There’s plenty of time for sleep.

Henry exploring, checking Mummy is still following

‘You’re still there Mummy, yes?’

I know what you’re thinking… there’s no time for sleep. That’s why we’re all walking around with matchsticks propping our eyes open, delirious from a combination of multiple night wakings and a third coffee before 9am, but hear me out…

The past few weeks have been reminiscent of the newborn days in terms of how utterly exhausted I feel. Henry’s changed so much in the last few months with teething, weaning, becoming mobile, there’s no wonder he’s up in the night, he’s adjusting to life as he’s never experienced before, which must be overwhelming, and he wants to explore.

While I can’t pretend I’m not finding spending the night in and out of bed difficult, it has occurred to me that one day I’ll long to be needed by him in the same way he needs me now, to be the one he wants when he’s upset, for him to be happiest when he’s being cuddled to sleep and when he spends everyday learning something new right before my eyes.

Rather than wish away the days, I’m trying to embrace these moments, some of my favourites being:

  1. How he puts his hand in my mouth when he’s having a feed, he likes to flap my lips, he likes it when I suck his fingers and pretend to bite his little hand. I love to see his little mouth curl into a smile and take a break from sucking to let out a little giggle.
  2. When he cries* out in the night and breaks into a smile, immediately consoled by a cuddle from his Mama.
  3. How keen he is to be off, but how he’s always looking back to see if I’m still there, and how much he smiles when I ask him where he’s going.
  4. How singing ‘five little ducks’ (almost!) always remedies crankiness.
  5. When he’s exploring, gets a little carried away and smacks himself in the nose with one of his toys. He pauses, a little confused, then his bottom lip pops out* and he looks at me for a cuddle which obviously I’m always happy to oblige, and then he’s back on his way and I’m close behind.
  6. We go for a walk, but he’s eager to be as close to the action as possible so wants to be carried, making the it tougher on my arms than my legs. Obviously the only time he’s happy in the pushchair is the one time I remember the baby carrier….
  7. When he’s been dodging sleep all day, then when it all gets too much he falls asleep nestled into my neck.
  8. When he grabs my cheeks with his whole hands, smiles, then bites my chin.
  9. How hilarious he finds it to be thrown in the air, even better if we sing ‘The Grand Old Duke of York’ to him at the same time.
  10. How even when I’m at my tiredest, when I feel like I could sleep for a week and when I can feel myself becoming ratty, hearing his giggle or seeing him smile makes me feel a million times better.

So I’m embracing these moments, they’ll be over too quickly. There will always be time to sleep.

*Obviously I don’t like it when he cries,  I’m not a sicko, but it’s just nice to be able to make him feel better.

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  1. September 16, 2016 / 10:52 am

    Awww I think I needed to read this today. We’ve had a couple of weeks of rough nights and I am soooo grumpy. You’ve also reminded me to sing the Grand old duke to the baby 🙂 #pocolo

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      September 16, 2016 / 9:50 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment. It’s hard to embrace the lack of sleep all the time but I’m trying! x

  2. September 16, 2016 / 8:11 pm

    Aaaaw this is lovely! My little girl used to put her fingers in my mouth when I was feeding her too and then start smiling so she couldn’t feed. Thank you for reminding me about this – I’m sat remembering now! Both my girls love being thrown in the air too. It’s so important to try and just embrace every moment. #PoCoLo

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      September 16, 2016 / 9:48 pm

      Thank you Lucy! It’s sometimes hard to enjoy it when you’re so weary, but I know I’ll look back in the future and wish I could live these days again! x

  3. September 17, 2016 / 2:43 pm

    Aww! This is so sweet….Such lovely moments which made me smile. Enjoy them. They grow up so quickly x

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      September 19, 2016 / 6:50 pm

      Thank you! x

  4. September 18, 2016 / 7:45 am

    You’re right – these times are over too quickly. Enjoy! #Pocolo

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      September 19, 2016 / 6:47 pm

      Thank yoU!x

  5. September 19, 2016 / 6:27 am

    So lovely to read this, my little 12 week old has had a horrendous night with chickenpox, and it’s just the reassurance I needed to dust myself off and carry on. Xxx

    #marvmondays http://babiesandbeauty.com

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      September 19, 2016 / 6:45 pm

      Oh your poor little one! I’m dreading chicken pox! I hope he feels better soon! x

  6. September 19, 2016 / 2:29 pm

    It was only a week ago that I was complaining about lack of sleep as I had JUST gotten used to a baby that slept through after 13 months of getting up every night, then we got struck with a week of no sleep due to teething! But reading your list has reminded of the things I do miss now he does (mostly) sleep through. He never falls asleep on my anymore, he’s too independent to want cuddles for longer than 30 seconds. 5 little ducks was his favourite song and always guaranteed smiles for us as well, and he always used to play with my mouth when he was feeding too! Makes me miss my baby, but embrace the toddler he is growing up to be #MarvMondays

    • Now my Name is Mummy
      September 19, 2016 / 6:43 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment, I’m glad you liked it! It is hard to deal with little sleep but I’m trying to keep in mind that (I hope!) it won’t be forever! xx

  7. September 19, 2016 / 10:39 pm

    I have to say I get less sleep now with a 5yo than I did with a baby. But that’s because I now blog and stay up way too late, and add to that an early riser. Not a good combination. Good luck with getting some sleep yourself #pocolo

  8. September 20, 2016 / 6:50 pm

    Love this! I think sometimes we all need reminding of the little things and how they’ll be over far too soon. #MarvMondays

  9. September 23, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    Ah, such a wise post. I’m sure there’ll come a time when you’ll wish for these times as much as you can’t imagine it now (not the crying bit obvs). Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

  10. September 24, 2016 / 12:21 am

    Awww, its so true. Its so hard when youre going through it, but its over all too quickly and before you know it youre looking back wondering where the time went. I love little moments like these too, and I definitely need to live more in the moment and enjoy it all as much as I can 🙂 Thanks for sharing this on #MarvMondays. Emily

  11. September 24, 2016 / 2:20 pm

    This is such a sweet post! I haven’t had longer than 4 hour straight sleep for over 2 months because my son won’t sleep and I am shattered but just looking at his little face and listening to him making noises and smiling makes it all worth while
    #MarvMondays

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