Ramblings Of A Sleep-Depraved Mother #ThursdayThoughts

“Have an early night,” they said.

“You’ll feel much better!” I was assured.

Lil Princess told me to make sure the last thing I say to her at night was “Promise to stay in your bed,” as apparently that works….

Yeah right!

So, I managed to drift off around 10 pm, and all was quiet around the house.

I fell into the peaceful sleep of a person who no longer had the pressure of observation on her head.

Oh yeah, thank you all for the good wishes yesterday, things went really well, and the kids shone in the class too. My head teacher was really happy with how the lesson went, and said she really enjoyed time in the nursery. Phew! I was so worried, after an awful observation pre-Christmas (due to terrible timing of a lot of things, resulting in a really bad lesson, where nothing really flowed!) but now I can relax  until the next one !

Then at 2.30 am I heard crying…

Lil Princess.

She isn’t a crier.

“Mummy, my tummy really hurts…”

There are bugs going around again at school. The place is rife with snot, coughs and sick buckets – had she caught a bug?

Two hours of encouraging going to the toilet, massaging tummies, even getting fruit down her in case it was more constipation…

And in the back of my mind I am thinking… “Could it be ‘time’ for her?”

As a mother of a girl I have to remember that she is getting older, and soon enough will join the club, so to speak, of females with PMT! In all honesty, she’s perfected the hormonal mood swings already, they were in evidence from around the age of seven!

We’ve talked about the changes that will be occurring obviously. She tells me she knows everything already because they talk on the playground, and well, YouTube teaches everything too, doesn’t it!

Obviously I have corrected certain misconceptions, and we have the joys of that talk happening in her year group this academic year too, but I can’t help but wondering if that may be part of the reason for the tummy ache…

We are all up now. She is teary and tummy still aches a little, but I have made some herbal concoction, recommended by my mum in law, to help tummy aches, in case it is sickness or digestion related (boil cardomom pods, fennel seeds and ajawain (caroway) seeds in water until the liquid colours. drain and sweeten with a little honey for kids, and sip while warm. Should help loosen anything inside, or ease aches).

We will attempt school, and if things don’t look good, I can drop her to her uncle who is working from home today.

She’s also getting a cold – great. Lil Man is blowing his nose (with his unbruised left hand – did I tell you he caught it in the car door the other day?) and my throat is starting to hurt…

I’m praying there is no sickness – hoping we can crawl to the weekend, then all just slob out on the sofa and recharge batteries and get better….

Oh well, off to school for another eventful day ending in a Governors meeting (that finishes at 8 pm, if we’re lucky!).

Catch y’all later Peeps!

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  1. 365daysofaworkingmom
    May 09, 2018 @ 04:05:53

    Sleep, what is that?! Pretty sure I learned to survive on caffeine alone after my first child! I keep thinking it will get better as they get older but still slightly sleep deprived here after 7 years of parenting…

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  2. Mom of 9
    Apr 10, 2018 @ 14:22:18

    I have a 12 year old soon to be 13 in September. I also remember having the talk with her this past summer as she began showing signs of her body changing. She gave me the “eew” look and really didnt want to discuss it. But it’s good we had that talk when we did because a few weeks after her 5th grade graduation she got her first visit from her ” friend” as my mom used to call it. It’s great that our mom intuition kicks in and we know when things are about to occur.

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  3. Smitha V
    Mar 25, 2018 @ 03:04:23

    The troubles of parenting so well expressed…its a challenge all the way, isn’t it?

