Tag Archives: Sleep

Growing Nicely

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I am a good bit over the halfway mark now in this pregnancy (if baby decides to come when it has been estimated to arrive).  Baby is doing well and growing as expected.  The vomiting has mostly stopped now hurrah!   I am so thankful, as it means that, this time, unlike with Miss E, I am able to feel excited about the baby inside instead of just wishing away the days until I could be done and feel well again.

I am also thankful that this time around we are able to get osteopathic treatment for my SPD so I can avoid ending up in various braces and walk without the support of crutches.   It has made such a difference to my life especially with needing to care for Miss E and ensure that she can still get to see her friends weekly.

My latest issue is the fact that I am not sleeping well at all which is affecting my SVT some days.  I either can’t get to sleep due to baby having a party in my womb, my legs being agitated, my brain buzzing, heartburn etc, or I get woken up by something and then I cannot get back to sleep.  Exhaustion makes you do weird things like put items in cupboards that should be in the fridge or leave the oven on for hours after you have eaten what you had in there, and I have now officially banned myself from cooking rice until this baby is born as in the last week, I have burned it twice due to being so tired I’ve forgotten it’s even cooking, argh!  Oh the joys of the pregnancy journey 🙂

I really cannot believe how fast this pregnancy and year are flying by.  How did we get to April already?!?!  I have so much to cram into a very short space of time, like ensuring I take Miss E on a few special days out just the two of us now I am feeling somewhat better, getting our house on the market in the next 2 weeks and sold ASAP so we can get moving before baby arrives, and there are a few things I want to make for baby as well.  Time, please slow down for just a little while!

Off To A Great Start

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This week started really well.  Monday was bank holiday and I got 8 loads of laundry washed, dried and sorted.  That makes me one happy person!  I hate having laundry hanging round the house drying, so fantastic days like Monday are great.  Plus, nothing beats the smell of laundry that has been hung out to dry in the fresh air…bliss!  We also went car hunting as one of our cars has died.

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In the afternoon we had some fun in the sun at home.  More on that another day, but here’s a little photo.

 

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Yesterday (as it’s now after 3am on Wednesday) was a good day too.  We were up, breakfasted and washed and dressed by 7:30am.  In an hour and 15 minutes, I had vacuumed, mopped and cleaned the bathroom (the joys of my routine to keep me focused as, before, this could have taken all day).  Miss E went down for a nap again at 9am.  I finished up our Abel & Cole order for the week and did a bit of crocheting in the sunshine.  Miss E woke up at near 11am and we got ready to take the dogs for a walk.  They enjoyed that immensely and were so well behaved.  Usually, we have issues of them pulling quite  a bit in excitement.  Once home, Miss E had a snack and I prepared the sauce for the homemade pasta we were going to have later in the day.  Mr P had made the dough the night before, so I just had to run it through the machine.  I then set up an invitation to play outside.  We were supposed to do arty things and I was just going to set up some paper and crayons etc inside, but as the weather was so nice, we went outside to do “art”.  After she was done with that we read some stories outside too.

 

invitation to whisk up some soapy bubbles and do some mark making with water

invitation to whisk up some soapy bubbles and do some mark making with water

 

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concentrating so hard on her mark making, bless her

concentrating so hard on her mark making, bless her

 

After our lovely time in the sunshine, we came in and I made our pasta while Miss E took gerbil food out of its bag to place on the shelf above, which of course ended up all over my nicely vacuumed and mopped kitchen floor.  Thank goodness for two dogs who clear up pretty much all food stuff!  Miss E then had free play inside til it was her bathtime and bedtime.  So it all went pretty well, until about 3pm when I started to get the worst headache.  Since Friday I have had a sore chest which developed into the starts of a cough by Sunday and yesterday morning I woke up with a pretty bad chest and a cold as well.  That has now developed into the flu.  Poor Mr P had to go up into the loft to get the desk fan down as I was sweating away in bed.  I have since got up as I can hardly breathe lying down.  So I am sat aching and sweating and feeling generally miserable on the couch while blogging at 3:30am….that’s a first!  Miss E is also having some very unsettled sleep I can hear, so it looks like Wednesday is set to be a very low key day!

