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Sleeping through

Lizzie dressed up as a vet I’m not quite sure when it happened, but nowadays Lizzie sleeps through the night without waking up, most nights.

For many parents, this is a big deal. Disrupted sleep is one of the worst things about parenting, and there’s no shortage of books, guides and old wives’ tales with methods for ‘sleep training’.

We didn’t do any of that. We just accepted that we probably wouldn’t get uninterrupted sleep for a while, and hoped that Lizzie would get the idea eventually. Which she has.

Alas, whilst Lizzie now sleeps through, Christine often doesn’t (and, ergo, nor do I). She often has to go to the toilet in the middle of the night. Lizzie usually sleeps through this but I don’t.

We’re also still co-sleeping. I know it’s frowned upon in the western world, as there’s an increased suffocation risk, but there are ways of doing it safely. When Lizzie was a newborn, co-sleeping was one of the few ways that we could get her to go to sleep at night. We’veĀ got plans to get her into a cot, which is all ready for her in our bedroom, and hope to try this soon. Eventually, she’ll be in her own room, although that room needs extensive renovation first and won’t be ready until later in the summer.

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