out come the socks, heaters and Strepsils.
This is one of the unfortunate side effects of holding hands with a 5 year old that has probably just blown their nose on it or tying up the shoelaces of someone who has just walked through the toilets. (It truly happens) However it happens, I am sure it has nothing to do, with the fact that I probably
For the past few years, being pregnant or breastfeeding has meant that I have not been able to take most cold and flu tablets!!!!
and what do I do? I get up and feed her.
That’s right I am a BAD mummy.
but it is just so much easier to get up, feed her and put her back to bed.
We have a few times managed to do it for a whole night, but the following night we fall so easily into bad habits and the wake and feed routine continues.
So with a little packet of hope firmly in my hands, I left, on her advice that I would “simply” take the miracle workers straight after feeding Little Miss A.
Put the baby to bed.
Don’t feed her again until the morning.
Like clockwork, she woke at 10.30pm and cried.
Doesn’t she know that tonight things have to be different?
Well cried really isn’t the right word. She screamed. I lay in bed feeling guilty. How could I do this. Ignore her, putting myself first. I can’t feed her, I have just taken the drugs, what was I thinking! Surely the neighbours will call the police? What if she is hurt, or scared?Then silence. I looked at the clock. It had been a whole 4 minutes.
4 minutes. It felt like 20, at least. She was asleep.
She is asleep.
WHAT! 6.30am! This is a miracle!
I have not had this many hours of uninterrupted sleep in at least 3 years.
I wake in my own time. Not because her calls have woken me.
Without the drugs I wouldn’t have had the motivation to “really” ignore her.
Without trying to teach her to self settle, would I have had just another night of broken sleep.
Four nights later, we barely hear a peep all night.
It may be a fluke.
Tonight may be different.
I am not touching wood, because it doesn’t matter.
For these few nights we did it.
She did it.
We know it can happen.