We need to talk about sleep, yours and your toddlers. I’m knackered, absolutely knackered because… drumroll here please people… my 2.5 year old toddler doesn’t sleep through the night and I can’t seem to fix it.
She used to, she was a very good baby and used to go to bed with no problem and sleep pretty much 6pm till 6am. I would walk around all rested and smug. How naive I was. Now, every single night is a battle of wills. Every single night we end up shouting at each other and somebody cries. She wants water or a cuddle or it’s too dark/light/warm/cold. Then there’s potty training, once you try and take them out of nappies at night they’ve got you by the balls haven’t they? They ‘need a wee’ approximately every 8 minutes but surprise surprise never actually do one. But you just know that the one time you don’t go up because you think they’re playing you, is the time they will wet the bed and then you’re up there changing all the bedding.
Even when I do eventually get her to sleep, she wakes up multiple times throughout the night. When she wakes up during the night she doesn’t actually want anything and is very easy to settle back to sleep but still, night after night of broken sleep is taking its toll.
I really miss my evenings. I find that once she’s finally asleep I’m so exhausted that I just lie on the sofa like a big useless lump and achieve nothing. I then go to bed feeling guilty and lazy.
She had a danger nap at 4pm today. I couldn’t rouse her because she was so tired so I left her till 5 and now I’m stuck in the ‘when the hell can I put her to bed’ limbo. I want her to go to bed now so I can watch Scandal and drink coffee and generally arse about doing nothing, but I know she won’t go to sleep and I will be up and dow the stairs every five minutes. Is that awful? That I want her to go to bed? I need my evenings for my sanity!! I need my evenings to watch TV that isn’t Masha and the Bear.
I really hope someone has some advice… anyone?! Anyone at all?!