Saturday, 15 March 2014


"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2014"

11/52: She loves watching TV on our bed while I fold washing. She also does a lot of jumping and throwing the folded washing around.

We had a much happier, less-teethy week, but we're still not getting much sleep (surprise, surprise). It's so hard to imagine that there'll ever be a time when this kid doesn't wake up a million times a night. Just to remind my future, well-slept (hopefully) self what a typical night at 16 months old looks like: Olive goes to bed around 7. Sometimes she'll fall asleep right away, but sometimes it takes up to 40 mins of me (or Lucas) rocking in her chair, or patting her in her cot until she finally falls asleep. Almost every night she wakes about 15 minutes after I've drifted off, at about 10.30, and I have to drag my delirious self out of bed to go give her back the dummy (even though there are about 5 in her bed and she could definitely get it herself). Lately she's been waking every hour after this until about 1am, when she'll finally sleep for about 3 or 4 hours straight. Then anywhere from 4.30 - 5.30 she'll wake up and either be ready to get out of bed, or stay in a light sleep, stirring every 15 minutes or so until I finally give in and put her in our bed to watch ABC4kids while I try to stay in bed until at least 6.30. Most mornings I don't last very long because, after about 4 hours sleep, I'm driven to the brink of insanity by her crawling all over me, elbows in my face, pinching any part of my body she can get her hands on and doing somersaults all over the bed. 

There is something particularly insane about the human's urge to procreate. Evidence of this can be seen in the fact that despite all of the above I look at newborns and think "Oh, wouldn't another one be nice!".  

Linking up with Jodi's 52 Project.


  1. oh my goodness! can i say that our girls must be kindred spirits because this was my daughter for the longest time! she used to wake up hourly (at least!) and i used to be a zombie. i'm happy to report that now at 3.5 years, she's only waking up once or twice a night, and best of all, her father deals with her because i've got newborn duty and here's the kicker, the baby actually sleeps!!!! (stopping by via Jodi's blog!)

  2. Thank you - I love hearing from people's who's non-sleeping children now sleep! Kindred spirits indeed - I just checked out your blog. Olive also had colic - screamed for the first 6 months of her life (unless she was attached to my boob), wouldn't sit in a bouncy chair/pram/car seat happily, wouldn't sleep anywhere but my arms. I'm terrified about having another baby in case we have the same experience over again, but it sounds like your little Hugo is a dream baby! There's hope yet!

    P.S. Beautiful photos of your adorable kiddos!

  3. Loved hearing your description of being in bed with her! All bony elbows and acrobatics, just like my Oscar, when all you want is peaceful snuggle time. I also turn to ABC4kids in the mornings, just so I can have a cup of coffee alone and wake up a bit before starting the day.

    ps each of my kids have been really different, so if you more, I reckon they'll be really good sleepers!

    1. pps isn't it so frustrating when they unfold all the just folded washing?

    2. Yes, I'm afraid peaceful snuggles went out the window at about 5 months old! Fingers crossed for a better sleeper next time around (though it is amazing how you get used to the sleep deprivation). ABC4kids is my morning and pre-dinner time saviour (or Peppa Pig compilations on Youtube!).