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  4. kovei
    Mar 19, 2018 @ 15:44:14

    A sleep deprived mother…..yeah it was hard those days when I had to wake up at night two or three times to breastfeed my baby and change her diapers (we use cloths instead of diapers sold on market). And at daytime I had to do all the household works and it’s really hard (since I live in a joint family). And M a student too (a young mother who got married but still continuing on studies). Due to those heavy burden loaded on me I thought weaning would be helpful. So I weaned my baby from breastfeeding and left her with my in-laws and went far away to the city for my studies. All i wanted was a rest. But after a week when my milk stopped producing i started to regret. I went back to get my baby but they won’t let me take her until i complete my studies.
    And my baby has forgotten me. The bond between us was lost. I went through a lot of depression after that. So i just have to wait for two years to get her back. I visit her often but she doesn’t know me anymore and they are not supportive about my decision to bond back with her. It’s really hard you know.
    So those sleep deprived days are worth it. Those were the days i was happy though it was tiring. Value every moment when you still have that bond

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    • Ritu
      Mar 19, 2018 @ 18:41:27

      That is so sad…. I hope your two years fly by.
      My kids are 10 and 12 so not at baby stage… but it shows that sleep can be lost no matter what their age xxx

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  5. Geetha B
    Mar 19, 2018 @ 12:10:04

    I hope everyone is feeling better now

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  6. arv!
    Mar 18, 2018 @ 06:34:20

    Just when you thought you will have a good night sleep you had to attend to your daughter’s call. Motherhood ain’t easy! Hope she’s better now.

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  7. josypheen
    Mar 17, 2018 @ 19:15:34

    Poor little lady! I hope she is feeling a bit better today! Massive hugs to you all Ritu!

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  8. Unbound Roots
    Mar 17, 2018 @ 18:18:17

    Ahhh… the joys of being a mother. I’ve been up with my daughter almost nightly due to night terrors, or worries about a “shooter being outside the house”. With the last school shooting, my 7-year old has picked up worrying about what “could” happen. Consequently, I have been woken up every 2-3 hours or so during most nights. I know it’s a phase, but it does wear on a person. Hope you’ve had some better sleep. It will get better – right? Great post, Ritu!

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    • Ritu
      Mar 17, 2018 @ 18:55:54

      Thanks Erin. Things have got better thankfully but Lil Princess is prone to sleep walking into our room regularly!
      Happenings in the world can really affect our kids. The Killer Clowns really affected mybteam 11 year old son who was just getting used to walking to and from school alone. He had awful nights then. I even remember him coming into our room with a cricket bat in his hand because he was convinced something was hiding…

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  9. hotmessmemoir
    Mar 17, 2018 @ 14:30:05

    We haven’t had a lot of sickness in our house, knock on wood.You need to throw all electronics in a drawer, have someone watch the kids and you need some sleep. I almost might go as far as saying take a sleeping pill b/c I know my mind would be racing if I took my advice.

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  10. susielindau
    Mar 17, 2018 @ 14:01:52

    Life of a mother! Now if the phone rings late at night, I have a freaking heart attack!

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  11. Losing the Plot
    Mar 17, 2018 @ 13:22:27

    Aw Ritu! It’s hard sometimes isn’t it? Hope she is feeling a bit better now, Ginger is also great if it’s anything wind related.

    I hope you are ok, sore throats are miserable, i’ve Been nursing one myself. Not nice. Xxx

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  12. angelanoelauthor
    Mar 17, 2018 @ 13:15:28

    We had to have “The Talk” with our eight-year old because of talk on the playground! UGH. These kids do grow and I wonder if my headache today is due to all the worry about “kids today.” Glad you made it to the weekend!

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  13. You Can Always Start Now
    Mar 17, 2018 @ 12:16:18

    Did you make it to the weekend? Yes to taking it easy and hydrating. Snowing here – expected or at least for me. Take care and crash if you have to.

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    • Ritu
      Mar 17, 2018 @ 12:26:23

      Im currently chilling on the sofa. It snowed a bit this morning. A little more due later. No plans to go anywhere!!! Thank you hun. I’ll be sleep catching up!!!!

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  14. thebigmoneysaver
    Mar 17, 2018 @ 11:58:53

    I totally feel you. I have 2 kids and as a mom, I don’t get much sleep. I totally agree about the mood swings in girls. My daughter is 7, and she has so much attitude at times that I say she’s going on 17. Maybe one day all us moms will get caught up on sleep. Doubtful though.

