Sleepless in Marina


This post contains some vivid imagery, if you are at all like me, and think in pictures, I would suggest that you read no further. The author cannot and will not be held responsible for any therapy that you may need as a result of this post.*

This has been a week from hell in the sleeping department.  Somewhere during last weekend, my toddler has been replaced with someone else’s.  Can’t be mine, mine slept like an angel.

DH goes away every month for a week for work, he has done this since T’s birth, so there is nothing new, he has always taken it in his stride, and although I try to lessen the impact by spending extra quality time, this week it is simply not doing the trick.

He has been waking every night, without fail, at 2:00.  Not with the usual gurgling laughter and smiles, but with big crocodile tears and loud wails. He won’t take his bottle, dummy or even his beloved bunny (although Bunny’s shares have dropped decidedly since he donned some clothes-Gotta love Build a Bear).  The only way he calms down is by putting him in bed with me, which has left me with very little sleep as sharing a bed with him is the equivalent of sharing a bed with a hyperactive octopus or similar.

<I honestly don’t know how the co-sleeping parents do it, I am as ratty as a bear with toothache and it is been nary a week, I cannot imagine that this should be a permanent arrangement (apart from the fact of course that sharing a bed is as good as taking birth control-definitely not high on the list when TTC).>

Last night things got pretty out of hand.  He would not stop screaming, even when he was in the bed with me.  I was not even allowed to turn or move an inch.  As Murphy would have it that was about the same time that I had to go to the little girls room with the mother of all pee’s and there was just no getting up out of bed. Eventually, by the time that it felt I was about to spontaneously combust it seemed that he had finally fallen asleep.

I had barely gotten to the bathroom when he jumped up out of bed and proceeded to run about the house, frantically looking for me, while screaming at the top of his little lungs.  After a week of this it is little wonder the neighbours won’t greet me anymore. Any the way, this little tirade culminated, with him sitting on my lap, while I was on the loo.

I was really trying very hard at that point to hang onto the last dregs of sleep while trying to wipe and not have a complete sense of humour failure.  Alas twenty minutes later his was snoring his sweet cheeks off and I, was counting sheep.

Needless to say I am feeling rather green around the gills today and all would be well served to steer clear of me, as I am very likely to bite.


4 thoughts on “Sleepless in Marina

  1. I know you probably don’t think it is very funny, but bwwahhahaha! I could so see T running around looking for you. And the whole sitting on the loo with them on your lap, yeah, been there and done that numerous times.

    Good luck with tonight!

  2. I also do not know how parents co-sleep. I have tried it with my kids, and it is exactly as you describe – Octopus on TIK in the bed with you.

    My daughter has also started doing this 2am wake-fests lately and you will find me leaning over her cot soothing her going “okay, go to sleep, okay go to sleep” – because I refuse to pick her up.

    Of course then I am freezing my ar*se off, and it is not comfy being bent over a cot in the wee hours of the morning.

    I have abandoned hope and tried to take her to bed with me – and it always ends in the same result – me exhausted, DH really annoyed as we have a “no kids in bed rule” and child also not having spelt much!

    Chick, I feel for you – on a total sleep deprivation level.

  3. I’m sorry, I should not be laughing, but this post is so funny! I read about a mom on a roadtrip with her 2 kids chose to wee in a nappy instead of stopping somewhere to wee and wake her kids.
    As if giving birth isn’t enough in the losing-your-dignity department.
    Have you tried melatonin? Apparently its OK to use with kids every now and then.

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