Who Needs Sleep Anyway?

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  • Sleep is my favourite, I didn’t appreciate it enough before.
  • Lie-ins are a thing of the past.  When the clock reaches 6 and the house is still quiet, I feel like all of my Christmases have come at once.  I shut my eyes and hope for the best, I know she’s awake but denial kicks in. Just 10 more minutes, I’ll be set for the day.  Then a giggle breaks the silence, the peace is no more.  The Devil has spoken and I rise from my pit. I need coffee Hubs, please make it quick!
  • Evening arrives, my break time is near.  After a bath and bottle you go up to bed, you settle to sleep and relief kicks in.  I creep down the stairs, holding my breath. Freedom is near, just one more step!  Then I hear you murmur, you cry for me to come back and  the evening slips by whilst I’m sat by your bed.
  • Exhaustion kicks every once in a while.  Feeding thrice in the night isn’t something I love, sometimes I’ve just had enough.  I will you to sleep, I hush and I rock.  You’re tired, I can tell your little eyes look so heavy.  Then comes Daddy to the rescue, our knight in shining armour.  I crawl into bed as he sings you to sleep, I swear I could sleep for a week.
  • Parenting can be tough and sometimes sleep is the key.  Our babies they’re thieves, they take it away.  We live on caffeine and cake, whatever gets us through.  We carry on with on with our lives, even if it passes in a blur.  For it won’t be forever, time will fly by so quickly.  One day you will sleep and my evenings will be my own, you will lie in ’till lunchtime and I will wait for you to rise.  Right now though we’ll manage your Daddy and I.  We’re a team, we work together – especially at night.  We’ll sit with you in the dark so you won’t be scared.  I’ll rock you and he’ll sing until you need us no more.  When you’re sleeping soundly and peacefully, as will we, just next door.

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79 Comments

  • Alana - Burnished Chaos September 10, 2016 at 6:09 am

    Beautiful. Although it seems never ending at the time it does get better and you will eventually get some sleep. Gorgeous pic by the way, so peaceful, and that hair! ❤️
    #Picknmix

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 10, 2016 at 9:40 am

      It’s does seem never ending, haha! Thankyou for you lovely comment x

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  • themotherhub September 10, 2016 at 7:23 am

    I have had two bad sleepers – think I’m just used to being exhausted now! I go to bed real early ! #fortheloveofblog

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 10, 2016 at 9:40 am

      Ah I go to bed really early too, one day they will sleep through! Thanks for stopping by X

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  • alifeinpracticeblog.com September 10, 2016 at 8:35 am

    This is so sweet! Completely nails it though, that’s for sure! xx

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 10, 2016 at 9:40 am

      Thankyou! X

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  • alifeinpracticeblog.com September 10, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Whoops forgot this! xx #fortheloveofBLOG

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  • Nadia - ScandiMummy September 11, 2016 at 8:51 am

    So sweet! Yes, it’s important to remember that however hard it seems it will not last forever and soon we’ll actually miss it. Thanks for linking up with #KCACOLS Hope you’ll come back next Sunday.

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 12, 2016 at 6:31 am

      It’s hard to believe it but I agree, one day I will think fondly of the early wake up calls! Thanksfor stopping by x

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  • Veronica Lee September 11, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    How true that our babies are the thieves of sleep! Your munchkin is adorable, BTW.
    #kcacols

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 12, 2016 at 6:32 am

      Thankyou! x

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  • Susie - This is me now September 11, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Ahh this is cute. I would say it gets better but I don’t know if that’s exactly true! Ours sleep seems to getting worse as she gets older… Teething or new places make it worse! But it’s only the getting to sleep that’s hard work at the mo. Enjoy the snuggles whilst you can and all that… (Yawn!) #fortheloveofBLOG

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 12, 2016 at 6:34 am

      Ah yes snuggles at 3am – a definite yawn! I honestly can’t see mine getting any better at it any time soon, haha! Thanks for stopping by x

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  • justsayingmum September 12, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Oh this is beautiful – you make a wonderful team – you and your knight in shining armour – your little girl is very lucky. Sleep does come eventually though lovely #MarvMondays

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 12, 2016 at 8:20 am

      Thankyou, that’s such a lovely comment! x

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  • upasna1987 September 12, 2016 at 7:10 am

    I get to sleep peacefully after 2 years – My little one gets up only once for Water. I am thankful. #mg
    This will get over soon and become memories. My experience with sleepless nights- http://lifethroughmybioscope.com/sleep-deprived-mom-experience/
    Hope you like it.

