Winning! (Said Charlie Sheen Style)

What is the one thing all parents of babies and toddlers miss the most???

SLEEP! Or for us, more specifically, sleeping in on weekends!

A while back Walter and I made a verbal contract with each other to take it in turns having a lie in on the weekends. We alternate Saturday and Sunday’s so that each of us get one day each weekend where we get to sleep as late as we want to. Its wonderful, I love it! Last Saturday I got to sleep until 9am, something I haven’t done in… oh…. about 27 months to be exact!

This arrangement has worked well for us, well for me, shall I say. It would seem the Sleep Fairies have a vendetta against Walter, I don’t think he’d exactly refer to our arrangement as WINNING!

We’re fortunate to have a toddler who sleeps well. Who am I kidding, we worked hard from the time Ava was young to teach her all the tools she needed to be a good sleeper. Teaching her to be a good sleeper was not just for our own benefit, but for her’s too. At the rapid rate that babies and toddlers grow, their bodies need all the sleep and rest they can get to keep replenishing energy for all that growing, learning and developing they need to do!

But in all seriousness, we are fortunate in that we don’t have a toddler who wakes up bright eyed and bushy tailed at 4am in the morning! Ava sleeps from just after 7pm at night to anywhere between 6am and 7am in the morning. Well, that is on the days when I have to get up for her.

Poor Walter really has drawn the short straw. Each time it’s his turn to do the early rising over the weekend, Ava will wake up, uncharacteristically early. Today is was at 05h20, last weekend it was before 6am as well. Of course, I feel no guilt in turning over and going back to sleep because that is the agreement we have.

On the days when it’s my turn to get up early for her, she has ALWAYS (watch me jinx myself now, you know the first rule of sleep club is to not talk about sleep club) slept until just before 7am!

I really enjoyed my morning snooze and only crawled out of bed at 8am this morning! That, in the word of Charlie Sheen, is what I would call… WINNING!


  • Lea White

    March 19, 2012 at 8:43 am

    I love the stage my kids are at now. Even when they might wake up around 6 or sometimes 7 on a weekend, when it is weekend they know they have to close our door and then they can maybe watch a show or something.

  • Robyn

    March 19, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Hahaha! I do not think you’d be so chuffed if the tables were turned and you got Walter’s luck, lol!! Our latest dilemma: now that the cot is down, Hannah thinks it’s cool to toddle over at 4am and climb in with us, takes over the whole bed and is still asleep in OUR bed, when we get up for the day!

  • Pandora

    March 19, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I miss sleeping in! Unfortunately we have a swimming lesson on Saturdays at 8.30 and Church on Sundays. But I love my afternoon sleeps on the weekend.
    Anyway, even at this you g age they seem to know when it is weekend. Weekdays we have to wake her at around 6.15, weekends she gets up on her own much earlier. Saturday night we were out, she got to bed late and slept till7am!!! Lovely.
    Hope it wasn’t a jinx!

  • To Love Bella

    March 20, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Isabella seems to be following the same pattern! She wakes up after 06:00 on weekdays and anytime from 05:10 on weekends! I don’t mind too much though (although I WOULDN’T MIND a lie-in from time to time!!) – because I’m very much a morning person and when it’s weekend, I like to make the most of it. And sometimes even watch the sun rise (and many people want to head butt me for it). Don’t get me wrong, I don’t wake up all happy bright eyed and bushy tailed… but I do enjoy mornings…


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