Last night, BB couldn’t sleep, again. And by couldn’t sleep, I mean he was wide awake, like an insomniac who hasn’t slept properly for years, or a coffee addict who’s been injecting caffeine intravenously.
His eyes would flutter shut for half-a-second, then spring open again. Every time I thought he’d drifted off, it was such a feather-light sleep that he’d awaken the moment I moved a finger. Eventually, his eyelids stopped looking heavy and remained wide open, as though propped apart by matchsticks.
I gave up and let him come downstairs. We’re fighting jet lag, after all, and the time shift means we’re trying to get the boys to sleep before their bodies think it’s bedtime (kind of like trying to turn the tide).
This was about 10pm.
“I’ll fall asleep in front of the TV mummy,” he promised, with a smile.
At 2am, we were still downstairs.
I know, I was gullible. I should have known the TV would just be bonus stimulation time for him, but I couldn’t let him start making a racket upstairs as LB and DH were already sleeping.DH had gone to bed at about 7.30pm, as from 1.30am he was on stand-by. He doesn’t have to be awake to be on night-time stand-by – it just means he has to be rested enough to be able to fly, if needed – with the phone by the bed obviously.
I must admit, when he cheerily called it a day at 7.30pm, there was a bit of me that thought, “Hmpph, they won’t call him. He’ll get the best night’s sleep, ever.”
But, I was wrong. At 2am, he got sent to China.
As his suitcase clunked down the stairs, I looked at DH with surprise – and he, in return, looked at BB with surprise.
“He can’t sleep,” I sighed, our tired, ashen faces lit up by the glow coming from Disney Junior on the TV.
With three out of four of us up, we saw DH off, then I took BB upstairs and told him he could sleep in the big bed (mistake no. 2).
Five minutes later, there were three in the bed. LB was up too and they were fighting for pole position next to me.
“Go to sleep, both of you,” I growled. “It’s nearly 3. Mummy needs to sleep, now.”
Miraculously, they did fall asleep before too long – and I crept stealthily out of the room and straight into BB’s empty bed.
Oh the joys of musical beds at 3am! It’ll be melatonin jet-lag tablets all round tonight.