There were four in the bed and the little one said roll over, roll over
So they all rolled over and invariably Mummy was left with a centimetre of bed to sleep on & a foot in her back all night.
Every night we have at least one child in with us from about 11.30pm. We usually put her back in her own bed but then wake up around 2.30am and she’s there again!
Towards the end of the week, I’ll admit, we give up getting out of bed and carrying her down the corridor because we are too exhausted from lack of sleep.
To be honest, although it’s a real passion killer, we don’t mind her in bed with us. She usually keeps quite still [although she has taken to rubbing her feet up and down my legs as she’s falling asleep, which is both weird and painful if she has sharp nails!]
It’s on the occasions where three becomes four where it gets quite annoying and very little shut eye is had!
The problem with sharing your bed with a two year old is that they move around. Add in a bigger sister who might put an arm over you whilst she is in deep sleep and we have angry murmurs of ‘leave me alone’. All fun and games at 3am.
With lack of sleep comes little patience and a grumpy attitude – and that’s just the parents. At least we can bottle up our emotions to an extent. The little ones usually show their tiredness by re-enacting epic battles with each other or having total meltdowns in the middle of supermarkets or in a muddy park.
I have moaned about this on social media and got some really good tips. I doubt I am going to lock their door, put a stair gate on their door or sleep by the side of their bed all night though – not sure how that would help.
There was a suggestion from someone to get a sleeping bag and actually make them sleep by the side of OUR bed when they come to join us. Potentially a good idea. I haven’t tried that one yet, however I can imagine Cess would soon clamber back in. Additionally this would mean I would have to clear up all the stuff on my bedroom floor ha!
I just need some assurance that they will grow out of it. Sure, I am not going to be sharing my bed with my teenagers but I don’t really want to wait another five years for them to realise that their beds are the best things in the world!
Until that time, I might just have to start bribing them…Wish me luck!