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Do we have advice for Dostie and Mr. Dotsie?

Postby TinatheConfused » Wed Nov 20, 2013 2:38 am

How many weeks until they get One entire night sleep between them?
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Re: Do we have advice for Dostie and Mr. Dotsie?

Postby TinatheConfused » Wed Nov 20, 2013 2:41 am

I would suggest a lamp that puts stars on the ceiling and walls to entertain their eyes at night to distract them from the IDEA of sleep, because Children have a terrific need to stay awake and plot to prevent the parental units from thinking clearly. Add some pretty Bach if it becomes horrifically necessary like Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony.
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Re: Do we have advice for Dostie and Mr. Dotsie?

Postby chillicamper » Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:26 am

For the daytime - Learn to love espresso. You don't need namby pamby milk or sugar .....just very strong black coffee......very regularly.

For the nights - leave your dressing gown and slippers on even when in bed. There nothing worse than getting up and either fighting with a dressing gown whilst half asleep, or thinking you'll do without them - then freezing whilst getting the kids back to sleep and thinking wistfully that you wished you'd put them on.
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Re: Do we have advice for Dostie and Mr. Dotsie?

Postby TinatheConfused » Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:12 pm

TinatheConfused wrote:I would suggest a lamp that puts stars on the ceiling and walls to entertain their eyes at night to distract them from the IDEA of sleep, because Children have a terrific need to stay awake and plot to prevent the parental units from thinking clearly. Add some pretty Bach if it becomes horrifically necessary like Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony.


Pretty Bach, just like Beethoven's Pastoral ... oh dear. It's those Shots I tell you!!! And not the yummy fun-fun ones at the bar.
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Re: Do we have advice for Dostie and Mr. Dotsie?

Postby pip » Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:25 pm

It is possible to function for quite a while on less than 4 hours sleep a night. But not forever. Take advantage of a rest night once in a while :D
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Re: Do we have advice for Dostie and Mr. Dotsie?

Postby Bouncy Castle » Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:32 pm

I thought the main rule of thumb was "sleep when they do".
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Re: Do we have advice for Dostie and Mr. Dotsie?

Postby TinatheConfused » Wed Nov 20, 2013 5:03 pm

Bouncy Castle wrote:I thought the main rule of thumb was "sleep when they do".


or bathe, or eat, or ... :D
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Re: Do we have advice for Dostie and Mr. Dotsie?

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Wed Nov 20, 2013 5:45 pm

Oh Jeez - did I miss something important? :? :oops: Image

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Re: Do we have advice for Dostie and Mr. Dotsie?

Postby The Mad Collector » Wed Nov 20, 2013 5:54 pm

Two weeks ago Jan :D
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Re: Do we have advice for Dostie and Mr. Dotsie?

Postby Dotsie » Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:45 pm

:D We take turns to have a lie-in if it's been a bad night (which it always is). I've gone from one cup of coffee a day to four or five, and chilli is so right about the dressing gown and slippers! Always think it will be a quick back to bed, then I freeze. Sticky midget one complains her feet get cold, well flipping stay in bed then! :lol: Sticky midget two sleeps like a log, thank goodness (but when she can climb out of her cot we'll probably get even less sleep).
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Re: Do we have advice for Dostie and Mr. Dotsie?

Postby hnorwood » Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:04 pm

There's nothing like a baby to demonstrate what sleep deprivation means (they would be banned under the Geneva Convention! :) )

Our first was very much a night-owl. He's 23 now and is STILL a night-owl!

Just enjoy it while/if you can. They grow up too fast anyway....
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Re: Do we have advice for Dostie and Mr. Dotsie?

Postby michelanCello » Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:07 pm

Awww... :D love the term "sticky midget" :lol:
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Re: Do we have advice for Dostie and Mr. Dotsie?

Postby Ponder » Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:00 am

Ignore the sleep when they do rule...I don't think it's really practical! The thing that worked best for us was to try and take turns, a night each. Of course, this is easier if you're not breastfeeding. The sleepless nights can be rough, but well worth it...
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Re: Do we have advice for Dostie and Mr. Dotsie?

Postby pip » Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:27 am

TinatheConfused wrote:
Bouncy Castle wrote:I thought the main rule of thumb was "sleep when they do".


or bathe, or eat, or ... :D

Exactly. washing eating and sometimes even breathing must wait and his lordship to drift off.
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Re: Do we have advice for Dostie and Mr. Dotsie?

Postby Catch-up » Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:35 am

Sounds like you two already have it covered! The "sleep when they do" rule never worked out for us either. I think taking turns sleeping in is the key - we still do it on the weekends! Although, now they're old enough that they sometimes get up, get their own breakfast and manage not to wake either of us up. :shock:

Getting out of the house on your own once in awhile (or having the house to yourself) is also good. Gives you a little time to recharge.
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