Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Sleep Glorious Sleep

My husband regularly goes to bed late. I always have good intentions to get tucked up early but it rarely happens. Last night went thus: fell into a profound, blissful sleep at 12.30am. Cries and wails awoke me at 3.30am. It was Stand-in Prince: "SiP" whose sleep patterns have always been wonky to say the very least. (Last year I almost lost my marbles due to lack of sleep so daddykins took over SiP wake-up duty.) Daddykins got up to get him. I know this because I hid under my bedcovers until everything went quiet. Coward that I am. (Daddykins, is in exile, until we get his Flintstone-like snoring sorted out.) 5 minutes later I heard more wailing and cries of "mum, mum" so I crawled out of bed, listened in the hallway...heard nothing but golden silence so I gratefully dived under the duvet.

4am Princess got up and crashed in (boys go to boys, girls go to girls...seems to be the pattern) with a "tummy pain". I honourably gave her one of my hot water bottles and got her back into her bed. I crossed myself and my fingers. "Please, please, go back to sleep" I muttered under my breath.

4.30am Daddykins and SiP came in. SiP needed me I was informed. Daddykins fled silently to his own warm bed. SiP fidgeted for half an hour. Got up to warm up some milk. He slept. 30minutes later Princess jumps on the bed, bouncing and announcing "tummy pain, tummy pain" joyfully. SiP woke up. And so the table tennis-like night continued until both parents got up feeling like the Titanic had fallen on them. Please, pretty please, can anyone let me know when we get to have normal nights again? I need to know and very soon!

10 comments:

Sandi McBride said...

I don't know hon, I think I started sleeping through the night again along about 9th grade (14 years old for older boy) and then of course it all starts over again once they get their drivers licence because will they call if they're going to be late??? Well look at it this way, when we've passed over we'll get all the sleep we need!
Sandi

(Very) Lost in France said...

Aaaaaarrrrrgggghhhhhh! Horrible, horrible memories. I'm still trying to catch up the 5 years of sleep I lost. You need my Mum. She sorted mine out within days. Don't worry, it'll only last another 10 years or so! VLiF

Kari & Kijsa said...

Here's hoping for a fabulous night's sleep this evening!!

blessings,
kari & kijsa

family affairs said...

Hmmm not sure - as Sandi said, there must have been a moment there when I got some sleep but now my 15 year old comes in late or stays up with his friends....still, as Robbie Williams said "you can sleep when your dead" (or maybe that was someone else) Lx

Lindsay said...

Did I read it right - hot water bottles - at this time of year? Or did you wearily slip downstairs and fill up hot water bottle for Princess?

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Hi Sandi and family affairs...agree with your comments. Amazingly we all got a good night's sleep last night probably because we were all pollaxed!

Hi VLIF...send your mum over here asap!
Hi kari & kijsa - your prayers obviously worked (please keep praying!)

Hi Lindsay...I'm a bit like princess and the pea...two hot water bottles and 3 duvets!!! (I blame the thyroid or otherwise subconsciously I'm acting out Princess's fairy tales...)

The Esk said...

Lovely post!

My oldest did not sleep through the night until a week before her 3rd birthday! Unfortunately the 1st night she slept through I was in hospital for the birth of no.2 - fortunately he slept through after 18 months

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Hi..the esk. Aagh! That sounds horrendous (The non-sleeping, I mean, not your children)...SiP is finally getting the hang of things and only waking up once a night now. Diver Dad is permanently on call as I just get too crabby. (Yes, I know I am completely and utterly spoilt.) He says that he can handle it better (the lack of sleep) and he's absolutely right. As he always is!

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Hi again...the esk...just tried to check out your blog and there's nothing there in cyberspace. Ever fancied it? Writing I mean...

Hadriana's Treasures said...

The esk...it (your profile) says you are male. The way you wrote your comment you sounded female...but having said that...reading it again you could be male! Hmmm. You've definitely got me thinking now.