To be fair to them, my children generally sleep quite well. They generally go up to bed without too much objection - and after a bit of procrastination (toilet visits, dummy dropping, and complaints of beds not being the exact temperature of their pleasing, all included) they go off pretty nicely and stay asleep most of the night. Generally. But once in a while, the three of them get together before bed and they plot. Yes, they do. They have these little meetings and decide 'Tonight is the night, guys! Let's keep them on their toes! Let's remind them who's boss!' And the three of them go off to bed sniggering, then proceed to fart around for at least three hours before they go to sleep; prompting yells of 'I just want to watch the football!!!' from one member of the parenting team, as he dashes up the stairs for the 20th time and 'I'm going to miss Love Island at this rate!!' from the other. And then when they are finally off to sleep and are pretty much forgiven, they start a shift pattern of wake-ups throughout the night. Very clever, kids. Very clever. Last night, this included a strategic nose bleed, a phantom ear ache, a cry out for a dummy (that was literally lying next to her head), a middle-of-the-night toilet trip that included a flush at the end to make ABSOLUTELY SURE we were all awake, and a 5am-I-am-now-awake-lets-start-the-day yell from a cot. We ended up spread across four different bedrooms, all sprawled in the wrong beds, bleary eyed, and lacking in patience. And when they were having breakfast this morning, I swear I saw the baby wink at her brothers. I am absolutely sure of it.
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