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 12, 2016 at 8:21 am

      Bless you I bet you were so glad when your little one finally slept! I will take a look at your post, thanks for stopping by x

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  • nowmynameismummy September 12, 2016 at 7:53 am

    This is exactly how I feel right now! I long for sleep but I know one day I’ll miss these days! #mg

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 12, 2016 at 8:25 am

      Oh bless you, its so tough isn’t it, the time with fly though! Thanks for stopping by x

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  • diynige September 12, 2016 at 8:32 am

    I missed sleep the most still do lol fab post #bigpinklink

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 12, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      I don’t think I will ever get used to it! Thanks for reading x

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  • Something About Baby September 12, 2016 at 11:28 am

    This made me cry a little as I know exactly how you’re feeling – a teething baby coupled with trying to wean off the breast plus just going back to work full time surviving on 4 hours broken sleep has made me die a little inside this week. My husband is a big grump with no sleep, so he’s no help either! Sleep deprivation is the worst, so I’m extremely grateful we’ve had 3 nights in a row with 6 hours solid sleep…there is hope yet!! #marvmondays

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 12, 2016 at 12:40 pm

      Oh bless you, its so hard isn’t it. I cant imagine what it must be like to have to work full time on top of everything else. You truly are super mum. I hope your little one continues to give you good stretches of sleep, it really makes a difference! Thanks for stopping by x

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  • tinmccarthy September 12, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    The no sleep adjustment is a challenge for sure. I have not sleep in about ten years at this point and I barely even notice. After four kids- three of which still wake up several times a night I do’nt know WHAT I would do with a full night’s sleep.

    #marvmondays

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 12, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      Wow ten years! You deserve a medal!! I’m glad to hear you barely notice though, here’s hoping I will reach that point. Thanks for stopping by x

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  • Tegan September 12, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Now that I have a baby that sleeps through the night I of course have started missing those middle of the night cuddles! Crazy I know! You’re right, soon sleep will come and you will get your evenings back but for now, enjoy the time together, there’s always more caffiene and cake to help you through! #MarvMondays

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 14, 2016 at 11:50 am

      The cuddles are lovely! Thanks for stopping by x

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  • Notaneffingfairytale September 13, 2016 at 9:54 am

    So lovely to read that you and your other half are a team in parenting.
    #dreamteam

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 14, 2016 at 11:51 am

      I definitely married a good egg! Thanks for stopping by x

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  • topsyturvytribe September 13, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Bless she’s adorable! Sleep..what’s that? My 22mo still wakes up lots…yawn! His smile makes it all worthwhile though 🙂 #Anythinggoes

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 14, 2016 at 11:52 am

      Oh bless you, it’s a good job we get used to being sleep deprived! x

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  • aNoviceMum September 13, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Good one! My, parenting needs sleep, but somehow manages to exist with less than you think. I recognise the relief of the evening, the difficulty of adjusting to meeting night sleep needs, and the exhaustion. How do we survive? You know, I’m even more baffled about how single parents do it. 🙂 #TwinklyTuesday

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 14, 2016 at 11:53 am

      Me too, it must be so difficult when you are by yourself. Thanks for stopping by x

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  • Annette September 14, 2016 at 5:00 am

    What a sweetie! I love that photo. Urrgghhh I completely hear you about sleep. Even though she’s just turned 4 years old, LB isn’t the best sleeper. Thank you for linking up to the #dreamteam xx —– here’s to plenty of sleep and sweet dreams in the future.

