Tuesday’s Tribute-Sleeping Through the Night

I could tell it was too warm last night because 3/5ths of my children didn’t stay in their own beds.

Did I tell you that it was 86 degrees here yesterday? And clear? It was heavenly. Heavenly. I didn’t want the day to end.

But, back to my story.

My slumber was first interrupted at around midnight when John came running into my room. I knew it was John because he doesn’t tread lightly. For some reason he pounds those little feet down on the floor at night when he decides to briskly trot into my room. Maybe he knows from experience that it wakes me up so that I can greet him when he arrives on the side of my bed, hoping to gain access to my bed.

Last night, though, he never made it to the side of my bed. I guess that brisk midnight stroll tuckered him out because he just crashed on the floor at the end of my bed. Jeff felt badly about him being on the floor so he picked him up and carried him back to bed. I think he’s still there.

Around 2 am Jacob came in with his tale-tale noise making. I don’t know quite how to describe it……he just makes these noises……..not cries, not words, just noises when he comes in at night.

He, unlike his brother, made it to the side of my bed. And crashed, all splayed out on top of my pillows on the floor. I left him.

At 3 am I heard talking (sleep talking, that is). And, heavy breathing that’s not quite a snore (that would be my husband), and more breathing (Jacob). Coming at me from all sides.

And I realized. Somehow Garrett has slipped into my room and into my bed without my knowledge. He’s REALLY good that way. He’s perfected the art as none of my other children have. I would have never known, but he sleep talks. A lot.

So, here I am at 4 am wondering if I should just go find a new bed to sleep in. Or, should I carry the boys back to bed? I don’t really want to lug them back. And I don’t want to give up my bed. So I blog.

I’m expecting that at exactly 6:30 am my eldest will appear on the side of my bed. And just stand there quitely until I feel and acknowledge her presence and assure here that yes, she can sleep in until 6:40 am.

I don’t have to worry about child number 2. She sleeps like a log. Thank goodness.

Nights like these make me grateful for nights when I can sleep through the night.

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  1. Scary Mommy says

    I, too, ended up with a snoring 3 year old, a whiny 1 year old and a bed hog of a 5 year old in bed with me. Part of me loves having us all piled in together, but I also REALLY miss sleep. I cannot remember the last uninterrupted night I had. It’s something I wish I’d appreciated before kids!

  2. Hi Angie!
    Oh, I remember those days all too well! Abby, my 12 year old, was notorious for coming into our bedroom in the middle of the night. Like you described, she’d be standing quietly at my side of the bed and I could just sense that she was there. You might be missing out on your sleep, but there will come a day when you’ll miss those little bodies coming in for some comfort in the middle of of the night…they grow up so very fast!

  3. You must be tired!! My kids aren’t at the age where they can come to my bed, but they still do a very good job at not letting me sleep through the night!

    I had to laugh when I read your post, though. Whenever I was scared, I used to go into my parent’s room and just stand there and quietly say, “mom, mom, mom.” Eventually she’d wake up while I tried to peel her off the ceiling!! I know I’ll get payback for that one day!!

  4. It is so nice to know that my house is not the only one with this much activity going on at 3 AM.

    I hope tonight is better for you!

  5. Sparkette says

    Umm I am kind of sleepy reading that. I want to go back to sleep for you πŸ™‚ My daughter is really quiet when she comes in but then she starts talking to me and it scares the CRUD out of me!! πŸ™‚

  6. My almost-4-year-old son end sup in my bed almost every night. I feel your pain. Lat night he kicked my husband right in the eye. Not the most fun way to wake up.

  7. Ronda's Rants says

    I no longer have little ones..but I do have a snoring (Like a lumber jack)Hubby and two dogs and two cats to contend with! I miss the babies!

  8. Bonnie the Boss says

    I don’t know how you do it! all that interupted sleep! But so cute, that you can tell who is coming at any moment.

  9. I could also do a tribute to a full night’s sleep! My 15 month old has just started to sleep through the night (although, those darn teeth do interrupt us periodically.) We are starting to think about #2, but I just can’t get pass the whole non-sleeping issue right now.

    Hopefully tonight will be better for you!!!

  10. It was almost 90 here yesterday!! I really wanted to turn on the AC when we went to bed, but I just sweated it out instead. I had each kid in my bed for a little bit last night too! Here’s to a good sleep tonight!

  11. that sounds like quite the night, hopefully tonight brings you some uninterrupted sleep!

  12. Kathleen W. says

    LOL, 3/5ths of your children. I love that.

    We obviously haven’t dealt with this, since my son can’t escape from the crib (yet) but in a weird way I both look forward to and dread it.

