Sleeping is a big issue in our house. In fact, sleeping is a big issue for everyone. There are very few people in this world who can function normally with too little sleep. We can get by for a while, but eventually something has to crack.
Mr Moi does not function well without sleep. He often will need a nap both days of the weekend, or a sleep-in during the week to catch up. He needs to pay off his sleep debt quickly.
The impact of my lack of sleep is more of a sleeper (ha ha puntastic, no?). I will strut around claiming I am superwoman and I’m only surviving on four hours sleep, but my crash is messy. Oh boy is it messy. Tears, slamming doors, angry words. All of it.
Mr Moi and I, as a unit, are at our most vulnerable when we’re both sleep deprived. And with a baby in the house, that’s often.
So let’s move onto Sproglette’s sleep. She’s become a terrible sleeper since her sister arrived. She wakes in the middle of the night and comes into our room, either climbing into bed and kicking one of us out, or waking one of us up. We were driving ourselves absolutely CRAZY by marching her back to her room 50 times a night, until I realised that it was a stress we can do without. One day she will grow out of her crap sleep. In the meantime, I set up her little fold-out couch on the floor of our room every night, and she comes and nocturnally plonks herself on that, and we all sleep ’til 7am.
Well, kinda. I still get up to feed Harrie.
Now Harrie. When she was brand new, I fed and rocked her to sleep. I can’t be harsh to a new baby. They can’t make an overnight transition. We did a lot of settling in the Baby Bjorn. Lots of dancing around the living room to some funky music. But now – she’s seven months old. She’s pretty chilled out and I can definitely decipher whether she’s grizzling or really upset. So to settle her I: make sure she doesn’t get toooooo tired, then I plonk her in the cot. She grizzles, cries, then sucks her thumb to sleep. Usually takes about 5 minutes, sometimes up to 15 minutes.
I rocked one baby to sleep for 10 months. I don’t have the energy to do it again.
Sleep is incredibly important to prevent things like depression, anxiety and divorce. No jokes.
Tell me – how much sleep did you get last night?