You know my fairy don’t you? The curly haired one with wings. A very sweet little girl full of the joys, full of good natured mischief and full of beans!
This little girl has never been a one for sleep. In her 3 1/2 years she has slept a total of 10 nights running, at that time we thought we’d cracked it, until night 11 when she wandered into our room and hopped into our bed again, taking it over, leaving us balancing on the edge.
Now I know what you’re thinking, why on earth didn’t you just put her back? Oh believe me, many a night we tried only for her to throw a wobbly, often waking her little brother; who dislikes been woken even more than we do!
People often say, ‘How do cope with so little sleep?’ ‘How do you function?’ How, how, how indeed; my response has always been the same, we have to, Mr. Simply Homemade & I, we haven’t any choice. We keep going and live in hope.
Then the inevitable happens, one or both of us hits a wall, feeling just utterly exhausted, so we have a lazy day (well, as lazy as we can with 5 children!) and resume normal duties the following, looking like shite but thinking we’re grand again.
I hit that wall again last week, only this time it didn’t pass after a lazy day. I don’t know if it was the lack of sleep combined with back to school and a few other added stresses, but I wasn’t ok. I felt like I was finally broken, completely and utterly worn out, 3 1/2 years of getting 2-4 hours of sleep per night had finally caught up with me.
I had a
tearful rant bordering on meltdown little moan to the lovely and very understanding members of the Irish Parenting Bloggers and following on from that my very lovely blogging friend Niamh got in touch to offer some advice.
Niamh O’Reilly is the owner of The Nursery. She is a fully qualified and highly experienced Nursery Nurse. With 15 years experience in various sectors of the childcare industry, Niamh is ideally placed, and completely dedicated, to meeting the needs of parents and children/infants.
You and your child will be in safe hands with Niamh who has attained numerous accreditations and certificates in Early Years Care and Education, Child Protection and Paediatric First Aid.
Sleep is Niamh’s specialty, in fact she has written a hugely successful book on the subject. I had listen to one of Niamh’s many radio interviews previous to receiving advice from her and I was instantly struck by her empathy for tired, sleep deprived parents, I knew that her approach would be gentle yet firm, kind and hopefully get results.
I went through Abbie’s current routine with her; from bedtime to the times she woke and what would happen. Niamh isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ person so her suggestions were tailor made for us and Abbie.
Exhausted and eager to start, the following day we started our new bedtime routine, sticking exactly to what Niamh suggested. Abbie slept all night that night! The cynic in me did think this was most likely a fluke, sheer coincidence; we couldn’t be that lucky surely.
Well here I am on morning 6, after another full night’s sleep from my fairy. Every night for the last 5 she has been in bed at 7.30 and we haven’t seen her until 7-7.30 the next morning. We are absolutely thrilled and astounded at how quickly things have progressed. We are and will continue to stick with our new routine.
Please note I was not asked by Niamh to provide any sort of a review in return for her help, I am simply a super grateful Mama.