Motherhood

My 5 Stages of Morning

I’ve been grieving lately, grieving the loss of sleep so I thought I would take you through my five stages of morning… or should I say mourning.

Stage 1: Denial 

It’s way too early, it’s still dark outside… He can’t be waking up now… He might resettle on his own… OK maybe I’ll just pop the dummy back in and he’ll go right back to sleep… I’ll get another few hours sleep for sure… Actually I better set my alarm in case he sleeps too long and we’re late getting up.

Stage 2: Bargaining 

He’s still awake. Seriously baby if you give me one more hours sleep I’ll give you my first born.. wait that makes no sense. I will give you all the pureed pear your heart desires. I will sing ‘twinkle twinkle’ until my hands fall off. I will let you fall asleep in my arms, heck I will sleep in the cot with you if you please just go back to sleep.

Stage 3: Anger

What. Is. Wrong. With. You?!

You’ve been fed, I’ve changed your nappy, I’ve burped you, I turned on the heater, I gave you an extra blanket, I put a glass of water on the desk in case the air was too dry from the heater. I turned off the lamp, I changed the white noise from rainfall to fan, I turned off the heater, I turned on the nightlight, I bounced you on the fitball, I shhhed you, I rocked you in the chair, I turned on the nightlight… what else could you possibly need?

Stage 4: Depression 

I’m never going to sleep properly ever again for the rest of my life. I will never remember what it is like to have energy.

Stage 5: Acceptance 

You’re just a sweet little baby who spent 9 months in my womb, it’s not your fault you don’t want to be apart from me. Come lie in mummies arms and I’ll sing you a lullaby…. Ahhh asleep at last.

stages of morning
Is this sunset or sunrise… I don’t even know any more.
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    Nikki

    September 22, 2016

    Awww I love this post! … however is it wrong that I feel off of these at the moment and I dont have kids??? :)

    #sharingthebloglove

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      Emma

      September 26, 2016

      It’s not wrong at all – I used to feel this way when my alarm went off for work and I kept pressing the snooze button!

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    Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons

    September 23, 2016

    We’ve been going through a phase lately where my son is waking up somewhere between 5 and 6 every morning. He’s always been an early waker – 6 is our norm – but the last 4 weeks of this have really taken it out of me. I feel bad moaning though, as I can think back to even a year ago where his sleep was much much worse, so in a bizarre way I feel grateful! The 5 stages are spot on – I know I go through them all (thankfully a bit quicker now than a few years back!) Thanks so much for joining us again at #SharingtheBlogLove
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      Emma

      September 26, 2016

      I think it doesn’t matter what stage you are with them in the sleep department, early mornings are always a struggle!

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    Karen : TwoTinyHands

    September 23, 2016

    ahh this is sweet! I feel these stages on a regular basis! #sharethebloglove

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    Tammymum

    September 25, 2016

    Hahaha yep yep yep I go through all these on a daily basis! #sharetheblogginglove

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      Emma

      September 26, 2016

      We’re all so similar!

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    Laura - dear bear and beany

    September 26, 2016

    Me and sleep fell out a long time ago. My youngest daughter is so inconsistent with her sleep my body can’t cope. She wakes in the night or she wakes at 5am. And on the rare occasion she sleeps through until after 6am, my eldest daughter who is normally a great sleeper will decide to wake up early!!! Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove X
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      Emma

      September 27, 2016

      oh man, that’s such a pain! Thank you for hosting x

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    The Tale of Mummyhood

    October 1, 2016

    Haha, I love this! Mornings are so not my thing!

    #fortheloveofBLOG

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    Themotherhub.ie

    October 1, 2016

    I like the pre-morning phase: blind optimism. The hope that , despite all previous experience, the baby might wake at a reasonable hour. I feel you. #fortheloveofblog

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      Emma

      October 2, 2016

      hahaha that’s so true! Thanks for reading x

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    fancy

    October 2, 2016

    Nailed it. Have tweeted this?#fortheloveofBLOG
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      Emma

      October 2, 2016

      Oh thank you ! x

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    The Unsung Mum

    October 2, 2016

    I feel you! My eldest is almost four and still doesn’t sleep. To be fair, she also sleeps worst then the baby! I find cake helps.#fortheloveofBLOG

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      Emma

      October 3, 2016

      haha cake does help! Thanks for reading.

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    A Mum Track Mind

    October 6, 2016

    Yup this post beautifully sums up the joys of a clingy baubba. I had one of these sleep stealers and we ended up co sleeping. Best thing ever ?? #fortheloveofBLOG
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      Emma

      October 8, 2016

      I had to co sleep the past two nights because bub just wouldn’t stay asleep on his own! I secretly love it. Thanks for reading.

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