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 14, 2016 at 11:56 am

      Ah thankyou, my eldest is a really good sleeper so this monkey has completely thrown us! Thanks for stopping by x

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  • The Pramshed September 14, 2016 at 7:06 am

    This is a lovely post, and brings back all the memories for me of this time last year when we were having so many problems with sleep. It sounds like you are both working as a team which is really important. I felt like I dealt with the nights by myselfar for 3 months which was so difficult! But it does get easier, and they will sleep for longer. They’re only small once so try to see the positives and enjoy this time. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 14, 2016 at 11:58 am

      It must be so hard when you have to do every single night by yourself. My eldest is such a good sleeper but I don’t think this one got that gene! Haha, thanks for stopping by x

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  • Back With A Bump September 14, 2016 at 8:37 am

    I love my sleep so much and am a complete cow when I get overtired. I am so thankful that Pops now sleeps through and we’re now starting to stop the dreamfeed which means no more staring at the clock willing it to be 10pm so we can feed her and go to bed. I honestly have no idea how some mums manage! #bloggerclubuk

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 14, 2016 at 11:59 am

      Me too! I find the lack of sleep the hardest part! So glad your little one is starting to sleep, it makes you feel so much better x

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  • rainbowsR2beautiful (@rainbowsaretoo) September 14, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    After nine years… I need more sleep! #bloggerclubuk

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 15, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      Oh no, 9! I hope you start getting some sleep very soon! x

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  • islandliving365 September 14, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Ahhh this is really lovely and clever too. We are a house of bad sleepers here too #bestandworst

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 15, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      Ah I feel for you! x

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  • reimerandruby September 15, 2016 at 7:27 am

    Lovely post! I remember those moment when my son was still a baby and constantly cries in the middle of the night… grrrr have that on video to show to him though, lol. However as they get older and have their routine, it gets better.. definitely have better sleep now that kids are now 6 & 3. #brillblogposts

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 15, 2016 at 12:36 pm

      Haha I don’t blame you, and 18th birthday treat for him! So glad to hear you have two little sleepers now, it makes all the difference! x

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  • Harriet September 15, 2016 at 9:06 am

    I can relate to every word here. The moments you hold your breath as you creep back downstairs, being held hostage next to their bed as they drift off, countless trips into their room through the night. It is utterly exhausting! #coolmumclub

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 15, 2016 at 12:35 pm

      It really is, when you think you’ve cracked it and they wake back up is the worst! x

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  • Cherry @ The Newby Tribe September 15, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Lovely post. My son is now 4 and mostly sleeps through the night but part of me craves when he wakes up all warm and soft needing reassurance that only I can give. I love my sleep be can’t function without it but just occasionally I do miss those sleepless nights! #ablogginggoodtime

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 15, 2016 at 12:34 pm

      Ah bless you, the cuddles are lovely! x

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  • Mummy and Monkeys September 15, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    My almost 2 year old has never slept through the night. I think I have forgotten what sleep is but I know one day again I will find it. Thanks for linking to #PickNMix
    Eilidh x

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 15, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      Oh bless you that’s such a long time! x

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  • Suburban Mum September 15, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Ahh sleep – it’s the one thing us parents are guaranteed to talk about right? Whether for us or for the kiddies. This brings back memories of when mine were babies, but you are right it goes by so quickly! #KCACOLS

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 15, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      Definitely, if you have children sleep is always a hot topic! x

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  • Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap) September 15, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    This is fab and I think your message at the end is so true. At the time no sleep is a killer but you are right it is just a short period of time in our lives; they grow and it is over! Cake and caffeine…yes we can do this! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 15, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      This is a lovely comment, thanks so much for stopping by X

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  • motherhoodtherealdeal September 15, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    This is just so lovely! I love the message you convey in this and the way you convey it. Those no sleep days are a nightmare but we do get through them in the end = phew! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely xx

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 15, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      They are really difficult, but they don’t last forever! Thanks for stopping by x

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  • Jane Taylor September 15, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Ah, this is lovely. What a cute picture too. I’m so glad you and your partner are both helping out and one day it will get easier! #KCACOLS

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 15, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      I definitely got a good one! Thanks for stopping by x

