This post is ranty. RANTY.

Why on earth is it every time hubby and I choose to stay up a bit late, have a glass of wine. Actually spend some decent time together, the gremlin decides it is the morning she is going to wake up and scream the house down?

Is she psychic? Is my measly 3rd of a bottle of wine emitting alcohol fumes to wake her?

I wish I knew.


Hubby and I had a lovely night, wine, watching The Tudors again (me getting swatted for drooling over Henry Cavill) and generally having a good time.

It must have been 11.30pm before I nodded off and I had that sinking feeling that I knew if the gremlin woke up early I would be screwed.

So at 4.45am when we heard the gremlin stirring my heart sank. Hubby went off to get her some milk in desperate hope she would go back to sleep. I was pretty convinced she would as had fallen asleep late that evening. I went and I tried to cover the wriggler up but when the little monster refused to let me touch her and was kicking the covers off I knew we were in for hell. I could feel the smoke starting to come out of my ears.

She went mental. MENTAL. Complete hysteria. No real reason. Nothing we could do to calm her down. I could barely open my eyes and my head was really achy. Hubby got a mouthful. I really lost my temper with him for fussing over the gremlin and it was all I could not to throw her roughly back into her bed.

I don’t know why but sometimes my blood just boils. BOILS. I think hubby and I both get so irrational during the night. I had to go back to bed, have a strop and calm down (standard and it doesn’t take long). But honestly I just wanted more SLEEP! Desperately!

The screaming continued on and off until 5.30am. She came into our room pathetically and got into bed. Hubby went into the spare room.

You would think what followed would be a fairytale scene; snuggling up together and falling asleep. No. As my hubby pointed out, she is just like me; doesn’t want to be touched when she is stroppy or falling asleep. Can I blame her?

I must have nodded off 3 times to be woken by a kick or her asking me a question…. Oh my goodness SHUSH CHILD. I love you but for the love of God, please go to sleep!! I knew it was inappropriate to bribe her with chocolate before 6am and even I couldn’t cave and let her have my phone.

By 6.15am it went quiet and she looked asleep. I made the fatal error of rolling over and looking at my phone. Rookie, schoolboy error. Stupid, stupid Sarah. She climbed on top of me, kissed me (she has learnt cupboard love in the morning = YouTube) and I knew I was doomed.

With literal tears of frustration, I grabbed my dressing gown and took inspiration from a friend. We were getting up and watching Finding Nemo. This is exactly what we did and she was so flipping tired. she hardly moved.


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  1. September 11, 2015 / 7:06 am

    Oh my…little bugger. It's so annoying when you think putting them in your bed will make them sleep – cue fingers in your nose or them trying to pull your eyelashes out!!! Don't they know mummy needs sleep. Lol great post x

    • mm September 13, 2015 / 5:28 pm

      I know…little monsters!! x

  2. September 11, 2015 / 7:49 am

    Oh dear, how do they know this? Children do have an uncanny knack of knowing exactly when to play up and melt down don't they. I hope you've managed to get some more sleep since then x #WoTW

    • mm September 13, 2015 / 5:28 pm

      They must be psychic….been better since ta x

  3. September 11, 2015 / 9:05 am

    I feel so bad for you – I'm unable to function without sleep! My son is an adult now but I still remember the awful sleepless nights when he was unwell – I was a growly monster the next day!

    • mm September 13, 2015 / 5:28 pm

      haha don't want to wish the time away but must be bliss x

  4. September 11, 2015 / 9:35 am

    Oh they always know! My husband and I have just accepted the inevitable now and don't chance late nights – we know we will pay! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

    • mm September 13, 2015 / 5:28 pm

      It's the best plan! Thanks for hosting x

  5. September 11, 2015 / 10:50 am

    11:30pm is my normal bedtime lol, it's when I stay up past 1am then I know one of them will stir….they just seem to know. I remember when Alfie used to wake up I would get so ratty, my patience in the middle of the night is next to none. Trouble is being knackered just amplifies everything doesn't it, it's just a vicious circle. Sending you hugs and sleepy dust, zzz. XX

