The Little Lilypad is a lifestyle blog mostly written by a mum to two beautiful, cheeky and entertaining daughters. It is sometimes written by the Man on the Pad or by one of our baby bloggers. Occasionally we accept guest posts too. There is frequently talk of shoes and clothing (we love fashion and savvy shopping), chocolate (who doesn't love chocolate) education and swimming (we love this too). It is hopefully helpful, sometimes funny and always honest.
I know it is only the start of November and a Christmas wish list may sound a little presumptuous but let me tell you why. The last week has been a merry go round of illness. The littlest member of the Lilypad family has been poorly and once again sleep deprivation has hit. I can never fathom the saying "sleep like a baby", as babies rarely sleep soundly, especially when they are in your bed resembling something akin to a starfish.
So my Christmas Wish List is very simple (albeit a little predictable) but all I wish for is a Silent Night ....
Unfortunately, this may mean a bigger bed and I have been stalking the internet looking at things to add to my wish list. My mood board from TJ Hughes is a work in progress, especially as I am always changing my mind but I love that we could all snuggle up in this bed on a weekend morning and let the children watch their shows while I grab an extra 5 mins *cough*, I mean read the morning papers.
I always say that you can cope with anything if you have had sleep ...... I just need to rid our house of this horrid bug and remind my girls that their own beds are just as nice as ours! Or maybe I should just get some children's bunk bed's so that they can sleep together!
Do your little ones want to sleep with you when they are poorly?
Disclosure : This featured post is brought to you in association with T J Hughes. All moans about sleep deprivation are our own!
My blogging mojo has been a little sporadic lately and this has more to do with a lack of sleep than a lack of blogs! Its ironic that with the amount of hours we have been awake, that I dont have blog posts coming out of my ears but it is official, the littlest member of the Lilypad family has decided that sleep is for the weak.
Our little angel is totally adorable, a complete cutie and a true gift to our family. She is interesting, funny, chatty and gorgeous but apparently she likes an early morning party. Everyone tells you that no two children are the same but with my first daughter being a text book baby, sleeping 7pm to 7am, I was quietly smug in my abilities to create a routine and I will hold my hands up and say I was so wrong. (This maybe the only time you ever hear me utter these words, so it maybe wise to keep this blog post).
In the early hours of this morning I was woken with the little lady shouting me to "come get me" and once my eyes were open, I automatically reached for my phone to check the time and saw that I had emails, messages and social media notifications. Now admitedly I should have be wondering why I was getting all these messages in the middle of the night but you have to be thankful for a permanent broadband connection eh? Technology is such a big part of our everyday life now, it seems crazy to think that it doesn't seem all that long ago I was using a dial up on the computer to access the internet once a day.
But I digress .... I sometimes think that the light nights have woken the little one, so as the dark nights draw in more and more, maybe we might just get a little more sleep. Although with the threatened power black outs, it looks like we might all be in the dark ..... which might also put an end to the midnight emailing too!
Disclaimer : This post is brought to you in association with Virgin Media.
It fascinates me that different people need different amounts of sleep and can sleep so differently too. I am a really deep sleeper, I can place my head on the pillow, fall asleep and be snoring within seconds and my eldest daughter is very much the same. However my other half and youngest daughter take time to wind down and both need complete darkness to prepare themselves for sleep, so when we were asked to take part in a sleep study by Silent Night, we leapt at the chance.
Research by the US National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) has found that sleep appears necessary for our nervous systems to work properly. Deep sleep coincides with the release of growth hormone in children and young adults with many of the body's cells also show increased production and reduced breakdown of proteins during deep sleep.
So how do we sleep in our house?
Apparently a new baby typically results in between 400-750 hours of lost sleep for parents in the first year and my other half would argue that this isn't restricted to the first year. My youngest daughter has never been the best sleeper and when she is poorly, it seems that sleep literally goes out of the window. Our "typical" night is usually broken by a toilet break or one wake up at the very least!
We were sent the Tempur-Pedic Sleep Mask and whilst I was dying to try it, the man on the Lilypad needs to sleep easier and as it conforms to the contours of your face, I felt it was only fair to let my other half try it out. I am not suggesting for one moment that he has big ears but the sleep mask has a really good strap that does not hurt the ears as it has high enough placement and soft material. Being a typical woman, I had to check it out myself (when he wasn't looking) but it seems really durable and there are no edges that could fray over time.
A sleep mask is never going to be the most glamorous bedtime accessory and with small children, managing to stay in bed for the whole evening is a successful night's sleep in our book but the Tempur Pedic Sleep Mask did mean that if my other half was repeatedly getting out of bed, he was enveloped in darkness as soon as his head lay back down again, which helped to ease him back into slumber.
Sleep accessories are good but for me, nothing beats a good bed and I can be terribly grouchy if I haven't had my 8 hours sleep (I think my grouchiness levels have increased since I am repeatedly woken up pre 6am). Part of the Silentnight Sleep Study reveals that many of us are victims to others' tired and irritable behaviour through lack of sleep.
84% have been on the receiving end of someone who is tired and irritable
Over half have been victim to rude and irrational behaviour from tired folk
30% have ignored irrational behaviour from someone who is tired
87% said ill manners and queue jumping topped the poll for getting us in a bad mood after a good night's sleep
15% take their lack of sleep out on others on the road
Silentnight know how important sleep is and want to help make all our daily commutes and routines as easy as possible by providing a range of comfortable mattresses for all different types of sleepers, to have a good night's sleep. After all, 80 per cent of people sleep better on a new mattress. (wow, that is a major statistic!)
A good night's sleep has become like the holy grail in our house, what with light sleepers, snoring, toilet breaks, poorly little ones and sleepwalking children but sometimes, just sometimes (maybe with a little help) we get that elusive silent night.
What helps you go to sleep?
Disclaimer : We were sent the Tempur Pedic Sleep Mask for the purpose of the sleep study.
When I was in junior school, I was asked to draw a picture of my favourite place in the world. I drew my bed.
I have always loved my bedroom, if everyone else is out for the evening I won't snuggle up on the sofa, I always climb into bed and read, work or sleep. My bedroom therefore has to be a haven of opulence, serenity with a little sassy thrown in. Unfortunately with two small children it is a little less serene and a little more second grade with baby wipes adorning my bedside cabinet rather than gorgeous table lamps.
So when I saw that Debenhams have a fabulous competition where you select a range of products to create your perfect bedroom from their website and then combine them to create a mood board, I thought it was a great chance to indulge myself. The only restriction is that you have to do it within a budget of £5000. The winner, chosen by judges from Mammasaurus and Love Chic Living, will receive a amazing £500 worth of Debenhams vouchers to spend on anything they like! Sounded like a challenge to me.
So if I take the influence of two small children out of the equation and am let loose with what I want on my bedside table, then this is what it would be:
Debenhams Cotton 'Oxford' two drawer bedside chest- £176
Table lamp - £198
Gray throw pillow - £25
Grey 'Mayfair' bed linen - £88
We Love Cushions We Love Cushions' Pets Rock Breakfast Cat Cushion 48 - £35
The room would have aubegine accents (my mom would say purple) and as our cat likes to sleep on our bed so much, I thought the cat cushion would either give her some company (or competition).
I love the delicate etched glass table lamps and a proper dressing table but the thing I love the most is the ottomon style bed. The reason? I can stash away all my shoes under that bed and no one will ever know how many I own ..... ssshhhhh!
So out of my £5000 budget, I only spent just over £2000 which in my eyes means that I have more money to spend on shoes!
This is my entry into the Debenhams Dream Bedroom Competition.