For the past few weeks, let’s say a month Phoebe has been waking up anywhere between 6-6:30 am. I’m not going to lie, I’ve been struggling with these early starts but us morning mumma’s have to suck it up despite it still being dark outside, entertain our children (or pop the telly on) while trying to wake up and somehow managed to make the sweet nectar that is coffee.
This morning however, Phoebe threw a total spanner in the works, by waking up at 5:05am. Unlike her, I figured maybe she’d lost one of her 2 dummy (one to hold and one to suck) so quickly nipped in to find the du du on the floor, back in the mouth and that should have been that. The little minx had other ideas, standing up not wanting to go back down. Normally I would try and get her back to sleep, but I was tired so I brought her into bed with mummy and daddy, not ideal but I hoped she’d cuddle up and drift back off.
I couldn’t have been more wrong. Phoebe was not interested in sleeping even though clearly she was cream cracked. At first she did try but the temptation of throwing the dummy’s down the back of our bed or pulling my hair was far more appealing.
She carried on with her games for another 45 minutes, before I gave in at 5:49 and we came down stairs, Phoebe ecstatic and me emotional. After I had calmed down and was on my second cup of coffee, I came up with my top 5 co sleeping annoyances and wanted to share.
Phoebe finds it funny to throw her dummies down the back of our bed, then demands for them back, immediately by screaming in one of our ears “du du gone” I find this so iterating, she knows what’s she’s doing yet still does it!
2. Hair pulling
My pet hate. This is the most physical game Phoebe plays, we’ve moved on from chunks of hair to individual strands. She now pulls those little fly away ones on you’re neck, which really hurts and when I say “owwwweee” she just laughs.
This is the one that I suppose gets the best reaction from us, a cheeky finger up the nose! The first time she did it I was so shocked, I screamed, waking daddy pig up. Sometimes it’s a hook, or a grab and I’ve even had two fingers up each nostril. It’s worse when her nails are sharp, ouch.
4. Boob kicks
To achieve the best angle, she has to have her back pressed up to daddy’s upper back and then is at the perfect height to kick my tits! It’s like she knows when they are sore. Sometimes it’s a boob flop, she gets her foot under by boob and almost lifts it up (sleeping on my side) embarrassing for me, yet total enjoyment for the minx.
Generally Phoebe will be kicking and wriggling around like a little worm to get comfy. Normally once I have finally drifted off, I get a sharp jab in the ribs and back. Pillow stealing also comes into this, she gets herself into some funny positions.
So there you have it, all the bits of co sleeping that annoy the crap out of me. Please share your kids sleeping habits, tell me I’m not alone?