the same to him, although I need to perform some acrobatics to reach him over the side of his cot. He sleeps on his hands with his little bum up in the air, face firmly pressed into the cot. Relax - it’s one of those fancy coir baby mattresses the guy from John Lewis insisted we should have. I usually just manage to brush a bit of his tufty blond hair with my lips before losing my balance.
There is nothing so wonderful as a sleeping baby. Even on days when I’ve been at my wits end and have really struggled to make it through the day without actually murdering anyone, once they’re asleep I just totally fall in love with them again.
Too bad they’re so rubbish at it.
The past few weeks have been an absolute nightmare. Madeleine has only been potty trained since August, so she is up a couple of times in the night needing a pee. Nothing like being jolted out of deep sleep by a toddler shouting “I NEEDS A WEE!!!”. Meanwhile Elliot is sprouting some little teeth and spends half the night groaning miserably wanting his mummy. Poor little guy. I would feel sorry for them, but I’m too exhausted.
I spend all day being the grumpiest woman on the planet. I’m short tempered. My parenting skills are questionable. And I certainly don’t see the humour in Madeleine stretching pink pants onto Elliot’s head singing “Pants on your head when you’ve gone crazy!”.
I have photos to prove Madeleine can sleep, so I know I wasn’t imagining it, but how do I find my way back to a good night’s sleep??
To celebrate Ready For Bed Week 2009 and the launch of my blog, I’m inviting you all to send me (janis [at] reallykidfriendly [dot] com) your grumpy morning anecdotes, your sleep solutions and the funniest sleeping photos you can come up with. I’ll post my favourites here.
In the meantime, don’t forget to read this blog about Ready For Bed Week. It’s an incredibly important cause, and there are some great reward charts for you to download too.