So today's been a great nap day for my poor napper! Half an hour morning nap, a solid two and half hours at lunchtime and then another half hour late afternoon. We've had a calm relaxing bedtime and lovely sleepy feed.
SO WHY THE HELL DID IT TAKE ME AN HOUR AND A HALF TO GET HER TO BED?!
AND WHY THE HELL, HAVING GONE TO BED IS SHE NOW AWAKE AGAIN HALF AN HOUR LATER?!!
Can you just feel my pain please [halloween despair emoticon]
I love my overindulgent cuddles, the cuddles are harder to enjoy when you're starving because you haven't had a chance to make dinner yet. I'm normally alright with going with the flow, but tonight I just need a rant!
Will she go in a sling? Being hungry is hard. I used to find that with dc1. I would get dehydrated from being unable to make a cup of tea sometimes. Nowadays I don't even know what's different, but the other 3 CDs have to be fed, so dinner gets made. Sometimes with dc4 in a sling or whatever.
No need to be upstairs in a darkened room if she's not ready to sleep. Take her down with you while you call for a pizza !
It won't go on forever and you are doing a great job. Try to enjoy the cuddles and remember to take loads of photos.
Hope you get some rest tonight.
Ps if you've not already read it then "what mothers do" by Naomi Stadlen is a very reassuring book
Thanks - I'll try the sling if we have the same thing tonight. Guess I've just got used to having evenings to myself again as although she's not great with all other aspects of sleep, from 8 weeks she's amazingly gone into this great bedtime routine and I can normally get a reliable 3-4 hours of sleep out of her in the early evening.
We've had a bit of a disrupted week, with a night in A&E for her on Monday and then me up all night vomiting on Tuesday, so maybe she's just a bit thrown. Fingers crossed for a return to normal next week - I know they'll do what they'll do, but I also know she needs that sleep and she gets to a point where she just can't sleep anymore because she's so tired, so although I don't want to do battle, I also feel the best thing would to try to keep this bedtime if we can!