    #wordoftheweek #binkylinky #justanotherlinky

    • mm September 13, 2015 / 5:29 pm

      haha I wish I could cope on so little sleep! I have no patience in the night at all. Thanks lovely x

  6. September 11, 2015 / 10:53 am

    They always know! I'm like Jocelyn, we never stay up too late these days just in case. Although my daughter is now 9 and is perfectly capable of looking after herself if she gets up early so there is hope!! I'm like you, I need my sleep otherwise it's trouble xx

    • mm September 13, 2015 / 5:29 pm

      I think I need to listen to you guys! So need my sleep too x

  7. September 11, 2015 / 11:22 am

    They know when you're weak. When the Tubblet was that age, she would always, always wake up at stupid o'clock if we'd had more than a thimbleful of wine! It's like reverse magic – we know when they're naughty and they know when we've had beer!

    • mm September 13, 2015 / 5:29 pm

      haha so funny! I need to forget the wine xx

  8. September 11, 2015 / 11:52 am

    Kids just know when you've had a late night don't they….Even now mine are older they still like to get up early when I've had a late one x

    • mm September 13, 2015 / 5:30 pm

      They totally do…must be psychic x

  9. September 11, 2015 / 1:21 pm

    I thought it was just mine. they have a sense for anything special being planned.

    • mm September 13, 2015 / 5:30 pm

      haha typical isn't it? x

  10. September 11, 2015 / 2:38 pm

    Sleep deprivation is so hard to deal with but I totally understand that you want to have some grown up time in the evening. We have the same whenever we have a babysitter , every time we're about to walk out the house they wake up. Even tho every other time they never do! I think you're totally justified to have a rant, any maybe next time arrange for a sleepover!

    • mm September 13, 2015 / 5:30 pm

      haha that must be tricky! Think we need another sleepover soon!! x

  11. September 11, 2015 / 3:41 pm

    Oh dear. I know what you mean though. I planned to get my daughter to the surgery to be weighed today and that plan went out the window as she slept through the entire time I could have taken her. #WotW

    • mm September 13, 2015 / 5:30 pm

      haha so typical the other way around!!! x

  12. September 11, 2015 / 4:32 pm

    Oh that is a crappy situation and I feel your pain!.
    Very clever these mini people aren't they haha 🙂 x #WotW

    • mm September 13, 2015 / 5:31 pm

      Too clever Jayne x

  13. September 11, 2015 / 4:56 pm

    Give me sleep been there really feel for you great post :)x

    • mm September 13, 2015 / 5:31 pm

      Cheers Nigel and for hosting x

  14. September 11, 2015 / 7:41 pm

    What a rotten morning you had! They really do seem to know when you've had a later than normal night and need a bit of a lie in (or even just being able to wake up on your terms!). Just remember all this for when she's a teenager and wants to sleep until 2pm each day – you can get your own back then! Xxx

    • mm September 13, 2015 / 5:31 pm

      Was terrible! I'm so getting her bcak when she is older x

  15. September 11, 2015 / 7:43 pm

    Oh dear, hope things improve and you all get some sleep, and an uninterrupted bottle of wine! #wotw

    • mm September 13, 2015 / 5:31 pm

      Fingers crossed!!! x

  16. September 11, 2015 / 8:33 pm

    Oh my, I have been in this situation and I turn into a bad tempered monster if the kids get up early. I need sleep (and lots of it) so I totally sympathise. I hope you got plenty of rest afterwards x

    • mm September 13, 2015 / 5:32 pm

      I'm so grumpy too! Luckily was still a good day x

  17. September 11, 2015 / 8:42 pm

    Sarah, I am sh*t if I don't get enough sleep. Totally and utterly sh*t!!

    And they ALWAYS know when you've been up late guzzling wine, don't they? Don't know how?!!

