Awake In The Night Means Cuddles For Mommy

I think like all moms, I value my daughter’s sleep. Yes, sleep is important for my toddler’s health, memory, mood, etc. but those aren’t the only reasons I value it.

Currently, I live an extremely busy lifestyle. I get up at 4:30am every day, get myself ready for work & then head downstairs to make breakfast, pack my work bag & K’s school bag, feed the dog, etc. Most days, I get to do all of this, in the blissful quiet of a sleeping house! While K is sleeping, I can get though this morning routine quickly & without interruption, which ultimately makes for a happier mommy later on. Then, once everything else is done, I can gently wake K up, get her dressed & ready for school, then out the door we go!

I get K packed up in the car & off to daycare. Then, it’s an hour + drive work (with a LOT of traffic), work all day in sales, then make the commute back home. Pick K up from daycare (there is a 50-50 % chance of meltdown here) & we typically make it back home just around 5pm. From here, it’s a rush of making dinner, feeding the dog, having a bath, fitting in a little play time & finally, getting ready for bed. Getting K down on time at 8pm is rarely easy, but I’ll leave bedtime for another post.

Once I manage to get her to sleep, usually around 8:30pm, I now have only about an hour and a half until its time to take myself to bed as well. (Yes, I go to bed at 10pm but let’s remember, I get up at 4:30am) That hour and a half is NEVER enough time for all of things I want to get done while K is asleep, but I do what I can before taking myself to bed. Most nights, whether I’m cleaning the house, working or watching a little TV; that time is pretty great! After such a busy day, an hour + of ME time, is a luxury!

Don’t get me wrong! I LOVE every moment I get with K (even the hard ones), but it’s also nice to have alone time. Time where you start a task and complete it without being interrupted 10 times… But where is all this going with a title about cuddling?

I LOVE to cuddle with K (when she will stay still). She is full of love & sweetness, & if often times it reminds me of the closeness I had with her while I was pregnant. I get to pull her close, feel her warmth & know that in this exact moment, she if safe! K loves to cuddle too so that makes it all the better, & she gives me kisses & hugs that fill me warmth.

Like any respectable adult, I enjoy getting uninterrupted sleep. That is, actually falling asleep at night & not being woken up again until the alarm goes off. As most parents of infants, toddlers & likely older children as well know, these magical nights of uninterrupted sleep, can often be few & far between. I can’t speak for how other parents might feel when their little one wakes up & won’t go back to sleep, but I know it means cuddles for me. Don’t get me wrong. I sigh, close my eyes & hope that she will go back to sleep on her own, but 9.9 out of 10 times, that’s not the case. So…cuddles it is…

Before I had K I was very strict that she would NEVER sleep in our bed. Allowing her into our bed even once would create bad habits, I thought (and in a sense, I was right). But after countless nights with her waking up several times & not going back to sleep, my own lack of sleep started to weigh on me. One night, I just gave in. I brought K into our bed, cuddled up with her, & we both went back to sleep! It was wonderful! Sure, I had broken my own rule, but I got SLEEP out it!

Like anything with a child, one night turned into many & while we can go weeks with her sleeping though the night in her own crib, there are other weeks where she’s up at 1 or 2 am, every night & in our bed. No, she won’t always fall back asleep right away, & I HATE that my alarm wakes her in the morning then (an hour before she would normally get up), but I LOVE the cuddles!

Long post short… I know she will only be little for a little while. Soon, not only will she sleep through the night but she won’t even WANT to cuddle with me. So being woken up in the night & having to deal with her being awake while I’m trying to get ready for work, is a VERY SMALL price to pay, for CUDDLES!

2 thoughts on “Awake In The Night Means Cuddles For Mommy

  1. smadmin Post author

    Hi Albert, Thank you for your interest! As I am just getting this started, I do not currently allow guest posts but I may open it up to that in the future.

  2. smadmin Post author

    Hi Latricia,

    Having kids is tough on our bodies but we eventually recover. Working out is great! Make sure you’re also eating a good diet of nutrient rich foods and taking good supplements to fill your nutritional gaps. That was the big key for me. I was working out and eating right and even taking supplements but I was still struggling with my body and felling surceased all the time. I changed to a different supplement and that was the key for me. Now I feel great and I love my body more and more every day!

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