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On Being Tired and Being Enough

Tired and a little stressed, I sat down last week and tapped out this post for my Facebook page. I had had enough… of feeling like I wasn’t doing well enough, or that my baby was somehow wrong for not singing the same song sheet as the books prescribe. The response was so wonderfully overwhelming that I realised so many of us feel similar, and so many of us are cracking on doing an absolutely stirling job, but without any self-recognition. At all.

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The Art of Being Tired

sleepI knew having children would change things, I expected nothing less. I was geared up for less trips to the cinema (none), quieter evenings (passing out in front of the TV) and the biggie – some sleep deprivation for the first couple of months (Ha. Ha. Ha).

Tiredness was definitely the thing I heard the most about when I was pregnant, which as a smug, well-rested human didn’t really get the obsession with. I remember one acquaintance with a slight tendency towards the dramatic telling me she still woke at 4 AM every morning, because she had become so used to doing this nightly in the first three years of her son’s life… her son is now 38.

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Parents: Why I’m Awake

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Parents, please know I do appreciate your frustration when I do not sleep, be it at nap time, bed time or middle-of-the-night time (your personal favourite I believe). I understand that me being awake means you being awake and that when you have fed me, changed me and soothed me, you expect me to drift into a peaceful slumber.

I can see that in theory, when the room temperature is just so, the blinds are drawn and the appropriate gaps between naps have been reached; I should happily nod off.
However, as we are both aware, this often isn’t how it goes down. And you, I am guessing, want to know why.

So – here’s a whole bunch of reasons – pick your favourite.

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