Those of you who have been reading for a while will know I did not birth sleepers. The boys were slightly better and now that Cameron is a teen, he has discovered the joy of sleeping. My girls, however, they have no time for sleep. We have never co-slept, we have tried it but no one sleeps so my kids have always slept in their own beds (for the most part). Even though Emma wakes every now and then, we haven’t really had major issues until the last few weeks and now I ask myself daily if I will every sleep through the night ever again.
Jack, who normally sleeps just fine, has started waking up, insisting he is scared. The reasons are always different and it doesn’t matter that Cameron is in the room with him. He ends up on the floor next to my bed. It’s a quick process to get him from his room to ours but it is still a break in my sleep and I am not one of those people who put their head on the pillow and fall asleep.
Emma has also taken to coming through to our room and in the haze, that is the middle of the night it is just easier to put her in bed with us which never ends well. She rolls around for ages before she finds a spot to lie on. She needs certain pillows, some nights she wants my pillow, some nights her own pillow. It is never just, get in our bed and sleep! She will not under any circumstances sleep on the floor next to our bed, she has been very clear about that!
There were a few nights we had both of them in our bed. We do not have a fancy pants royal king size extra length can sleep 10 people size bed! So, 4 people on our bed means no one (except my husband) sleeps properly.
Emma is 3, Jack is 5 should we not all be sleeping through by now? I have walked enough passages at 2 in the morning trying to get babies back to sleep. I have bribed and cajoled and begged enough toddlers to PLEASE just sleep. I have tried every method known to parents and some that I shall not mention to get over tired babies to close their eyes and sleep. I feel like I have done my time and should, by now, be able to sleep through the night!
Cameron is 15 this year which means in about 2/3 years I am going to start lying awake waiting for him to get home in piece and then it will be Kiara’s turn so really, I only have the next few years to get some proper sleep before the next season starts but my kids seem to have other plans for me. I know there are moms who say “You just get used to no sleep and learn how to function.” Maybe that is true but I do not want to get use to functioning on no sleep. I want to sleep! I just want to sleep!
Who else is dealing with middle of the night wake ups?
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