Saturday, May 5, 2012

Showers at 3am.


I had a bit of a surreal moment when at 3:30am this morning, I realised that I was indeed sitting in the bottom of the shower with the Little Lion staring at me.

I knew we may have been in for a slightly unsettled night with all of us in the Hummingbird Household sniffling quite unattractively and Panadol being handed out to every member of said household, but the hours from 11pm to 3am felt torturous. I was taken back to the early days of Carter being a newborn as Deon and I tagged teamed it, trudging back and forth from our room to his as his cries welled up through the monitor. A combination of a cold and a nasty bout of eczema flaring up on his legs was just too much for him, and no amount of cuddles, milk, QV Intensive or Panadol would help.

So after 4 hours of very, very little sleep, in desperation I picked him up out of bed and threw him in the shower where we both sat down on the bottom out of weariness, water dripping down our faces and staring at each other for a long time. 

Finally, sleep began to take over his blinking became heavier and heavier. I dried him off, dressed him back in his PJ's and tucked him into bed where we didn't hear another peep until 8am.

I tell you what though, nights like that tend to make you feel wrecked the next day. I had so many plans, a cleaning spree, smashing out some posts that are bubbling in the back of my mind and being the oh-so-fun task of packing, but for now, I'm going back to sleep.

And I will see you tomorrow. 



  1. Oh I hear your pain. That sounds like my night....every night!
    Sleep deprivation truly is a killer.
    I hope your little man has a better night tonight!

  2. get better soon Carter, its just horrible when they're sick like that. Take heart in the fact you're doing the best you can and he won't remember any of this xxx

  3. Melissa LawrenceMay 6, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Well done on making it through the night Rhi. Some night are really tough, but so worth it.

  4. Thanks Melissa. I tell you what, after a full nights sleep last night I feel like a new person! 

  5. Thanks love, it looks like we're all finally on the mend today. I hope you and you little monkeys are doing well! xx

  6. Oh no Claire! I hope it passes for you and you get a decent nights sleep in the very near future! xx

  7. 0h gosh, I hope everyone is feeling better now. Lack of sleep sucks, I have no idea how I'll cope when I have kids. 

  8. After two full nights sleep I'm feeling on top of the world! :P Don't worry, you manage to battle your way through it somehow! 

  9. Perhaps it's dangerous to write something like this....  but I've never had a night like this in two and a bit years with kiddo. Fingers crossed I haven't jinxed myself! I hope everyone is feeling better now. 

  10. Those tough nights can feel especially tough when you're in the middle of them. I've found myself in the shower with Max a few times over the last year. They seem to be the magical last resort that always calm him down enough to sleep.

    I'm glad things are back to normal for you xx


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