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    • Ritu
      Mar 17, 2018 @ 12:00:38

      The attitude definitely starts earlier nowadays, doesn’t it?! I would never have acted like her at that age!!!
      And I managed a couple of good night’s sleep so feeling a lot brighter today… even though a cold is trying hard to arrive in my body… NO!!!

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  15. Phil Taylor
    Mar 17, 2018 @ 11:33:32

    Your title cracks me up. I think the phrase “Sleep Depraved Mother” is almost redundant. If your title is mother I think the sleep depraved part is assumed! At least that’s been my experience as dads get sleep depraved sometimes too!

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  16. thatblogwherecheriemovestogermany
    Mar 17, 2018 @ 10:17:59

    OK, you have made it to the weekend! Now PLEASE take it easy, maybe a nap, or a nice read. Get some rest!

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  17. fancypaperblog
    Mar 17, 2018 @ 09:54:40

    I hope you get some rest xx similar sleeplessness here. It can get very hard! Thinking of you

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    • Ritu
      Mar 17, 2018 @ 10:47:57

      Thanks Orla! I managed 8 hours that night, in the end, and ten last night surprisingly! That is so not like me, but feel refreshed, though a cold is now coming!

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  18. Fiona Maclean
    Mar 17, 2018 @ 09:07:53

    She’s a lucky girl to have such a loving mum – I hope she’s feeling better and you are getting some sleep

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    • Ritu
      Mar 17, 2018 @ 09:13:39

      Thank you Fiona! Managed 8 hours the next night, came home yesterday and developed a cold, and slept around 10 hours last night!
      Now I am up, and ready to venture out in t he ‘snow’ (again!) to get the shopping done, then I am holing up at home the rest of the weekend to chill!!!

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  19. Gary
    Mar 17, 2018 @ 08:55:48

    You don’t need to be sleep deprived to ramble Ritu…it’s one of your natural talents!! Don’t envy that part of kids growing up either. Scary changes and if she’s getting a cold too then just icing on the cake. Hope she’s feeling better and governors went…err… well!…said while wearing the T-shirt 😜

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    • Ritu
      Mar 17, 2018 @ 09:12:34

      Lol! You know me and rambling.. but tiredness makes it worse!!!
      Teh Governors went fine, and we actually finished early too Phew!

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      • Gary
        Mar 17, 2018 @ 12:47:11

        Very true! With me tiredness tends to end up with random rambling that confuses fiction world with this one 😱

        What? A governors moot that actually finished early? Were they all ill???

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      • Ritu
        Mar 17, 2018 @ 12:53:38

        I know! I was lucky!!!!!!

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      • Gary
        Mar 17, 2018 @ 13:05:27

        Lol, I remember a few that just ran on…although usually that Ofsted word was involved!

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      • Ritu
        Mar 17, 2018 @ 13:10:02

        We are currently going through (voluntary I must add) academy conversion to join a local trust of 4 other schools… I thought it would be longer…. but it seems everyone wanted to get wrapped up asap!

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      • Gary
        Mar 17, 2018 @ 14:34:15

        Always something as I recall, expansion, conversion to primary, head teacher interviews, business partnerships. Parents generally have no idea how much voluntary time governors throw in. Not just meetings, but courses and reading preparation for the actual meetings. And that’s before subcommittees, class visits and outings lol. Having said that…I’m not sure most parents even know what teachers do outside of school to keep up!! #rant

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      • Ritu
        Mar 17, 2018 @ 15:38:22

        They have NO IDEA Lol!!!!

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  20. Miss Dinie
    Mar 16, 2018 @ 21:44:58

    Hope you all feel better now. The little problems never quite end for you,eh? Never mind, lil princess will be OK. First period will be scary,but she’ll get accustomed to dealing with it. You’ve done half the work by talking to her about growing up. Many parents behave like they’re too embarrassed or scared to tell them about life. You’re a common sense parent.. There should be more parents with this approach.

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  21. Rarenwise
    Mar 16, 2018 @ 15:12:33

    Yikes! Parenthood gotta love it 😣 I’ve been trying to use my botmoji for a while only I use pictures. I noticed yours have a blank background which leads me to wonder… how are you uploading your bitmoji?

