What keeps me from getting my best night's sleep?
But in order for me to get the appropriate sleep that I so despirately desire and need, there are certain factors that need to be set forth such as daily "must do's" checked off the list so I'm not constantly thinking about them, my belly nice and full and satisfied, and the husband next to my side as my "big spoon. All of these are crucial in me getting a good nights rest. One thing off? And I'm doomed.
You want to know what will most definitely, 100% gaurantee, me from having a good night's rest?
One word. Elliana.
Yes. That child of mine. I'm not talking about her getting up in the middle of the night. Thankfully she hasn't done that since she was 3 months old. And it's not because she goes to bed late or gets up super early. Thankfully she gets on average 11-12 hours of sleep.
What I'm talking about here... when it involves the "lack of good sleep" department... is her actually sleeping with us.
Now, we have never been fortunate as far as "co-sleeping" goes so we don't even try to push it anymore. On a rare occasion I will attempt it in hopes of her changing, but each and everytime, it's a big fat fail.
The only times that we are forced to "co-sleep" is when we are traveling and she just doesn't do well with the pack-n-play. Not always, but sometimes.
And then my friends, the tossing and turning begins. One minute she's at the foot of the bed, the next she's at the head. One minute she's jabbing me in the stomach, the next my face. And she's loud. Oh man is she loud.
So as a result, we try to avoid this situation as much as possible. And thankfully? We've only had to battle the sleepless nights with the toddler approximately five or six times.
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