I was quite young when I had my first child, and naive. And lucky in hindsight. He came home, I put him in bed, and he slept. From 4 weeks he slept through the night, 6pm-6am. He was up all day, but I didn’t care.
So when I fell pregnant with baby 2 I thought I had this gig down pat. I had a girl. Took her home, and put her to bed. Except she didn’t like sleeping. At all. When she was 8 months old and I was pregnant with her sister I went to sleep school. They got her sleeping.
Until we got home, and the baby started waking her up. That baby didn’t sleep either. At 4 months I left them with dad and was put into hospital – except I was sharing a room with a poor soul who didn’t sleep or talk, so I was too scared to sleep. Another 2 visits to sleep school followed. By then they knew us by name.
Child 4 didn’t like sleeping either. And child 5 who is currently 8 months doesn’t rate it much. My track record isn’t very good – 4 out of 5 kids who didn’t/don’t like sleeping.
I’ve tried it all.
Cots, cradles, bamboo mattresses, co sleeping, lounge sleeping. Wraps, sleeping bags, towels, pillow cases. Dummies, no dummy. Feed to sleep, don’t. I’ve spent more on sleep items than I can admit.
As they get older they get a bit better, but one thing has remained constant.
They don’t like their own beds.
On an average night, there is 4-6 wake ups. Cold, hungry, feed baby, crying, nightmares, monsters under my bed. The list goes on. They crawl into bed with my husband – who I have escaped from to avoid the snoring. I will find them in with each other, on the lounge, in the bathroom, in the hallway and just about anywhere else there is a flat surface.
The beds we lovingly picked out have hardly got a dent in them.Sleep is for the weak, and in a house where it’s survival of the fittest, I’m losing.
We are off to sleep school again (for time number 45675) shortly, so wish me luck.
Applications to run the hotel while I’m away open soon.