 

Sometimes, Mama Knows Best

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Hello Dear One,

You should know by now that I am not the kind of parent who forces you against your will.  I don’t set your bedtime…I allow you to set your own and with few exceptionssuch as teething and Wonder Weeks you have done a darn good job!  I don’t force you to go to other people be they family or otherwise who would like to have a cuddle with you.  I respect your wishes to remain with me if you want to and go to others when you want to and I respect your desire not to have people touching you when you don’t want or need that physical stimulus.  Others may be offended and often are, especially family, but your trust in me to believe in you and protect you and respect you means more to me than appeasing people.  I don’t take that forgranted.

There are a few occasions, however, when I need you to trust me in return to know what’s good for you.  You see, last night you were awake from 10pm right throughcrying and screaming and playing and at 10am you were still awake.  Awake, but oh so tired and grouchy.  You had hardly any energy to crawl around anymore and that frustrated you greatly.  I put you to bed for a nap despite your great protests because I knew it was the kindest thing I could do for you in the situation.  You were not happy with me for doing what I did but you did fall asleep, and I know your body needs to rest.  I know you will wake up happier and brighter and will be able to make it to bedtime like normal for having had a little sleep.

I am sorry you got cross with me.  I am sorry that I put you to bed when you didn’t want to, but on this occasion, Mummy knew best what you needed and, for your sake, followed through.  I hope you understand.

Love,

Mummy xxx

When your year doesn’t start off as you envisaged

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So far there have been no gym trips, walks, studies etc. Our 2013 has started off with a bit of sickness. My husband had the norovirus just before Christmas, and having managed to dodge various rounds of it, I finally came down with it on Monday…..typically the day my husband started back to work….and then our daughter.  So our 2013 has looked a bit more like a lot of sleeping, being sick, coughs, colds and lots of my mum’s homemade vegetable soup…..you just can’t beat a warm bowl of homemade soup when you’re feeling unwell.  It’s a good thing the year is 12 months long and there’s still time to reach those goals 🙂 The cleaning and the sorting can wait, for now me and my baby need to rest and share lots of cuddles. How has your 2013 started off?

Thankful For Small Mercies

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Last night was the first night in months where my daughter slept her normal 11 hours from going down.  It was so wonderful to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle another day this morning.  Thank you, Lord, for the gift of sleep and rest!

Another Great Reason for Babywearing

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We were invited to an evening wedding reception a while ago, and I had been kind of anxious as it was due to start right around the time my daughter normally starts getting cranky and wanting to be asleep.  I kept having visions of her screaming so loud the whole reception would be disrupted(she is REALLY loud).  Anyway, off we set for the reception and I took our latest wrap which the other mama sent to me with added sleepy dust (every time my little one’s in in she just drifts off to sleep).  I really shouldn’t have worried about how she would cope seeing as I had a wrap on hand.

We got there, and mingled around.  My daughter enjoyed meeting new people and checking out all the new sights.  When she started getting a bit restless, I found a nice quiet spot removed from all the noise and people to feed her as she’s very easily distracted from feeding by any noise or movement.  After she’d finished feeding, I took her and got her changed and wrapped her up and within 10 minutes she was fast asleep.  This left me with 2 free hands to enjoy the BBQ that was on offer, and as the reception was outside(if only I’d know I may have brought a long sleeved top to wear!!) it meant my little one was all snuggly warm up against me getting heat from me.

With the loud music and also the fireworks display, other babies and little children who were there in carseats or pushchairs woke up and were crying and needed to be settled all over again, but I covered my daughter’s ear with my hand to drown out as much noise as possible and she slept soundly through it all, not even waking up for the bangs of exploding fireworks!

The wrap was like her little home away from home.  A place where she was able to cuddle in and switch off from the very busy, unfamiliar environment and feel safe.  It meant we could get her to sleep at the time she was used to going to bed at, and still be able to be out and enjoying the wedding celebrations.  It gives us the freedom to go to such events without the fear of an overtired, screaming child who is needing her bedtime but is nowhere near her bed or has nowhere to get away from the overstimulation of sound etc.

Have I said how much I LOVE babywearing?! 😀