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Mum Life: Why I’m So Tired

March 15, 2016
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When I became a mum, the standard answer to the question “How are you?” meant one thing, and one thing only. “Tired” That became boring after, ooh, three years or so, and so I started to diversify my answers. “Great! Still not sleeping through the night!”, or “Fabulous! As soon as she stops waking at 5am…”. The sleep, oh the sleep, it’s always about the sleep. Recently, to my surprise, the children have actually started to sleep. I KNOW. From…

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Getting More Sleep

November 30, 2015
Getting more sleep

I’ve long bemoaned the fact that I don’t get enough sleep. It’s only within the last 4 months that both my children have started sleeping through the night (it’s horrifying this has taken so long) and they are early risers, too: Elfie was up at 5.45am this morning. Heavy sigh. Generally the only times I regret getting divorced are when I miss having another parent in the house to shoulder 50% of the night wake-ups and early mornings. If you…

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If You’ve Just Had Eight Hours Sleep I Don’t Want To Know

March 26, 2015
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My kids aren’t sleeping. Not at all. Which means I’m not sleeping, either. If you don’t like reading about how shit not sleeping makes you feel then look away now, this is not the blog for you. Come back tomorrow when I’ll be talking about sunnier things like food or interiors or divorce ;) The not sleeping is ironic perhaps, after all my grand promises on Monday to make changes to my bedtime and morning routines with vows to finally…

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How To Become A Morning Person

March 23, 2015
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There aren’t many things I would change about myself A slightly smaller nose, maybe? A speedier metabolism, or hair that isn’t quite so unruly, perhaps? NO. One thing I have always been unhappy with is the struggle I face each and every morning to get out of bed. I am not, nor have I ever been, a morning person. Waking up is literally the worst part of my day and I’d do anything to make it easier to get up…

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Should Children Share A Bedroom?

March 17, 2015
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When I moved house almost two years ago post-separation I got a bit sniffy about downsizing my home. This was in the days when I believed that the size of your house was directly relevant to your happiness, you understand, and not because I was a massive insufferable snob back then (HONEST). But I’d been spending the last few years in a four bedroomed house and I literally did not know how my life would adapt to two bedrooms. HAHAH. I’m…

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The Golden Hour

April 22, 2014
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Every single night at about 11pm I tiptoe quietly into the bedroom next to mine. I go to Hux first, who is always lying on his tummy, with his nose snuggled into his favourite smelly old muslin cloth. He has a little boy bed head and I bend down to sniff it and kiss his lovely little ears. 50% of the time his head will make it onto the pillow but the rest of the time he’ll be awkwardly sprawled…

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Sleep Is For The Weak

November 27, 2013
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…or so the saying goes. Not as far as I’m concerned… I’m not weak and I still need as much sodding sleep as I can get; eight hours if possible. When I was mid-way through my bout of PND my mental health nurse spoke to me a lot about sleep. It’s my way of coping in bad times, and I always know something is wrong if I simply want to go to bed and go to sleep at every opportunity.…

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Elfie

Sleep

September 18, 2011
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Before I had a baby I never thought much about sleep as a commodity. It was something I loved to do (and would do as much as possible) but if I ended up at a party on a Wednesday night until 4am it was no big deal. I could sleep at the weekend, right? Oh, how I laugh at my poor naive selve. In the golden-sleep days I didn’t start work until 10am. 10AM! Living round the corner from work…

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Elfie

Sleep Regression

November 18, 2010

This post originally appeared at my old blog, www.the-alice.co.uk. My gorgeous, lovely, slept-through-the-night-since-six-weeks baby girl has become a nightmare. Last night she woke up at 3am for the day: in the last week we’ve had a couple of 5am-ers but that was the absolute worst. I’m guessing she’s sliding into the four month sleep regression stage? I’ll put this into context: before this week Elfie was happy to go down for the night at around 7, feed at 11 and…

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Elfie

Google It!

September 4, 2010

This post originally appeared in my old blog, www.the-alice.co.uk I have made my career in working with computers for a reason. Computers, and the internet, are predictable. You do A using method B and get the result of C. There are very rarely any problems, and if there are Google always has the answer. Parenting is totally different. If you do the bath, baby massage, book and quiet time it does not necessarily mean Elfie will sleep. More often than…

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Crybaby

August 22, 2010

This post originally appeared in my old blog, www.the-alice.co.uk I promise that I will no longer be that smug new mummy, the one who has the perfect baby who sleeps and eats when she should. I say this because Elfreda has been awake since 11am and is now completely overtired. It’s 9pm and she’s been screaming since 6 – I am writing this as her Dad has taken her out for a drive in a last-ditch attempt for sleep. The…

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