Monday, 13 August 2012

One Eyed Mama

I am fortunate to be a good sleeper. I can fall asleep within seconds of my head hitting the pillow. The only problem I used to have with sleeping was my snoring husband. Of course, having children and being exhausted quickly solved that!

Over the past few years, dealing with newborns and toddlers, I have developed a technique for coping with those multiple wake-up calls in the middle of the night without actually having to wake up too much. It's called the "one eyed mama" - and it is very simple; when you hear your darling little angel crying at night, needing water, a diaper change, or a lost pacifier, stumble out of bed using your hand to guide you and only open one eye. This creates just enough vision to get to the crib/bed and tend to your little one without thinking too much or allowing too much light into your eyes, thus waking you up.

This is not me, but another mama who writes
about using the "one eyed mama" technique here
I imagine I look something like this when I'm found wandering the halls of our house in the wee hours of the morning - albeit with very messy tied-up hair, no make-up and definitely no earrings. Ok, so I look nothing like that, but you get the idea. Once my hubby saw me in my "one eyed mama" state and just laughed. But, hey, it works! Sometimes the next morning I will have no recollection of just. how. many. times I woke up to see to my cherubs during the night.

Mamas out there - how do you deal with waking up in the night? Or do your kids sleep through the night? Somehow we have hit a stage (coughing, potty training etc) where a full nights sleep is a rarity!

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  1. Haha! I love that idea and that image. Might have to try it because I always wake up too much and then it takes a bit to fall back asleep.

    Visiting from Mom Musings.

  2. Hmm maybe I need to try this. Even at 15 months, my son is still a crappy sleeper. And I am a crappy sleeper on top of his crappy sleeping. So in other words, that is a lot of crap.

    I am a new follower from the MMM blog hop and just wanted to say hi.

    1. My kids are slowly becoming better sleepers, but since they share a room our main concern at night is one of them not waking up the other, hence my super quick (albeit half blind) response!

  3. I am a new follower from Jellibean Journals. Love for you to stop by and return the follow when you can.
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