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The honest Guide to Sleeping

Wednesday, 8 August 2018  | 

The Honest Guide to Sleeping

Having been up at 4am this last couple of mornings it was easy choosing what to write about this week.

Sleep.

Similarly to sex, what is sleep? Can you remember it? That thing you did at night time, when it was dark outside?

Il be honest, Lily is a good sleeper. Since she was about 15 weeks she’s been sleeping through the night. (Don’t stop reading!)

Let’s go back to the beginning.

When Lily was first born, because she was early, it was important that she fed every hour - which meant I literally got no sleep so it probably went hand in hand with how low I was feeling. We need our sleep. Mummy or not. Sleep is a must!

Fast forward to week 16 and Lily was sleeping through, finishing her last bottle about 8:30-9pm and going straight down! As parents, you can’t believe your luck when this happens more than once.

You think to yourself, ‘It wasn’t a one off! She’s sleeping through!’ You tend not to tell many of your fellow baby mummies - no one like a show off!

She’s continued sleeping through, she’s 7 months old soon. We still cross our fingers each night for a long peaceful sleep, because, as you know, babies just do what they want. If they want to be Loving Life at 3am, then they will and they’ll make sure the whole house knows it too!

You may remember this is supposed to be The Honest Guide to Sleeping, so why is it is all about Lily? Considering you’ll often hear, “when the baby sleeps, you sleep!” you can probably understand why!

For me, this wasn’t the case. When Lily slept, I’d go make a coffee, text a friend, watch TV.. my hubby always quoted the above but I rarely listened to him (sorry Tony!) Do what you feel is right for you and your body. And your mind! You’ll feel like you’re losing it if you don’t.

Nowadays, Lily’s last feed is around 7pm and fingers crossed, she’ll sleep till 7am, give or take. I am one of the lucky ones.

If I want an early night, once she’s settled in her room, I’ll sneak into my bed, and breath that little sigh we all do when we finally get to bed... ready to begin the madness the following day!

One thing to always remember, those sleepless nights won’t last. Your kids tend to move out, eventually...don’t they?

Hannah x

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