My little girl was two weeks old yesterday. This means that the subject of sleep is pretty central in our household. Anyone who’s shared a house with a small baby knows that they are like Bagpuss. When Bagpuss wakes up, all his friends wake up. The first question anyone asks – after the boy/girl, name and weight questions – is always about sleep. Littlest S&S is very good about sleeping at night, so we’re not too shattered. But sleeping in the day? Not so much. Daytime is for eating. I have been trying all afternoon to get her down for a sleep so I could blog, but no dice. She fell asleep and I tucked her in her cot, and by the end of the second sentence she was awake and yelling. I’m typing this with her lying in front of the keyboard, stuffing her face. So yes, we’re sleeping more than most parents do two weeks in. But housework, knitting, typing, writing? Not so much.
I used to need a lot of sleep. I functioned best on 8 or 9 hours a night. Less than 7 hours’ sleep and I’d struggle. Less than 6 and I’d be a zombie. Then I had children and that all changed. In fact, it changed before the children arrived as I get terrible pregnancy insomnia. At first, the lack of sleep drove me insane. I remember wailing to my husband when my first was little that I felt like I hadn’t slept in years and that I’d never sleep again. But then the children slept more, and I slept less. I can function, just about, on 4 hours. On 6, I’m perky. On 8, I’m practically Superwoman. Not that 8 hours’ sleep happens that often – what with night terrors, bad dreams, wet beds and ‘It’s light so it must be day’ early morning alarm calls, there’s usually something. But it does mean that when it happens, it’s really appreciated. I absolutely revel in getting into bed, especially with clean sheets. And on the mornings when I get to go back to bed with a cup of tea and a book are utter bliss.
I shall leave you with a photo I took earlier in the week – these creatures have not had their sleep disturbed by the new arrival!
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