My Unsleeping Beauty


The other day, my good friend talked about her tiny tots sleeping for more than 12 hours. I am surprised and jealous. Not sure though which came first.

“Really?” I asked. “Do you give them sleeping syrup?” I was rude and she was shocked.

“Nooooooooo!” That was the longest no I had ever heard. Thought it wouldn’t end. Finally, “Why should I? They sleep on their own.”

See, now that’s where my problem starts.

Little Aanya was never a good sleeper to begin with. Though it didn’t bother me initially, later I started noticing that her sleep had reduced further even with a spurt in her daily activities. I have known teenagers to sleep for twelve hours while my toddler sleeps for tens hours tops. Is it normal?

And before you ask me, I have already talked to her pediatrician who sees nothing wrong with her.

“Is she bright and active after her sleep?” He asks.

I nod. “Then she is not sleep-deprived. Her body requires only these many hours of sleep.”

Believe me at that point, I felt like shouting, “Why God? Why me? It’s so unfair?”

How do I think of ways to keep her engaged for two more hours when my body is craving for that much-denied rest or when my mind is itching for some fun and relaxation?

It takes me an hour to put her to sleep at the end of which I realize I am almost asleep while my little princess is merrily singing her nursery rhymes at the top of her lungs.

And before I finish, I would like to apologize to all those friends and family who I might have ridiculed on such plight in my pre-motherhood era. Now, I sympathize with all those parents who go through the same.



4 thoughts on “My Unsleeping Beauty

  1. We found an android App that detects when baby is crying and automatically sing mother’s recorded song(lullaby). Its called Mom247, very useful for babies that cries frequently at night.

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