Friday, 1 May 2015

5 survival tips for the day after the night before.

This is my boy as a baby, giving me the middle finger, he only sleeps when he wants to and not before.

We've all had them, I have them more often then not. The long drawn out days after nights of hell with our little shits darlings.

So here is my survival list for getting through the day when your a sleep deprived zombie parent and you still have to act like an actual human-being and function in normal society.

1) Caffeine - Lucozade / red bull / coffee - what ever works for you, get some! 

2) Dry Shampoo - It is a life savour.

3) A to do list - because you still have to do important shit even when you're sleep deprived and you wont remember even though you tell yourself that you will! I use my reminder list on my iPhone, for everything.

4) Junk food - yea I know its bad for you and all that crap, but sometimes only comfort food will do. For me this is: McDonald's, obviously. Anything with hot melted cheese, like enchiladas. Chocolate, lots of it. Cake it's hard to not smile at cake.  

5) Support, not just a good bra - You may want to lock yourself away, preferably in the dark with no human interaction but don't do it! Turning into a self pitying recluse doesn't help. My advice is to rant and moan out loud to anyone who will listen.

Places I've found comfort in my misery: Mumsnet, Twitter, blogging and the obvious friends and family.

My post on my own sleep deprivation

Here is a few posts on this sleep lark from the amazing The dad network

Need help getting your baby to sleep advice from sleep expert jo tantum

Help my baby doesnt sleep

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  1. From one sleep deprived parent to another - good tips! Thanks for sharing my posts too. Good luck! *zzzzzzzzzz

  2. Oh sleep deprivation! It's awful!
    I totally agree with your list, except I avoid caffeine, I shudder to think how much less sleep I would have got if Boo had got caffeine-laden breastmilk! Scary thought!
    Totally agree with the moaning to any one who will listen!!

  3. Nothing worse than sleep deprivation is there? I absolutely agree that a support network of people is a life-saver - it certainly got me through! Oh and chocolate/wine ;)

  4. Dry shampoo is my saviour... and lots of hot chocolate! #TheList

  5. I always want junk food when I am tired. Fab post lovely. Thanks so much for linking up to #TheList x

  6. Ooh yes junk food. Thankfully N was ok at sleeping once he'd hit 10 weeks, however, I get less sleep now than I did then, because I blog and don't go to bed til late! Oh and the 5.30am wake ups #myfavouritepost

  7. Oh gosh this brings back memories. I was soooo sleep-deprived in the first few months, that I vowed NEVER to have any more children haha. Still got the one :-P Totally agree with all your tips, especially the people one, it so helps to have a rant. I also slept in the day when baby slept, I just HAD to!! #MMWBH
    Sabrina x

  8. I am sleep deprived most days, and I know exactly where you are coming from. Great tips. Thanks for linking up with #myfavouritepost

  9. Funny and so true! Love twitter & other blogger moms are the best support group ever! #sharewithme

  10. Minus the caffeine for those breastfeeder and I love this!! So true. Bringing back newborn memories. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. I hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round #sharewithme