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  • An imperfect Mum (@animperfectmum) September 15, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Loved the line about babies being thieves. I can not function without sleep! Liked how you wrote this as an acrostic too. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 15, 2016 at 6:52 pm

      Thankyou for your lovely comment x

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  • Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum September 15, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Beautiful post, its definitely a tough period when sleep is at a premium but I try to look for the light at the end of the tunnel, although I know I’ll probably strangely miss it once the stage has passed. Thank you for sharing with #bigpinklink x

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 16, 2016 at 9:06 am

      Thankyou, you’re so right it won’t last forever so we have to look forward! Thanks for stopping by x

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  • Becster September 16, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Aww lovely! This time is so tough yet so rewarding! It won’t last forever and we should make the most of it! #KCACOLS

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 16, 2016 at 5:23 pm

      So true! Thanks for stopping by x

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  • My Petit Canard September 16, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Awww, I can totally relate to this post with a newborn at the moment! We definitely didnt appreciate sleep enough pre-children and even when we just had one child. Now with two I feel like I’ve won the loterry when theyre both in bed by a decent time – best.feeling.ever! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Emily

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 16, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      It was when we had our second in April that sleep deprivation really kicked in. I have one good sleeper and one not so good! Hope you start getting some sleep very soon, thanks for stopping by x

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  • mackenzieglanville September 17, 2016 at 9:43 am

    I was blessed with 3 gorgeous babies, but not with great sleepers and I LOVE and NEED sleep. I found it really hard actually. It did get so much easier, but am still getting woken up at least once in the night by my 6 year old. #mg

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 18, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      Ah bless you, I’m so glad to hear it gets much easier though! X

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  • Rambles, Rants, Writings September 17, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    It’s so hard when they don’t sleep! My first child didn’t sleep but she wasn’t too much of a moaner and when I found I was having another I managed to get her into a routine but it was so difficult – I constantly felt like a bad Mam and was so tired. My second slept through the night for 6 hours from being 2 weeks old, and then 13 hours from being around 3 months old. He was fantastic and slept 13 hours until he was 7 – then he reduced to around 10 hours. My third was a nightmare. He was lactose intolerant and had a lot of colic. Sleep deprivation was brutal for this child. He’s now 5 and has just started school and I’ve probably just sorted him out this year. He still wakes occasionally now – he isn’t the best sleeper but I’m pleased with his progress as at one time, I felt like he would never sleep. 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes Janet

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 18, 2016 at 7:35 pm

      6 hours from 2 weeks is amazing!! You sound like super mum with so much going on. I’m so glad to hear things are sorting out for you – time for some well deserved rest! X

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  • theparentingjungle September 19, 2016 at 11:47 am

    I love the way this is written! My son rarely slept as a baby and is now only setting at age 5! I wonder what I did on 12 hours a day pre child. Maybe when he is 18 I will sleep soundly again 🙂 xx #ablogginggoodtime

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 20, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Wow, you have some serious sleep to catch up on! I’m wishing you lots of sleep filled years from now on! x

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  • Amina September 19, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    This just captured everything I feel about sleep at the moment. Made me want to cry a little inside. Everything is so bittersweet! I’m bitter that I lose so much sleep but I should appreciate the fact that my angels are so little and it won’t be like this forever!

    Amina – | http://www.Aliandher.com
    #coolmumclub

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 20, 2016 at 8:40 am

      Ah bless you, those sleepless nights can be so tough and they really take their toll. They won’t be little forever, but that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t like a good nights sleep! Thanks for stopping by x

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  • letyourlightshinemummy September 23, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    This is lovely, tiredness is like nothing else, I feel like I’m in a permanent daze. So true though, it’s fleeting then we’ll be trying our hardest to wake them up! Xx

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood September 24, 2016 at 8:02 am

      I can relate to that feeling! Thanks for stopping by x

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  • nomipalony April 11, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Wow so many comments on this! I can totally empathise with this. My kids don’t sleep either.

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 12, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      Haha, maybe we’ll get a lie in when they’re teenagers! X

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