I must be getting old

Life works in mysterious ways, when you are early twenties you can stay up all night if you need to. I remember dancing the night away at various London nightclubs, Carwash, Home, the Camden Palace and so on. We would then come home at about 4 am and I would get up for work, if it was a Thursday night for the 7. 15 am train. I don’t ever remember being that tired or bothered about my lack of sleep.
Roughly fifteen years later, and I am permanently tired to the extreme that sometimes I can’t even see or think properly, and you’re lucky if you get a well constructed sentence out of me. Just ask hubby or the builder, both noticed that I had managed to park the car literally 3mm from the wall of our house. I hadn’t even noticed.
So what is a typical night at the moment?
6.45 Bedtime for all with a story, a bottle of milk for Fifi and pink milk for toddler boy who won’t really drink it but enjoys saying the word ‘Lola’.
7.15 Finally sleep for the kids and chores for us
11.25 Bottle for Fifi
12.00 Stirring from the boy- nothing too dramatic
1.30 Bottle for Fifi
2.00 Toddler nightmare
3.30 Bottle for Fifi
4.00 Fifi coo-ing and talking practice
5.00 Toddler Stirring and talking practice (no! Fifi, Annabel, choc!, No!, No!, Yuck, YUCK, Mamma, Dadda, Dadda)
6.00 Toddler awake, mummy collapsed in bed, hubby escapes to work

In conclusion to all of this:

  • I am getting old.
  • I need an 18- 23 year old, with childcare qualifications, a big stereo system and a shed conversion to a pub/ bar. This would leave me free to have sleep, if I can, through the added noise.
  • Its quite hard work having two under 3 (just).

6 Responses

  1. Glowstars 17th April 2009 / 9:50 am

    At 17/18 I was just the same. Now if I'm asleep later than 11 I can barely get through the day. Seem rather unfair, doesn't it.

  2. cartside 17th April 2009 / 1:58 pm

    Well, 15 years ago it would have been just one night a week or so, enough time to catch up on sleep. You're not getting old, you're just partying too often. You could always try giving toddler boy the task of doing the bottles.

  3. Muddling Along Mummy 17th April 2009 / 2:58 pm

    Its strange how when you sit back and think about it, life pre-children seems like a different world despite the fact that you don&#39;t remember changing<br><br>There must be some hormone that lets mothers carry on with levels of tiredness that would kill an ordinary person

  4. Alex 17th April 2009 / 4:19 pm

    It&#39;s ironic really- toddler boy wakes us up more than he used to as we now have our door shut to keep fifi from waking him up. This has necessitated a baby monitor being used in his room so we&#39;re woken up by every squeak.

  5. Little Nut Tree Blog 18th April 2009 / 10:06 pm

    Blimey this made me tired just reading it! I am constantly going on about not getting enough sleep but it may have to stop after reading that.<br><br>We got to bed about ten and sleep straight through (unless illnesses are around) until 6.30ish ….<br><br>Maybe I could come and babysit?

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