Pip and Bean have been regularly begging us to have a midnight picnic, they are fascinated with the idea of staying up late when only mummy and daddy are normally up.
So the other night I relented and said we could have a ‘pretend’ midnight feast but not at midnight…..at bedtime. The compromise did not seem to bother them as we were pretending to dance around a toadstool and toast marshmallows. Bean made up a ‘midnight feast song’ and taught us how to sing the chorus of ‘dee dee do doo, toasty marshmalloooo’.
Squidge is also currently taking care to ensure that we don’t get as much sleep as we’d like. It’s a good job she’s cute as she’s quite the little pickle at bedtime! She is delighted with herself that she has learnt how to ‘kiss’ and so spent this evening’s bedtime snuggling under my arm and then surfacing for a kiss before giggling and snuggling again. This remained on repeat for a further hour before she finally conked out! She is regularly waking up around 4.30am but unlike any other of our children, she will snuggle down in our bed and go right back to sleep. I am obviously a little worried that if it continues, she’ll always expect to sleep in our bed and we’ll have a nightmare to get her out. But, in another way, it’s a godsend because our sleep is relatively undisturbed. I can remember many a-night-up-late with Pip or Bean because they thought that coming into our bed meant playtime! At least Squidge is easily comforted and will doze back off.
It’s the biggest thing with children…..sleep. How much the parents get, how much the children sleep- the happiness of all is dependent on sleep! When Pip was born, I was quite obsessed with sleep- so much so that I became insomniac for a short while and used to count the hours I had to sleep every night. Flash forward 6 years and I’m amazed that I’m now far more relaxed about sleep and just thankful if I get a reasonable amount. That’s what having the third child does for you!