I bloody love bedtime!

Before I had kids and even after I had my first, I was quite relaxed about the whole bed time routine thing. My stance was – she’ll go to sleep when she’s tired and there’s no point in me getting stressed trying to aim for a specific bedtime; especially when we haven’t got anywhere to be the next day. Add a second child into that “no specific bedtime” crap mentality and all hell breaks loose!

Nowadays, 7pm is bedtime and I ain’t messing about. It’s dinner, bath, bed. Light off. Door closed. See you tomorrow.

7.30pm means I was moving too slow in kitchen and I can’t expect them to eat faster just because I’m slacking. So I’ve got to give them an extra 30 mins to digest the food. I’m a fair person.

Any little people awake after this time indicates; illness, teething, loud guests or we’re not at home.

Since having my second child, knowing that bedtime is 7pm is the one thing that keeps me going when the kids are quite frankly doing my head in. I love them to pieces but MY GOSH there are some days where I ask myself:

“Is 6pm too early for bedtime?” (not if you don’t mind getting up at 4am!)

The key to success is consistency and getting the toddler into bed first. Toddlers are loud and inconsiderate for the most part. So once you eliminate the foot stamping and spontaneous screaming, you are about 90% of the way to freedom.

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You might be wondering why I’m so eager to get them into bed in the first the place?

Well…

  1. I haven’t sat down once or I have whilst also acting as a climbing frame.
  2. I’m starving and I just want to eat my food without someone crying in it or straight up taking it off my plate.
  3. I need to have at least one decent conversation that is not interrupted by crying, choking or “mummy, I want to go toilet”,
  4. I cannot tidy up while they are awake.
  5. Sad as it sounds, sometimes I just enjoy sitting or moving around the house without another human being attached to me.
  6. I might need a shower.
  7. I might need sex.
  8. I might want to watch Keeping up with the Kardashians… Not Mr Tumble… Not Sofia the First and DEFINITELY NOT… TOPSY AND F*CKING TIM.
  1. I might want… a glass of wine. Which would 100% get kicked over if my kids were awake. And I’m such a lightweight now that if I did dare to drink it while they were awake, I can’t guarantee that I would actually be able to parent.
  2. The earlier they go to sleep, the happier they wake up in the morning. And there is nothing more fulfilling than waking up to the two most beautiful, happy, smiling faces.

See… I do love them! But life is definitely better when you’ve got the bedtime routine on lock!

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15 thoughts on “I bloody love bedtime!

  1. I bloody love bedtime too. Unfortunately I haven’t yet nailed the bedtime routine. Cygnet is generally asleep by 8.30pm these days but I do spend the hour before he finally sleeps lying next to him on the floor cuddling him whilst dreaming of a cold glass of white wine. Pen x #KCACOLS

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  2. When my little one was born I was relaxed too about bedtimes. It wasn’t until she was a toddler that we started a routine shes almost three and usually she’s asleep just after 8 but boy do I wish I was earlier sometimes we don’t get home from work until 6 so with dinner and some family time it ends up being 8. I have no idea what I’d be like with times if we have a second #KCACOLS

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  3. When my little one was born I was relaxed too about bedtimes. It wasn’t until she was a toddler that we started a routine shes almost three and usually she’s asleep just after 8 but boy do I wish I was earlier sometimes we don’t get home from work until 6 so with dinner and some family time it ends up being 8. I have no idea what I’d be like with times if we have a second

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  4. Number one is 16 months old, and I am still totally in the ‘bedtime is whenever’ thing. I haven’t really entertained the idea of having a second yet, so we’ll probably continue going to bed whenever we want haha. I can’t imagine how chaotic things get when you add a second into the mix though-I need a bedtime routine! #KCACOLS

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  5. Your kids are adorable! I totally agree with you about bedtime. It’s important to be consistent and that they get enough rest. My son is a basket case if he doesn’t get a good night sleep, which makes it rough for him and for us. #KCACOLS

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  6. My Piglet is 5months old and he has been in a bedtime routine for the last month – its bliss! The downside is when he doesn’t go to bed as planned I now realise he is eating into my downtime! #KCACOLS

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  7. Here here. This is absolutely bloody brilliant, I was knodding furiously as I read. My kids also go to bed at 7, dead on 7 for the very same reasons you have listed here. I havr two under two and 7 o’clock is my rescue time. The days are so full on and all about the babies those few hours at night are very much needed. And like you say – the kids are much happier for it too. Everyone’s a winner! Xx Thanks so much for linking at #KCACOLS. Hope you can come back again next Sunday xx

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  8. I can relate to this! I look forward to bedtime, especially when my kids are driving me nuts! We have a good bedtime routine usually but the last few nights the kids haven’t been falling asleep until late, I expect it’s because it’s the summer holidays. #KCACOLS

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  9. I can also learn from this! Bedtime is often far too late in our house – no wonder sanity is a distant memory! But whenever all three are in bed – and even asleep – before 8, or even 7.30, it makes such a difference to have a bit of peace in the evenings. #KCACOLS

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  10. Yes!
    Sometimes bedtime is what keeps me going – like today, when my son has been doing his best to piss me off just for his own amusement and my daughter has had the raging whinges. But oh, how I love them. Especially when they are sleeping 😉
    x Alice
    #kcacols

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  11. Oh well done to you ! Wish I had the commitment to have a strict bedtime. They’re supposed to both be in bed by 745, but it can often be 9pm by the time I’m sitting down relaxing. That’s too late ! I must take a leaf out of your book #kcacols

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