I knew when I was pregnant the first time round that sleepless nights were part and parcel of being a mummy.
I joked with friends and family as I’m sure every pregnant women does that getting comfortable and a full nights sleep when heavily pregnant is near impossible and its your body’s way of getting you ready for the sleepless nights when bubba arrives.
We had the usual sleepless nights and teething troubles etc with our eldest, we also spent the first year sharing a house with my brother and he isn’t the quietest of people bless him. And just after Olivia turned 1yr we moved to my husbands place for a few months (we weren’t married or officially living together at this point but that’s all another story!) and then found out we were expecting again so moved to a bigger place, our current house. So I added all of this upheaval and changes to her lack of sleeping, and then just as she did start to sleep through just before she turned 2yrs her baby sister arrived along with the crying in the night which then woke her.
She did settle into a good sleeping pattern but even these days as they share a room and Bethany (littlest) is now 19 months and teething on/off she is a screamer and wakes Olivia when it’s the high pitched variation (oh my days she has a good pair of lungs!)
And Bethany, well she has just never slept well. From waking every 2hrs from the start, I was so happy when I would get 4 straight hours!
We have tried EVERYTHING to get her to sleep through, she isn’t a good eater either and wakes during the night even now for a bottle. We have tried stopping this also and got her to the point of not screaming the house down for the milk but she still woke anyway and took even longer than usual to settle. And on one particularly bad night and tipping over the edge of sleep deprivation and desperately trying to not wake Olivia I caved and gave her milk again and she settled back to sleep fine and woke again 4/5 hours later ( usually wakes around 6am ish for the day) but this didn’t last after she recently had a bout of cold and coughing bugs.
Out recent thing was moving the girls beds away from each other just incase they were some how keeping each other awake with snoring or something (we are desperate!!) actually having said that the most recent recent thing is The gro company’s “Ollie the owl” with his built in cry sensor, he wakes her up more when he goes off so had the total opposite affect! (Send help!)
So here we are with our 2nd at 19 months and still sleep deprived, at the point now where we think we are doing/did something wrong. I would list the things we have tried but it’s a ridiculous amount as we have done everything (inc give up our own room for a week and slept on sofas downstairs so they had separate rooms, this also did NOT work)
We know in 10 yrs time they won’t want to share mum and dads bed and will be hard to wake up in the mornings for school. So we focus on the knowing this isn’t forever and laugh as we will miss them sharing our bed and wanting sleepy cuddles with mumma and dadda. But when u are beyond exhausted and wonder when u will ever sleep a full night in your own bed it can be hard to be “up beat” about it all.
So I will sign off here and head up to bed knowing as soon as my head hits the pillow I will hear a cry and go to my beautiful baby girl and in the morning I will reach for my trusty friends, under eye concealer and a large cup of tea.
Do your little ones sleep through? Did you have any tricks or were they just good sleepers from the off? I’d love to know!