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  22. Rae Longest
    Mar 16, 2018 @ 14:43:11

    Here’s hoping the weekend will bring better things.

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  23. samfiftysomething
    Mar 16, 2018 @ 08:52:09

    Hardest job in the world, parenthood, also the most rewarding, just doesn’t seem it most of the time though 😬 hope you have a restful weekend 🌼

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  24. Aimer Boyz
    Mar 16, 2018 @ 00:04:55

    It’s always one thing after another when you’re a parent 🙂 I Hooe you get some time out this weekend!

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  25. beehalton2
    Mar 15, 2018 @ 23:26:10

    Hope all of you get a good nights sleep tonight. Take care!

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  26. OIKOS™-Redaktion
    Mar 15, 2018 @ 22:19:41

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  27. dearanonymousfriend
    Mar 15, 2018 @ 20:52:53

    I hope she is feeling better and I hope the colds leave. Weekends are great to re charge, if you don’t have to play nurse. Will be thinking of you and praying for a healthy home. Thank you for this post. It does get a bit easier, they eventually leave and you actually miss those middle of the night interruptions. Cathi

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  28. syl65
    Mar 15, 2018 @ 19:34:09

    Gosh Sister, you’re catching from all ends! The weekend is within sight. I hope Lil Princess is feeling a lil better and I hope you can get some sound uninterrupted sleep (I know that sounds foreign).

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  29. robbiesinspiration
    Mar 15, 2018 @ 18:35:31

    Oh dear, Ritu, a mother’s work is never done. I always say I can cope perfectly provided nothing extra pops up but something always does…

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  30. willowdot21
    Mar 15, 2018 @ 18:18:55

    Oh! The joys of Motherhood! 💜💜💜🍷

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  31. Judy E Martin
    Mar 15, 2018 @ 14:49:57

    I hope that Lil Princess is OK, Sis. I am thrilled for you that the Observation went well, sorry I am a bit behind on things still.
    Hopefully, you will all be ok and can get through to the weekend without any more illness, and plenty of sleep! xx

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  32. Swapnil Pandey
    Mar 15, 2018 @ 14:12:11

    You are one of my favourite bloggers whom I know since I began my blog..Love

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  33. balroop2013
    Mar 15, 2018 @ 13:33:13

    I could relate so much to this post Ritu…seeing my grandchildren catching bugs while we try our best to keep them away especially in winter!! Part of parenting…joys have their side effects! 🙂

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  34. Shivangi
    Mar 15, 2018 @ 13:03:36

    Take care Ritu… hope there is no sickness!

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  35. Dan Antion
    Mar 15, 2018 @ 12:42:46

    Oh my – I hope your day goes better than your night.

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  36. indishe
    Mar 15, 2018 @ 12:33:38

    Middle night wake ups are the prerogatives of being a mom😊😊😃

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  37. The Militant Negro
    Mar 15, 2018 @ 12:00:36

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

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  38. Tony Burgess
    Mar 15, 2018 @ 11:08:16

    Have the best day possible. Hang in there my friend. Kids are worth it.

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  39. Jennie
    Mar 15, 2018 @ 10:58:33

    Oh no! When it rains it pours. ☹️

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  40. wedincentralpark
    Mar 15, 2018 @ 09:29:17

    ah, as my two get to two and four I keep thinking it will get better soon… given what you’ve said, maybe not, eh?

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  41. Vero and Canito in the kitchen
    Mar 15, 2018 @ 08:37:55

    Ah… joys of being parents. Hopefully, she will get better soon! Take care!

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  42. Judith Barrow
    Mar 15, 2018 @ 08:15:02

    Oh the joys….

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  43. foodzesty
    Mar 15, 2018 @ 08:05:49

    Hope she feels well soon….hang in there!!!

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  44. TanGental
    Mar 15, 2018 @ 07:56:55

    Does parenting get any easier? Nope!

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