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

    • mm September 13, 2015 / 5:32 pm

      haha it's so hard eh? They just KNOW! x

  18. September 11, 2015 / 9:57 pm

    Oh bless you hun. Nothing worse than sleep deprivation! xx

    • mm September 13, 2015 / 5:32 pm

      Totally! x

  19. September 12, 2015 / 5:45 am

    My god, I wish putting them in our bed worked. I just get kicked in the head, pushed off the bed and eventually have to put him back and sneak into the cot with him (this has actually happened). #justanotherlinky

    • mm September 13, 2015 / 5:33 pm

      You get battered! We always try and put back to bed aftter a bit x

  20. September 12, 2015 / 9:14 am

    Great post Sarah thanks for linking to the binkylinky x

    • mm September 13, 2015 / 5:33 pm

      Thanks lots x

  21. September 12, 2015 / 9:38 am

    Oh god, this happened to me this morning…he was waking up late when we had to be out and about this week!!! #justanotherlinky xx

    • mm September 13, 2015 / 5:33 pm

      so annoying eh? x

  22. September 12, 2015 / 10:49 am

    I feel for you – I haven't slept through the night since last October. Sleep deprivation is the worst! #justanotherlinky

    • mm September 13, 2015 / 5:33 pm

      Eurgh so hard!! x

  23. September 12, 2015 / 11:06 am

    It's like they just know the worst times to kick off! I hope she at least had an extra long nap time! #justanotherlinky

    • mm September 13, 2015 / 5:34 pm

      haha she didn't Debbie! ha x

  24. September 12, 2015 / 2:14 pm

    Oh dear! They have a sixth sense, I think! #justanotherlinky

    • mm September 13, 2015 / 5:34 pm

      🙁 x

    • mm September 13, 2015 / 5:35 pm

      🙁 x

  25. September 12, 2015 / 7:20 pm

    Oh gosh I COMPLETELY empathise! I get boiling blood too sometimes – our eldest is going through a phase of waking and shouting us in the night (he slept 12 hours from 12 weeks so this is a shock to say the least!) I just get so frustrated with him which I know is crazy – it's so nice to hear that I'm not the only one who goes through this. I have cried many tears of frustration at 6.15am too! #justanotherlinky

    • mm September 13, 2015 / 5:35 pm

      You sound so like me! It's so hard when you were used to the good sleep! I get so annoyed! We always used to have good sleep too. Hugs x

  26. September 12, 2015 / 7:27 pm

    Oh dear, always the way isn't it! Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

    • mm September 13, 2015 / 5:35 pm

      Completely! Thanks for hosting Emily x

  27. September 12, 2015 / 9:29 pm

    Oh no, I totally know how you feel. We had many of early morning tantrums with Finley and I can say it's gets better. But I know it doesn't help now. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

    • mm September 13, 2015 / 5:37 pm

      Thanks hun for the reassuring words! It does help and thanks for hosting x

  28. September 13, 2015 / 12:37 pm

    Ugh it's always the way!!! All week when school as on, I had to wake the kids up at 8:15. Saturday morning & the 2-year-old is up screaming at 6:45!! Finding Nemo was a great plan! #justanotherlinky x

    • mm September 13, 2015 / 5:38 pm

      OMG so frustrating little monsters!! Nemo was a life saver x

  29. September 13, 2015 / 5:31 pm

    O feel tour pain, the little sods at time. I blame that sods law X

    • mm September 13, 2015 / 5:38 pm

      haha me too!!! x

  30. September 15, 2015 / 9:04 am

    It's the same here, it's like they just know! Hope it calms down soon for you, it's so tough x #WotW

    • mm September 17, 2015 / 8:03 pm

      They so do! Thanks lovely x

  31. September 15, 2015 / 3:22 pm

    Oh bless you! I know exactly how you feel and I am sure many other parents have been through same thing too!
    I am also really miserable and start arguing with my partner in the middle of the night if I have been woken up by the kids! Always happens when you've had a good and late night, doesn't it?

    Thanks so much for linking up with #justanotherlinky

    • mm September 17, 2015 / 8:04 pm

      I'm so bad for the arguing!!! Always happens after a late one! thanks for hosting x

  32. September 17, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    I am not sure how the know the 'best' days to do this, but they do! It's so frustrating, I hope you manage to get a lie in the next time you treat yourself to some wine!

  33. October 9, 2015 / 12:15 pm

    My kids like to stay awake or wake up through the night when we have something important to get up early for. Even if we don’t tell them it never fails to happen!


    • mm
      October 11, 2015 / 4:50 pm

      haha always the way!! xx