Sometimes at night we play a really fun game called Musical Beds *sarcasm* if you don’t know how to play let me tell you….
After checking both boys are fast asleep in their respective beds, myself and the Husband climb into ours and fall asleep within seconds. That’s what being a parent does to you, bed before 10pm.
Number of people asleep – 4
The Toddler starts shouting for mummy. Mummy hauls herself out of bed to go to him, quick peek at the baby and he’s still asleep so I settle myself on the floor and lay my head on the Toddler’s pillow for him to play with my hair.
Number of people asleep – 2
No sooner have I pulled the covers back on our bed the baby cries, night feeding time. We get cosy in the rocking chair and the Toddler shouts again, up gets the Husband and I can hear an urgent conversation about spiders happening. There are no spiders (I hope)
Number of people asleep – 0
After stripping the baby of his sleeping bag, taking his temperature and giving him Calpol I take him through to sleep in our (still empty) bed.
Number of people asleep – 1 (The Baby)
After hearing “lie down” being repeated constantly for the past 30 minutes I decide its only fair to swap with the Husband. The Baby just needs one of us to lie next to him so we swap. And I realise WHY the phrase lie down has been uttered so much. The Toddler does not want to lie on his bed or pillow. He wants a human mattress. Every time you try to get him off you he climbs back on you.
Number of people asleep – still just the baby
The Baby does his hungry cry, the Toddler is clinging to me like a limpet so we head back to our bed.
Number of people asleep – 0
Everyone in our Bed. A small double bed. One baby with half the bed to itself, one Toddler starfished in the middle, one mummy curled to feed the baby and have her hair for the Toddler to play with, one husband clinging onto the edge for dear life.
Number of people asleep – you guessed it, just the baby
After being kicked, poked, punched and clinging on for dear life the final straw for the Husband is the loud shouting from the Toddler to “GO DOWNSTAIRS” so they do.
Still just the baby asleep
I hear the Toddler halfway up the stairs shouting for me. I go to get him. And he turns and walks back down. Falling off our last step. Have I mentioned they are marble? Enough is enough so I collect the Toddler and have a whole conversation with my husband with just our eyes that goes something along the lines of….
What did we do to deserve this? He’s YOUR son. No he’s definitely YOURS. I’m so tired. Who doesn’t like sleeping??
Bringing the Toddler back into our bed where the baby is still sleeping I basically swaddle him with my body and practice the slow and even breathing that’s meant to make him do the same. Surprisingly it does and he closes his eyes.
Both boys asleep!! Both adults cross and grumpy.
The Husband comes back to no space in the bed and gets in the Toddlers Bed.
Everyone is once again asleep.
I cough, wake the Toddler up, who wakes the baby up. The Toddler is very excited to be in our room and even more excited to run up and down the hall shouting
Daddy’s in MY bed
And attempting to get into his room to get into the bed he hated the night before.
Number of people asleep – 0 – Good Morning World
Still it could be worse, 7:23 isn’t so bad I guess!
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I know this so well. The other day I got up at 5am as there was no room for me in the bed. Left the 4 year old and 2 year old to fight out the bed space. It will get easier though. They won’t want to share a bed when they’re teenagers!
Well I hope not! 2 stinky teenage boys!
Favourite post so far! Hilarious! ‘Number of people asleep = ‘ Giggled all the way through (although I’m not sure it’s quite so funny at your end and oh heavens how on earth do you manage to write blog posts with such frequency when you’re so sleep-deprived?!)
Right, excuse me, I’m off to write my own post almost exactly like this (ha ha…)…seriously, this I loved this.
I hid under the cover and ate Oreos as the baby snoozed next to me and I was too wired to go back to sleep!!
I love the forlorn plea of “who doesn’t like sleep?!”. I’m sorry you’re having a rough time. Sleep deprivation is its own special form of torture. Have the hallucinations started yet?
This is our exact nights every night! It’s entertaining to see the funny side when someone else is going through it. But when it’s you going through it, you just want to hide under a pillow!
It’s usually me who ends up turfed out of our bed in our house! On the up side we have a day bed in the living room… #effitfriday
Aw, I can totally relate though! We have that ‘she’s *your* daughter* discussion every night 🙂 #effitfriday
This brings back memories of my oldest. He wasn’t a good sleeper and slept with me and my ex until he almost 5 years old. At age 5 I had his brother and decided NOT to do what I did with my first. I still remember all of the sleepless nights and all of the nights where I ended up on the couch with the baby because he just wouldn’t sleep and my ex had to get some sleep in order to function for work the next day. By the time the second child came around, I was the one working so he got up with the baby, except with my youngest, he was much easier. He slept in his own crib/bed from day one, My oldest is a teenager now and yes, it does get easier. He definitely doesn’t want to sleep with mom now, LOL! Popping over from #effitfriday
This game doesn’t sound like much fun for you and your hubby! I love the way the baby just sleeps through all the chaos 🙂 Thanks for hosting #effitfriday
I spent the first six months on the couch as mine would only sleep downstairs in her swing for the longest time. We really lucked out after that as she never gave us any problems in her crib or bed. is funny how each kid has their own set of challenges but somehow they all involve sleep deprivation at some point
Haha I know this game all too well also! And I never win!!!!! Agghhh!!! Thanks for hosting! #effitfriday
Literally reading this now to the shouts of ‘daddy mummy – come on now!’ From our toddler – who was put to bed an hour ago! Nice to hear I’m not the only one #effitfriday
Oh bless you – sounds a tough night and we have had many of these. They are tiring aren’t they! #effitfriday xx