The z man has been keeping me up all night with cluster feeding – I’m happy to feed on demand, but it means that I have so much less energy to hang out here and put my posts together. Thankfully, I had this post from Karin from Calm to Conniption up my sleeve to keep you happy with some new content.
Is it not any mother-of-multiple-preschool-children’s dream to have all of them asleep at the same time? Rare as hen’s teeth. It is those few days in your life where your stars align and your babes are peacefully sleeping at the one time and at an hour where you don’t need to be asleep yourself.
I only have two kids and that is completely enough for me…today. Next week I could have changed my mind and crave another little babe to hold. Those days come when I have slept uninterrupted for a number of consecutive nights. Not the ones that include 2am babble from my 18-month-old and thirteen required drinks and one wet bed from my 4-year-old.
The day sleep compared to the night, is a whole different bag of dummies. Both kids asleep at the one time during the day means you can watch KUWTK or some OITNB or another show that is known by its acronym. You can sit and have a cup of tea in silence or just lay on the lounge for a rest. Bliss!
I can count on one hand the amount of day sleeps my two have had at the same time. Usually it included, that magical baby-whisperer, the car!
Cars only worked for me. A long drive would see both the kids fast asleep and me bopping away to Florence and the Machine broken with intermittent conversations with myself. Just enough time to recharge the batteries.
A world where the sleep stars align and both the kids were asleep at home didn’t happen for me. But that didn’t matter because at home we always had the arch-nemesis of the daytime sleep… The door knocker!
An unplugged doorbell meant nothing, or perhaps it actually caused people to knock harder. At the time of my second babies birth, it was solar season! Nearly daily I would have someone knock on the door to chat with us about solar energy. Never mind the 24 solar panels already covering one whole side of our house! I have one tip for anyone wanting to sell solar door to door. Look up before you knock!
I did come up with a solution to those pesky sleep time door knockers.
I created a sign, laminated it so it was protected from the weather and stuck it on my front door at eye level. It worked. I saw people approach and then back away. An absolute life saver! Their life, not mine.
As for the sign itself, don’t be polite. Don’t give them an option. Just simply say that they are not wanted today. Actually here, I want you to have my sign. Print it off and enjoy.
You maybe can’t control everyone’s sleeping habit (well you can but that might be kind of illegal) but you can control someone abruptly waking up the house and trying to sell you something other than free babysitting.’
Karin at Calm to Conniption is a FIFO wife, mum of two little ones and is trying not to lose herself in a pile of dirty nappies and Duplo in-between. With lashings of sarcasm and humor, Karin tackles big world problems like candle maintenance, sandwich cutting and urine projection in boys.