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Home alone (with a radio)

August 5th, 2011 · 17 Comments · heaton moor, house, music, radio, sleep

I have been deserted. In a nice way. Hayley and the kids are visiting friends and family in Wiltshire, so I’m home alone. So how am I coping? Well, despite my confidence that I would maximise use of my available time, both to do jobs around the house and to enjoy a little “me time”, […]

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Quiet time?

April 6th, 2011 · 5 Comments · bedtime, lucy, parenting, photo, sleep, tantrums

Babies sleep. A lot. Older children also need a lot of sleep. The trouble is, they don’t always want it. The 12 hours from 7pm to 7am should primarily be a time of quiet in our house. It is rarely so. OK, the kids do tend to be asleep not long after 8pm, but on […]

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I give you the Slog

November 19th, 2010 · No Comments · sleep

If there is one thing that parents can universally agree that they need more of, I’m guessing it’s sleep. This blog is peppered with posts about sleep: lack of sleep, getting kids to go to sleep, getting kids to stay asleep, getting no sleep whatsoever… you name it, if it’s about sleep you can be […]

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On the night-shift

November 2nd, 2010 · 3 Comments · illness, sleep

I have an important meeting this afternoon, so last night I obviously went to bed early on fluffed up pillows and slept the sleep of the just. Not on your nelly. I stayed up too late browsing twitter, mostly laughing at @sassiepiehole and working out if Stephen Fry was absent or deleted, before finally turning […]

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A rite of passage

September 7th, 2010 · 1 Comment · bedtime, boys, first, oliver, sleep

A few weeks ago I mentioned that Oliver has now reached both a height and a level of dexterity that caused me to fix the toilet seats in our house such that they stay upright and he can stand up to pee. He has taken to this like a duck to water (so to speak). […]

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Lucy – the updates

May 4th, 2010 · No Comments · bedtime, illness, lucy, medical, sleep

Thanks to everyone who has been asking how Lucy is after last week’s croup episode. The medicine they gave her in A&E seemed to see her through the worst as she slept quite well the next night – helped by the fact she was in our bed with Hayley – and after that she improved […]

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A Big Girl’s Bed

May 3rd, 2010 · 10 Comments · bedtime, lucy, nappies, oliver, sleep, video

Hayley has been thinking that much of Lucy’s wakefulness at night could be down to her banging into the bars of her cot. So today we took the plunge and turned her cot-bed from a cot to a bed. In case you’re thinking at this point “surely she will now just fall out of bed”, […]

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Truly scary

April 30th, 2010 · 5 Comments · asthma, croup, health, illness, lucy, medical, sleep

Last night I was busily updating Hayley’s business website when I heard Lucy cry out from her bedroom next door. I listened after the first cry to see if she would settle or wake. After the second cry I went in to her. Immediately I heard her coughing a very dry cough, but more alarmingly […]

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Big stuff (it’s all relative)

April 1st, 2010 · 5 Comments · asthma, diary, health, illness, lucy, medical, sleep, stockport

A few things have happened in the last day or so that you might class as “big” events, though as you’ll see, size is always relative. (Apologies: this is going to put detail ahead of readability.) Yesterday morning we got the news of which school Oliver will go to. You select your first three choices. […]

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“Summertime”

March 28th, 2010 · No Comments · easter, heaton moor, lucy, morning, oliver, sleep

Snowy January Hurrah! We made it through snowy January and chilly February to arrive here in March and the official start of British Summer Time (BST). The clocks went forward last night. Most single people seem to think this must lead to a loss of sleep. Kids have no concept of the clocks going forward […]

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