Sunday, 28 November 2010

Week 18: zzzzzz

What has mostly been on my mind this week? Same thing that has been on my mind every week since the little darling was born... sleep.

When I was going off on maternity leave all these people kept telling me to get in as much sleep as I could before the baby arrived. Yeah right, I thought, how much sleep do you think I am getting? Does a woman whose proportions rival those of the blue whale really stand to get much comfortable sleep in even the largest of king sized beds? They were all fools.

Now however, I understand their wisdom.

Don’t get me wrong, I was aware of the forthcoming sleep deprivation. I know all the stuff about ‘I haven’t had a good sleep since I had my first, and that was 15 years ago’, I just didn’t rate the reality of it.

I should have bred 10 years ago. When I was at uni, I could survive on three hours a night, and not only that, but I could think straight too - I have my dissertation to prove it. Not only did I produce that in a seriously sleep deprived state but I was hungover to boot. Every day of uni. Now, I don’t have the hangover, and I am finding it hard to string a sentence together, let alone a 10,000 word essay on Renaissance Drama.

What I don’t get is how come she isn’t tired? If I am, she must be too, because when she sleeps, I sleep. And why, when offered a nap, when I am walking her round and around our village, does she refuse? What I wouldn’t give for a huge adult sized push chair and someone to promenade with me whilst I snooze.

I am assured that one day she will sleep through the night and I won’t have to follow her to university to rock her back to sleep when she rouses in the wee small hours. And that one day, I too can have a night where I go to sleep in the evening and wake up when my alarm goes off. What a revelation.

Until then, at least I can practice. So I should probably stop blogging, and start snoozing, before my little wake up call starts up once more.
The Mummatron
ps. No Granny Bloggings this week :( Not sure what she is up to... Maybe catching up on the sleep she lost when we were last staying!


  1. Don't you wish you could bank sleep? Hope you get some v soon :)
    What did you do at Uni, I did Drama and English, wondered if you were similar after the the Renaissance drama reference?

  2. I really don't miss those days. Now I'm a teacher though I wake up in the night worrying about OTHER PEOPLE'S kids. You can't win.

  3. I really feel your pain, in fact I've just recently blogged about sleep (although might be best not to read it as my little one is older and it might not cheer you up!) I've just changed the way we put him to bed and had the first full nights sleep in months!

    oh, love the thought of an adult size pushchair!

  4. According to your about me, you live on my blog! :-P

    I have all the sleep deprivation to look forward to in a couple of months. Hopefully I'll be able to make up for it with an afternoon nap :-)


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