    When you’re dead tired in the middle of the night, the last thing you want to do is carry kids back to bed over and over again.

  13. The Pink Potpourri says

    cute story! hope you get to catch up on your rest today! i think the only time my sisters and i would go into my parents room is if we were sick. but who knows…maybe my mom has some stories.

  14. Wow! You have a lot of activity going on there! Cute story!

  15. i have nights like that and i get SO claustrophobic. luckily only my bean will sneak down the hall and climb into bed. but he is a total bed hog. maybe you can grab a nap?

  16. I feel ya sister! I get so upset when my sleep gets interrupted. Oh how spoiled we have become. Remember when we only slept an hour or two at a time. Those were the days…of total torture.

    Hope tonight is a better night and everyone gets lots of ZZZZs.

  17. So true! Xander STILL doesn’t sleep through the night–although by now, it’s usually just one wake-up at around 2 a.m. where he needs to be settlerd and tucked again…but STILL!

  18. That’s just a normal night at home right?

  19. You story makes me wonder what is going to be like when we release the babies from their cribs.

  20. Gunnisac Sandersons says

    oh, I am so sorry! i can empathize, I still have yet to sleep through the night. Maybe when I am 40!

  21. Maria@Conversations with Moms says

    My 4yr old snores and lately refuses to sleep in his room. He’s been sleeping in our crowded bed which makes for many restless nights.

  22. Erin, Nick and Merrick says

    I’ve got a bed joiner over here too.

  23. That is too funny!!

    I love how kids personalities are all so different! But I was the same was your oldest (I am the oldest too) I would go and stand by my Mom’s bed, wouldnt say anything, wouldnt touch her, and just waited until she knew I was there. Or if for some reason she didnt realize I was there, i would say in the very smallest of voices, mom…


  24. I don’t want to burst your bubble, but as soon as you start sleeping through the night, teenage years hit and you stay up all night waiting for them. When thats over menopause hits and you never sleep again (or at least it feels that way to me!) πŸ˜‰

  25. T Rex Mom says

    I, too, am grateful for a full night’s sleep – I’m looking forward to the time change since it might mean my little one sleeps in ’til 7:00am! If I could get myself to go to bed at 7:00pm, I’d be in great shape, but who wants to go to bed that early!?!

  26. Live.Love.Eat says

    Broken sleep is tough sometimes. I got a good taste of it this past month with the new pup.

  27. Eudea-Mamia says

    THIS is why I’m letting Youngest stay in the crib as long as possible We’re going on 3 next week – I don’t want to move him to a big boy bed!!!

    Maybe a gate at the door?

  28. girlytwins says

    I love this TT. I love their differences. So cute.

    My Charlotte is a sleep talker too. I think she may even becoming a sleep walker. My brother used to come into my room at night and just stand their till I took him back to his bed. Not sure how my mom got out of the middle of the night wake ups πŸ™‚ I guess he was preparing me for the twins and many nights of interrupted sleep πŸ™‚

  29. brunger bunch says

    I am so glad to hear that someone else is experiencing the same thing we are. (not really because it stinks) Mike finished the basement 8 months ago, and Jordan still comes up to our room in the middle of the night. The baby ends up in our bed every night at about 3am. I am not sure what we did wrong with the last one…none of our kids ever EVER slept in our bed. Must be the baby thing. She gets away with a lot of things that the other 2 didn’t. Hope you get a nap in!!:)

  30. I guess that is the life of a mother. Always on call. I would much prefer a good nights sleep to other inconveniences of motherhood. I don’t know how I survived on that little sleep when my twins were newborns.

  31. mommaof4wife2r says

    first…it’s 20 degrees here. boo
    second…we are totally having the kids in our room blues here.
    third…thinking of locking the bedroom door…what do you think?

  32. We’ve put the sleeping bag at the foot of the bed for our youngest. With a rare exception, he’s the only one making his way to our room anymore. I always tread lightly when I get out of bed ’cause I always sleep through his arrival. (Yeah, I’m blessed that way.)

  33. stefanie says

    Snowstorm yesterday…I do envy your 86 degrees. Steve’s a lighter sleeper than I am, so he usually dealt with the night roamers. Don’t tell him that sometimes I faked being asleep!

  34. Young Momma says

    Oh goodness! I don’t know if I could handle that! lol We’ve only got a queen and sharing it with our two boys is about all I can take lol!

  35. Cecily R says

    HAHA! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been kicked out of my own bed…stinkers! And Jon, Mr. I-could-sleep-through-a-tornado himself, doesn’t notice a thing.

