This week I'm grateful for … sleep

Sleep has always been my friend. Give me somewhere to lie my head and I’ve always been able to snooze off with no problems, straight after a coffee, on a train, on a couch with a party in full swing. It’s one of my favourite things.

In fact, it was one of the things I was pretty scared of post-child – how would I cope with less sleep? I was a full 10 hour a night kind of girl.

The answer I soon found was that I coped better than I expected. I would nap in the afternoon with J beside me, I’d bring him into bed to maximise night time sleep. I coped, in that kind of frayed round the edges way that most mothers cope with sleep deprivation. I got used to it.

But it’s only now, 16 months down the track, when I am again enjoying an uninterrupted nights sleep that I realised how frayed those edges had become. Thanks to the joy that is unbroken sleep, I am slowly becoming more motivated, more alert, more positive. I seem to be achieving more in a day instead of feeling like I’m merely surviving. I am blogging more again.

And for that, I am so so grateful.

This morning J woke at 5.30am and I awoke to get him dozy and feeling a bit poorly. He was fairly grumpy – which seems to be his wakeup style most mornings. I desperately wanted some more sleep. Seeing this, Mr P took J got him dressed and headed off to the farmers market. And then I snuggled back into our kingsize bed, with our cat Magnum snuggled next to me and slept for another 2 hours.

Grateful doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Head over to Maxabella loves … to see what others are grateful for this week.

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7 thoughts on “This week I'm grateful for … sleep

  1. what a keeper Mr P is to let you get an extra 2 hrs sleep x
    I can get by on less sleep usually but I’m grateful for more last night.
    PS I love Magnum -gorgeous.

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  2. Oh sleep, sweet, sweet sleep! How I miss you! x

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  3. I just LOVE this pic Bel.. you guys look so comfy 🙂

    I too love my sleep and thanks to my awesome kids, I enjoy an un-interrupted 8 hours plus each night (now I have surely jinxed myself) for which I am eternally grateful for. Jack was a terrible sleeper as a baby, and thought I would never sleep again! I thought Poppy would be similiar but she loves her bed thankfully.
    Isn’t funny how we take such things for granted, and how a simple thing like hubby taking bub out for a walk so you can get those extra few zz’s can just make all the difference to your day.. Yay for wonderful husbands, and yay for reclaimation of sleep and those blissful sleep-ins..

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  4. Last night our big dog Kara had to sleep in our room and she decided to get up on the bed half way through the night and my legs got cold ‘cos I couldn’t reef the doona from under her in my mostly asleep state…so this morning I was awake really early and I’ve been tired all day! I love sleep and I love my bed…without the dog!

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  5. I so know what you mean. You never realise how much of a difference a full nights sleep can make until you have that luxury back.

    My daughter when through a stage of night waking after a few months of sleeping through. It was at that point that I realised that you also don’t realise how much of a difference a full nights sleep can make until after it’s taken away!

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  6. I wrote a similiar grateful post when Miss A started sleeping through the night. We’ve both been co-sleepers, now both getting full nights sleep – yay for us! x

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  7. Hi Anette! :-)Just had a look at some of your pictures from last days :-)Coincidentally a cploue of weeks ago I got a cold when I returned from London. For me personally it always starts with a sore throat then the following night the sore throat goes and sneezing and blocked up nose take over as well as feeling ill. Luckily though I had 4 days remaining of my annual leave so when I returned to work I was over the worst of it.I never buy souvineirs whenever I go to London. Instead I always seem to return with some germs or virus of some sort :-)I’ve read some of the previous comments about you been in hospital. Hope you’re ok :-)Have a nice evening Anette! 🙂

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