My little sleep thief

Where has my sleep loving little girl gone?

For the past week she has been so unsettled, not wanting to nap and when she does sleep it is for a short period of time.

Previous to this week Amelia would love to sleep, having a nap mid morning and a two hour nap around 2pm before going down for the evening around 7.30pm. She had started to sleep though till 6am so Steve and I were counting our lucky stars that not only were we able to have some time alone together in the evening to catch up, we also were able to get a good night’s sleep.

Now I know this is rare.. everyone we have spoken to and friends that we have all were sleep deprived with their littles ones getting up in the night at least once until gone 6 months.

Well now I am feeling your pain……

I am not sure if it’s to do with being all over the place at Christmas/New Year with lots of travelling, combination or teething and third set of jabs or this is the famous ‘4 month sleep regression’ everyone has mentioned. Who knows maybe it’s all of the above combined? All I know is that we definitely aren’t having naps during the day, she doesn’t want to be asleep and when she does it has to be on me and going to bed in the evening is a real struggle and staying asleep is even harder.

So I have been trying to work out what is better… to have got used to sleeping again and then this or to have not slept at all?

I am feeling awful without sleep. Worse than I did when Amelia was first born and I think it’s because I have tasted what it is like to sleep again. I remember how blissful it is to sleep for longer than an hour or two at a time and to be able to nap when she napped as I knew I had some time in the evenings to get my housework done.

Amelia has become my sleep thief… All routines have gone out the window this week. Partially because of her jabs and that she needs a little more love this week and basically because I need to sleep. If she needs to be on me to sleep in the living room to help her get settled instead of being in her cot sleeping then so be it.

This week I’ll mostly be powered by tea and love from friends and family

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