  36. HMMM, is this a boy thing? Joey does not sleep in his bed PERIOD! I would LOVE to know how to get my almost 6 year old to sleep in his bed ALONE all night long. I personally LOVE sleep and am a deep sleeper so I get to the point that I just want us all asleep and do not move the kids. I worry about rolling over on them. You are not alone. And here is to a good night sleep tonight.

  37. Mammatalk says

    Sleep? What’s that?

  38. That’s a great tribute to a good night’s sleep!

  39. Are You Serious! says

    β™₯ That was fun to read! Lane is my quiet walker he can sneak into my room wihtout me hearing him on occation and he can do it to his dad everytime. Of coures the man sleeps like a log so that doesn't surprise me. The other 3 I can hear the moment they get up! πŸ™‚

  40. This reminds me of my night last night. I am glad I am not the only one who has a child who climbs in bed with them. Mine is one and she cries and cries I go and get her and let her fall asleep again and think I will put her back. I do and she cries again. So what happens she stays. I love these moments because I know I will never get them back.

  41. Tiaras and Tantrums says

    aww – bedtime antics – I know this well!

  42. Kacey R. says

    Maybe we should just call eachother the next time this happens. I promise you, I’m up. lol

    Mmmm. I’m looking forward to two full nights of sleep this weekend. Because I’ll be in a hotel. WOOHOO!

    I’m wishing you a restful night!

  43. That sounds so familiar! My kids are always climbing in bed with us. I still haven’t figured out how to break them from it yet.

  44. texasholly says

    Wow…that is my life.

    I love sleep.

    Oh how I love sleep.

  45. Michelle says

    Oh goodness, how I don’t miss being woke up by the kids. Now I get woke up by my stinkin’ dogs. πŸ™‚

  46. I'm wondering if we'll ever miss the cramped nights of sleep with lots of legs, arms & heavy breathing all around. lol

  47. I'm wondering if we'll ever miss the cramped nights of sleep with lots of legs, arms & heavy breathing all around. lol

  48. Elaine A. says

    You know, they make such a big deal about how much sleep that you DON’T get when they are tiny babies but no one really talks about how it can go on and on and on – do they?

    Well, except for us Momman’s on our blogs… ; )

  49. ChefDruck says

    I have those nights too… you make me glad that I “only” have three!

    Amazingly well written for a middle of the night post!

  50. MoziEsmΓ© says

    Sounds like a nice cozy family night!

  51. Wow. And I thought it was bad having to share my bed with just one toddler every now and then. I think I would sleep on the couch if I were you.

  52. I am new to your bolg, just stopping to say “hi”. =)

    My girls just started sleeping through the night, I had almost forgotten what that was like! lol

  53. Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting says

    It’s days like this that we’ll remember these times and ache for those snoring, talking sleepy bodies filling our beds. You know we have a king and it isn’t big enough? If we upgraded, our bed would be the only thing in our room. Ah,sleep would be nice, though, eh?

  54. Oh yes, you can say that again!

  55. Stephanie says

    Thank goodness my twins are still in cribs! I hope you made it through the day with that lack of sleep…for me, sleep deprivation is worse than a hangover.

    86 Wow! I’m hoping for 60 later this week!

  56. We occasionally have one of those nights where 2, 3, 4, 5 kids end up in our room–makes for a bleary morning!


  57. Wifey Dessert says

    i love this story… i have a hard enough time sleeping with just me, the hubby and the cat lol…

  58. Brenda Jean says

    I can say that my boys, now 14 and 15 sleep thru the night. BAHAHAHAHA Emily just turned 9. She almost never sleeps through the night, and lately she sneaks up on me, is right at my face, and then talks. It scares the poop out of me! Her reasons vary, my blankets are messed up, I had a bad dream, my tummy hurts, my head hurts or this morning “I hit my head on the wall”. Okay…get in my bed. What the heck else do you say to that? BAHAHAHAHAHA

  59. Jojomama says

    Ahhh… the sleeplessness of motherhood. The problem here is that it is freezing and our furnace is out. Huddle time! We end up with all 3 boys crammed into our bed most nights. Its crazy- but some part of my mind realizes that these are the things we will miss some day.(=

  60. Mark and Kiss says

    That’s when I say thank goodness for king size beds, lol! I hope that you have gotten some sleep since you wrote this post… πŸ™‚ Squish those cute little sleepwalkers for me!

  61. Casey's trio says

    And this is the reason why my girls are still TRAPPED in their cribs! I only have about 5-6 months left of this security left though…big girl beds will happen around their 4th birthday.