I should be feeling amazing today, channeling my inner Mummy Pig should be a doddle because last night was the first night in months that I had 8 hours uninterrupted sleep. Pudding slept a massive 10.30-7.30, no night feeds and no flappy bird moments where she had escaped her swaddle. So why then do I feel more tired today than those nights where I get up 2 or 3 times?? I think we are conditioned to have to moan about something, usually it’s pretty easy to find a subject to complain about but on occasion we have to pick something ridiculous and today that is ‘I have had too much sleep’.
Of course most fellow Mum’s don’t have this complaint, and I do feel lucky but then again I have now lost my main group of sympathisers. Let’s face it no one likes that smug mum at the baby group who announces that their child is now sleeping through the night. Being able to have a good moan about lack of sleep, teething, toilet training etc is what bonds us all together and makes us feel we are not dealing with the trials and tribulations of raising these small humans on our own. Sometimes I worry that all I ever do is moan about the kids – think about it when was the last time you actually boasted to another mum about something your child has done or a real parenting win? Are we conditioned to continually denigrate ourselves? We all know that raising children can be a thankless task some days, but that doesn’t mean we should only focus on our failures.
So today I am standing up and saying that my Pudding slept through the night at 3 months, and I am going to pat myself on the back and say well done for getting her into a good bedtime routine. Does it mean she will do it again tonight? Maybe she will, maybe she won’t, but right now I am taking the win!