Broken Nights

Ayoye, I’m not used to these broken nights anymore.

I’ve been spoiled by full nights of sleep since Big Bro was very young. I think we encouraged this by ‘giving him a minute’ when he’d wake up fussing… as in, “Let’s give him a minute to see if he can learn to connect sleep cycles.” Develop good sleep habits and whatnot.

Yes. That was it. It had nothing to do with our not wanting to get out of bed.

Unfortunately, this time when Little Bro wakes up fussing at 2 a.m., there’s the problem of possibly waking up Big Bro if we ‘give him a minute’, so I scoop him up a lot faster. Because of this, he’s not quite ‘doing his nights’ as well as I’d like yet. Hmm, I never thought of this.

What to do, then? Do they sell noise-cancelling headphones for toddler siblings… maybe with bulldozers or trains or something on them?

In the meantime, I guess there are a few more broken nights to be had. Urgh. Oh well, I guess I can look at it as a sort of mom-baby quality time…



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Category: Babies and Toddlers, Blogs, Family

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I am a lifelong (award-winning!) cartoonist and mother of two delightful boys, aged 7 and 5. I like to view today's adventures in parenting as material for tomorrow's cartoon. Looking at family life through "cartoon-coloured glasses" helps me keep the all-important sense of humour required for raising kids... even for the events that don't seem so funny at the time.

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  1. Alayne Langford says:

    Since my 5 children all I have are “broken nights” and I attribute it to “mother hearing”! 🙂

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Loved your cartoon. It really is much more difficult when you also have at least one toddler and a baby. You definitely don’t want to wake up the toddler and you really are quicker, trying to quieten baby before the toddler wakes.

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