I honestly can’t remember the last time I had a full nights sleep.
And I don’t help myself by staying up until silly o’clock every night either.
But every night, every single night I am visited by my three year old and my five year old. They normally barge into the bedroom leaving the door wide open flooding the bedroom in light from the landing and they come bounding in like little baby elephants. Neither of them do stealth mode. And they clamber in normally from the bottom of the bed so they cause the most possible disturbance and then they yank the duvet off us to climb in and pinch my pillows. Oh, and they do this separately by the way, never together. So this rude awakening comes at least twice every night. They wriggle all the night long and normally fight over who sleeps next to me. I have woken up with one of them actually sleeping on my head before now. Usually though I just wake up after what little sleep I get to find myself hanging on to the edge of the bed while they look something like this..
Just look at them.
My little angels.
How can I not want them in my bed when I get to wake up to this?
That’s the thing. We’ve done the sticker chart thing before with my five year old to try to get her to stay in her own bed and for a while it worked. But honestly? I rather like that they want to sleep in ‘the big bed’ (although with four of us in there, it really isn’t big enough!) I actually totally get why they want to be with Mummy and Daddy mainly because I rather like it myself. There is something so comforting and completely instinctive about wanting to sleep together.
I don’t know if it is an age thing or an experience thing, maybe a combination of both, but I am so much more relaxed and happier about parenting than ever before. Sometimes I think that the more children I have had, the more I have learnt to actually treasure my children because I now see just how fast they grow up. My eldest two are thirteen and eleven now (how am I old enough to be a parent to a teenager?!) and it makes me realise that they are tiny for such a short time. And for me, waking up to see these two little fidgety sleepy heads is well worth a bit of sleep deprivation.
Although I do hope that they grow out of it at some point of course like their big brother and sister did or else we really will have to buy a new super duper king sized bed 😉