Tired is the Word

Tired is the Word

My gremlin does not “do” tired well. I’m sure no toddlers do. In fact I don’t know many adults that do and ones who think they can, are probably lying.

We have had some tired days this week. Probably due to a crazy, busy but lovely Bank Holiday weekend and I reckon some growing and some changes. We have had a few dry nights this week (very exciting), so something is going in that busy head of hers and bottom line is she gets knackered. Her afternoon nap went ages ago but if in the car she will doze and some days she just NEEDS to sleep.

I found the little stinker in my bed fast asleep on Wednesday after a particularly trying afternoon. I knew she was exhausted and she just had to give in.

How do I know she’s tired? This is how:

  • She cries as often as the wind blows. I could look at her the wrong way and the tears are falling.
  • She doesn’t like anyone…ANYONE; especially the lovely little friend that came to play with her.
  • Everything is hers. Touch her ball and suddenly she wants it. Touch her dirty nappy and I reckon she’d would want it!!!
  • Expect a usual 30 minute meal to take 1 hour with me or Daddy feeding her like she is 6 months old. This drives me insane!!
  • There will be hysteria, the worst you can imagine. This week it was over Daddy’s iPad, which was refused of course.
  • Whining, oh the whining. It’s too sunny. It’s too cold. I can’t do this. I want that. I don’t like……times like this I am close to cracking open a vino (oh wait).
  • Mummy has to do everything. Daddy can’t pour her milk, or make her a snack, or pull her knickers up or wipe her bum…you get the picture.
  • Bedtime seems to take double the usual time. For someone who is so tired, the delay tactics and pratting around seem to get even worse. Overtired?

That and hunger make my pretty good natured little gremlin, turn into a completely different child. I’ve read blog posts where kids have friends over or go out and are just vile. So bad, you want to never return or have a playdate again. I felt like this, this week!!

Getting that balance between no nap and a nap has been a slightly tricky one in the lovely journey of parenting!



  1. May 6, 2016 / 7:02 am

    Our girls cope pretty well with being tired as they just stop in their tracks and go quiet. Hunger on the other hand, brings out the worst of them! Crying, stroppy, the works! Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

  2. May 6, 2016 / 7:05 am

    Oh it’s so hard when they’re overtired like that – and why is it that they still try to draw out bedtime even when you know they’re exhausted? It’s hard when they’re at the stage where they’ve dropped the nap but still need it every now and then. Gorgeous photo of your little gremlin asleep in your bed though 🙂

  3. May 6, 2016 / 7:24 am

    Ah it’s good fun isn’t it? Monkey is the same and it does feel like he is like that constantly sometimes as he won’t nap or sleep in in the morning… Though he is asleep right now which is pretty unheard of so thank goodness he is catching up a bit. Will make it harder to get out the door in time for preschool though! :S xxx

  4. May 6, 2016 / 9:04 am

    That is such a tricky time, when the nap goes, but they still need a little sleep. An over tired toddler is hard work. My children have always gone ‘hyper’ when they’re tired, which makes things very difficult to control. I hope it improves soon. x #WoTW

  5. May 6, 2016 / 12:32 pm

    Ah yes, tiredness affects everything! Hope you get the nap/no nap balance right soon, though to be honest, it’s a never-ending juggling act! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

  6. May 6, 2016 / 2:02 pm

    A bit of a nightmare time, but, oh, doesn’t she look angelic when she’s sleeping x

  7. May 6, 2016 / 5:34 pm

    Awww poor mama! I know… when my boys decide to skip their naps, Im so scared for the evening time! and you are right, they wont take daddy! Daddy is for a fun time and mommy is for a cranky time lol
    I hope you have a great Mother’s Day xx
    ps) I LOVE the pillow case and the blanket in the first picture!!! I love flora design!

  8. May 6, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    Oh dear! Tired kids are no fun at all….She still looks such a cutie though x

  9. May 6, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    Oh god, tiredness is a bugger isn’t it! Alfie writhes around on the floor and generally whines and whinges…….drives me round the bend! #binkylinky #WotW

  10. May 6, 2016 / 9:46 pm

    Oh tired small people aren’t fun at all! Hope she gets a good night’s sleep today. Nice duvet cover btw

  11. May 7, 2016 / 12:52 am

    HI Sarah, it is tricky when they are at that in between stage of needing, but not needing a nap. It’s a hard balance t find and you can never reason with a tired toddler. I was lucky with my daughter as she would just fall asleep where ever she was when she was tired (I so wish I was more snap happy back then), nothings changed sixteen years later!

    Love the bedding by the way.


  12. May 7, 2016 / 7:20 am

    Ah yeah, the confusing world of naps and toddlers. With both our girls they phased out the nap, only to return to it a little while later and drop it again. It’s defo a developmental thing. In fact our youngest is having short naps most afternoons. Interesting to think that if she were three months older she’d be starting school this year! #BinkyLinky

  13. May 7, 2016 / 2:11 pm

    Being tired is never nice for both adults and kids isnt it? . My son is so tired after school and sometimes I wish I can take that tiredness away. I remember having an erratic routine when it comes to naps before. #wotw

  14. May 7, 2016 / 4:16 pm

    This sounds so familiar! Noah is exactly the same but some days just doesn’t give in. #binkylinky xx

  15. Nige
    May 7, 2016 / 5:55 pm

    Always a difficult time but she will do it naturally I’m sure super cute photo Thanks for linking to the #binkylinky

  16. May 7, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    Ohhhhh. I hear you girl! Mine is in the process of giving up that beautiful final nap and by God on days he doesn’t have one do we know about it?! Why can’t they afternoon nap forever?! I think the key here is patience and lots of it. I just repeat the mantra “He’s tired, he can’t help it!” Over and over until he’s tucked up in bed. Then I collapse on my bed feeling much the same as he did ten minutes previous!! 🙂 great post #binkylinky

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