I wake up at 4:30AM, cook our breakfast and prepare our breakfast and packed meal for hubby and RJ. After breakfast, I arrange hubby and RJ’s clothes, bags and things and make sure that they haven’t forgotten anything. Once I am left alone in the house, I clean all the litters and fix everything that hubby and RJ left in disarray. Then I cook my lunch (sometimes not and just have bread and a cup of good coffee) and ready myself to be in the mood for blogging. RJ arrives at 4:30PM and I now prepare her snack and at the same time, cook food for dinner. After eating, I wash the dishes and make sure that the kitchen is spick and span. Do you think my day ends there? Nope, I try to watch “Amaya” and read books (my favorite hobby). On weekends, I wash our clothes and iron them afterwards. Don’t get me wrong as I am not complaining. I just want to share my daily routine to justify the picture below.
The other evening, while hubby is using the computer, all he can hear (according to him) in the living room is the sound of the television and he assumed that I and RJ are just watching our favorite TV show. He took a quick look and found RJ sleeping already and me reading a book…and so hubby thought. After a closer look, maybe because of sheer exhaustion, my physical being can’t take it anymore. My body wanted some rest and sleep was the only remedy.
sleeping soundly with Mary Higgins Clark book on my lap…
Hubby got his cellphone and took this picture. He believes that a Super Mom needs souvenir…a proof that indeed I am a Super Mom. Well, that’s what hubby proudly said.
We are very lucky that RJ didn’t give us any trouble when it comes to sleeping since she was a baby. She started to have normal sleeping pattern when she was 1 month old. We were just playing her CD of lullaby that lulled her to sleep. She is a self-soother since toddler, meaning she falls asleep on her own as long as she has her snoopy to cover her face.
Hmmm…seems she got this bedtime habit from hubby. Rhonnel cannot sleep without a pillow on his face and this heart-shaped one is his favorite.
Sleeping habits are bedtime routines to condition ones self to sleep. This is common in children. Most kids need to be soothed or cuddled before they can go to sleep. This can help mommies in the long run as it will teach the child to be self-soother. However, some bedtime habits become lifetime habits like scratching the back, running the fingers on the hair, rubbing the earlobe, rubbing the feet on something rough, etc., so these soothers must be avoided.
It is important for the children to be self-soother because they will be able to go back to sleep on their own when they wake up in the middle of the night and mommies can have enough sleep too. When a mother is deprived from sleep, there can be mood disturbance, daytime fatigue and decreased level of effective parenting. Lacks of sleep is also a risk factor for child abuse and have secondary effects on parents and family. (source)
It can also help if you avoid letting your children sleep extremely late at night. Instead, encourage reading, chatting about the day or other soothing activities 30 minutes before bedtime. To establish a bedtime routine, just be sure to do the same things in the same order every night and be consistent.