It’s not been a great week for us. Holly and I started the week with colds, which meant she didn’t feel like sleeping much, which of course means that I don’t get to sleep either. I actually found it really hard to stay awake, I think because I was suffering too my body was desperate for sleep.
On one occasion I didn’t even hear Holly, something that has never happened in four years of being a mum. Thankfully Andy woke up and I think he must have felt sorry for me, as he went and settled her and I was completely oblivious that it had even happened.
Holly and I spent our days popping to the shops and snuggling on the sofa. By Wednesday I started to feel better and I was wiping Holly’s nose less. I was hoping that we would all finally get a good nights sleep.
But, of course life was against me. After school on Wednesday was a school meeting, my mum had Holly for me so I could go and then afterwards we all had dinner at my parents. It was just a normal evening, Alice was tired but she has been tired every day now she is at school.
The girls had a bath there too, which they love because apparently nanny has the best bubbles. They were all ready for bed and we came home. Andy was waiting for us and we put them to bed just like we do every night. Not even five minutes later Alice calls for me and she is being sick, a lot!!
Holly wasn’t quite asleep at this point and she was then screaming to get out of her cot. It was a chaotic, whilst we were trying to clean Alice and her bed! But then thankfully it wasn’t long before they were both asleep.
But this was the calm, before the storm and Alice continued to be sick all night, I had to change her bed four times. There was one time Andy woke me shouting she’s being sick and I leapt from my bed and into her room, to find her fast asleep. I went back and he said ‘oh sorry it was just a cough’! Lets just say there were no pleasant words spoken then.
It was a long night, and neither Alice and I got much sleep. Bless her, she didn’t once complain as she got another pair of pyjamas from her draw and put them on, while I was changing her bed.
Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, Holly got disturbed at 4.30am and decided it was morning. I brought her into our room and she amused herself while I dozed. Then Alice joined us and it was then that I gave up on sleep, with all these extra arms and legs, there was no chance of me dropping back off.
I knew it was going to be a long day, when I felt like crying and it wasn’t even 9am. Alice was snuggled up on the sofa watching television. Whilst Holly was bouncing off the walls, she had far too much energy for someone that had been awake since 4.30am.
She kept annoying Alice and basically she was just bored. I knew to get through the day I was going to have to dig deep.
And I did. We survived the day and Alice was getting brighter as the day went on. There was no sick all day. Thankfully the girls were exhausted and were asleep within minutes when we put them to bed.
The next morning Alice arrives in our room shouting ‘I’m better!’. Both girls had slept all night and I was so pleased to get a full nights sleep.
It doesn’t matter how old they get, looking after poorly children is the hardest thing ever about being mummy. Especially if you are poorly too. But these are the moments that remind me that I am a mum, not that I need reminding, but you know when the little people that you have created just want you and no one else will do.
It’s been a tough week, but it has also been filled with lots of extra cuddles and I know that there will come a time when it won’t be cool to cuddle mum.
Joining Katie from Mummy Daddy Me for The Ordinary Moments