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Sleepless Nights, Temper Tantrums, & Christmas Traditions!

The honest, refreshing, heart-warming parenting blog you've been waiting for... Follow Pamela as she navigates unknown territories as a mom of 3!

My toddler has been sent here to destroy me! It's no joke at this stage - I'm 99.9% sure he's got a sleep allergy.

He is now waking more at night than he did as a newborn and it's because he is cutting those dreaded molars that seem to take an age to actually pierce the gum! I could cry with the tiredness. Because not only has he been waking constantly and taking a good 15 minutes to settle each time (an extremely unpleasant 15 minutes the past week or so considering how cold some of the nights have been!) but he's also an early riser!!! *Insert horrified emoji here*

Any parent who has been gifted with an early riser will know what I'm talking about here. Our eldest son was, and unfortunately still is an early riser. When I say early I mean 5 am is morning to these kids. Now I know it could be worse, we went through a really bad patch back in 2013 when I was pregnant with our second child when Will thought 3.30am was a suitable time to tackle the day!

Here we are 4 years later experiencing some serious deja vu!!

What's really funny are the similarities between Will and Ben. Both like to wake early. Both walked early. Both of them were slow to talk. Both of them intensely disliked sleeping at night! I'm hoping this means Ben will grow into a mostly easy child - unlike my middle son Jamie who... has his moments, to say the least! The threenager phase is still very much a part of the daily grind.

In fairness to him, he is great for entertaining himself and is mostly good (ish) but he has an uncanny knack for breaking down into hysterical tantrums in public places. As in, you know that advert with the kid bawling in the supermarket and the mother calls his bluff by throwing herself into a hissy fit on the floor? Well, I envision that happening between Jamie and I on any given trip to the shops! I've been mere seconds from making it a reality.

Thankfully he's an angel in Montessori meaning that, thus far, I haven't been called in to talk about any misbehaviour. I'll take that as a win!! And as for Will, who's now in Senior Infants, well we have his Parent/Teacher meeting next week so only time will tell as to how he's faring though I do believe he's quite the little suck up, God love him.

Luckily we're back to that festive time of year once more. I'm not above reminding the boys that Santa has a Naughty List and a Nice List - and I'm living for the day our Elf on the Shelf 'Happy' comes to visit. He IS Santa's eyes and ears after all!!

And while on the topic of Santa, I am so excited right now! We actually just posted the boys Santa letters earlier this evening. I started a tradition in 2012 for Will's first Christmas where we put the letters on the hearth of the fire and the Elves come to get them at night while everyone is sleeping. 

We put a sprinkling of flour on the hearth and they run downstairs the next morning to check if the Elves have left footprints (which, of course, they have!!) Needless to say, I'm excited for the reaction awaiting me tomorrow! And over the next couple of weeks in general. I adore the run-up to Christmas - once I'm organised that is, so on that note, I'm off to continue with my current addiction which is creating price comparison lists. I love a bargain - almost as much as I love Christmas!!


About the Author

Pamela O'Rourke is a full time wife and mother. She loves to spend her days helping to build her sons' imaginations and shaping them into the men they will someday become. When she has a spare moment or two she enjoys planning the family's next trip to their favourite place on earth, Walt Disney World!

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