Happy Mother’s Day!
I have been celebrating Mother’s Day for fourteen years and that time has gone so fast. I just realised that I probably only have three left with the teenage sleep lover while he is still at home. While I am excited for him to make his own way in the world I’m not ready for him to leave the nest just yet!
Becoming a mum was something I didn’t think I would ever do. I was already a pretty awesome Aunty and got my kid fix with my two nieces and nephew so when I found I was pregnant I was pretty surprised but also thrilled.
I’m still amazed that I then went on to have two more babies. Pregnancy didn’t really suit me. I was never the glowing picture of health during my pregnancies. Swollen cankles and reflux anyone?
But it is without a doubt three of the best decisions I have ever made.
So in honour of Mother’s Day here a few things I have learnt:
- Babies and kids are sleep thieves. The teenage sleep lover was our best sleeper and I thought all babies would be like him. The tweenager took 17 months before she got the hang of learning to sleep. It felt like 17 years at the time. Sleep deprivation is the very worst thing I have gone through. It affected my mental health and I am sure my memory is not what it used to be.
- I’ve had to become very tech savvy to keep up with what the junior sleep lovers are into and as soon as I get confident they move onto something else.
- Having almost 4 years and then 5 years between each junior sleep lover means it can take us 45 minutes to find a movie we all want to and can watch together.
- When you have a baby at 39 years of age you are a classed as a geriatric.
- Going back to work has made realise how much I really enjoyed being at home with the kids. I miss getting to all their activities and not being the go-to for everything.
- Not all babies and kids are good sleepers. The junior sleep lover is yet to find her way in the land of sleep. We are still to find what works for her but will keep persisting and trying new tactics. Yes, it annoying that she is not an independent sleeper, but it is much easier than what I went through with the tweenager.
- Being a mum is full of highs and lows, is challenging and frustrating at times, but I love it. It is my greatest achievement and while I may not get everything right, I am doing the best I can.
I know I will be spoilt for Mother’s Day as there has been a lot of secret business going on here at Sleep Lover HQ. Opening the gifts the junior sleep lovers get me is the highlight of the morning.
However, the best gift I could wish for is a full nights sleep. It has been the puppy has been waking me up through the night not the junior sleep lovers. It is almost like they are conspiring against me!
We are going out for breakfast and then will have afternoon tea with my mum and dad. A pretty perfect day that will finish with my pick for movie night.
I hope you have a beautiful day, whether you are celebrating Mother’s Day or not, and that you get the gift of sleep!