When the child is born, there is a great difference in the temperature of the inside world compared to the world outside and it takes time for the infants to settle in. These changes leads to changes in the sleep pattern of the kids.
Mostly, we see that the new born sleep well in day hours and are wide awake at night and it is a punishment for the New Moms to cope with it and she becomes restless and tired & at times, loses her patience.
At times, I have seen that the babies are dull and sleepy in day hours and proactive at nights and the couple exchange glances and anxiously wait for their child to sleep and the smart kid finally relieves her Mom in early morning hours.
This erratic sleeping pattern goes on for few weeks or few months and gradually they adjust and sleep on fixed timings thereby giving enough space to their parents and especially the Mom.
The day the woman conceives…lots of health issues crops up with the pregnancy and she battles all the odd moments which takes toll on her health for the bundle of joy.
The first trimester and the last one is scary and it poses lots of issues but still for the sake of her child, she endures all the pain n discomfort.
When the child arrives, he /she tests the patience & power of endurance of her Mom and poses a fresh challenge each day for the Mom.
I am a Mother of two boys and both are two ends of a pole though they gel well.
My elder son was quite calm n he slept for more than twenty hours, so there was not much coercion in raising him.
Watching my son sleep for such long duration was not considered normal by my MIL and she lectured me that we should keep him awake for few hours else his mental & physical development will be affected.
One more reason I saw to his sound sleep was that I attended all his chores ten minutes before his defined time, so he did not feel the need to bother me.
So, I had great time while raising him not a single night was disturbed.
The arrival of my second child was with a Bang…Bang…Bang.
The second child was proactive and slept only for few hours and he kept me on toes at night. In day time, he used to play after been fed but at night, he cried a lot and wanted to be in my arms.
I thank God for the patience that he descended on me that I never got irritated and enjoyed their tantrums…it was the age factor. I became Mom of two within 20’s and I never lost patience rather enjoyed the bliss of Motherhood.
Gradually, I followed few tricks to lull him to sleep and it worked well.
Change in Massage Time:
I changed the timings of Oil massage from 6 to 7 pm to 10 pm at night and changed to night dress after wiping him with warm water. He felt fresh after the massage and tried to sleep.
Soft Light & Music:
After 8 pm, I switched off the tube light (LED & CFL was unknown in those days) and soft music played in the background. My proactive son gradually got sleepy in dim light and soft music. By the time of massage, he would be half asleep and after massage, he slept peacefully.
These two changes brought great change in him and he slept peacefully, consequence we two were happy. 😆😆
As they grew into kindergarten going kids, again their routine was disrupted and their disruption perturbed my routine.
I have raised my kids on my own without any assistance of support staff, so it was essential that their routine matched with mine so that I could attend to my other chores of managing house, husband and kids.
After changing and feeding them, I took them to bed in noon so that they could take a nap and I could finish my chores half attended.
I love reading so I purchased a good lot stuff of story books and would read them aloud and they lulled to sleep in mid of story and I tip toed to attend the other chores and arrange the things for evening and night.
*Shukr hai…they did not inherited my instincts in sleeping else Motherhood has been tough for me. Since childhood, I never sleep in daytime till I am ill (It wasn’t tough on my Mom because I was raised in joint family).
This quality helped me in raising my kids. I never indulged in any work till they were awake. I devoted my full time to attend to them and when they went to bed, I was active managing family n friends.
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Writing this for #MondayMommyMoments.
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