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Sleeping Through

Written by: wme_admin | Date: 21/12/2015

I haven’t wanted to admit this as I fear saying it out loud may jinx me, but I think my children now sleep through the night!?!?!

This is, as it is for pretty much every mum in the land, a long time coming and a big fat relief. For me the sleep deprivation started nearly 4 years ago when I was pregnant with Miss 3.

Pregnancy insomnia is so stupid!

Why our bodies do this to us is beyond me. People tell me that it is the body’s way of preparing us for the sleeplessness that comes with caring for a newborn.

Maybe…..

I mentioned it to my Obstetrician at the time and he just laughed at me. So I am guessing there is little scientific proof to the theory.

There is however, proof that as an older mum (I was 40 when I fell pregnant to Miss 3) you get a lot more tired than your younger counterparts. So being a clinical geriatric mum, suffering pregnancy insomnia and newborn baby related sleep deprivation and having a mere 7 months between pregnancies left me slightly (understatement) bonkers.

There were days where I had such little sleep my vision blurred, my bones ached and I just wanted to fall in a heap and cry. Every night I would go to bed and pray that tonight would be the night that I got a refreshing night’s sleep. I even went to the doctor to talk about coping strategies, but sadly there are none. Sure, I could take a sleeping pill and let Daddy look after the wake ups, but I was so overwrought with lack of sleep that sleeping pills didn’t work very well and the girls would generally wake me up before they’d every wake Mr Heavy Sleeper.

So, in the end I decided to do the only thing I could do, suck it up! So suck it up I did. I tried my hardest to ignore my blurred vision and aching bones and stop moaning about it and just get on with it. Don’t get me wrong, it was easier said than done, but complaining about it just made it worse and focussed on the negative.

During this time, I also continued to work on teaching the girls to sleep. The older one was taught how to think positive thoughts to self settle. Thoughts like if she ran an ice cream factory what flavours would she make, or how she could build the biggest sandcastle in the world. You know, fun and happy stuff.

With Miss 2, who is my greatest challenge, I tried the sleep school style patting and shooshing, the slowly walking out of the room and shooshing, sitting at the end of her bed and shooshing, sitting on a footstool and shooshing. Now I am the loudest and most powerful shoosher in town!

But somehow it all worked!! My efforts over the toughest of years paid off. Plus time.

So now it has been over a week where I put the girls to bed and they fall asleep and wake up AFTER the sun rises.

Woooohoooo!

For all those mums out there who aren’t quite at the this turning point, let me just tell you, it is a wonderful feeling getting a good nights sleep night after night. One night is lovely, but lots of nights in a row puts you in a different dimension. Everything just seems brighter and happier and shinier. I would also like to say that you too will get there, and whenever that time is, I hope you feel as thrilled by back to back good nights sleep as I am.

So it’s happy days for me right now. Very happy days indeed.

Melissa via Mum’s Say (Kidspot)

The baby bean bag is a fantastic new concept that is a great alternative to a bouncer. An item that will grow with my daughter for years to come.
The product has been well researched and the workmanship/fabric is of high quality.

Melissa via Mum's Say (Kidspot)

KJ Essentials
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2016-01-15T03:06:44+00:00

Melissa via Mum's Say (Kidspot)

The baby bean bag is a fantastic new concept that is a great alternative to a bouncer. An item that will grow with my daughter for years to come. The product has been well researched and the workmanship/fabric is of high quality.

Kelly S via Facebook

What fantastic service! Ordered my beanbag and lamb rug bundle on Monday & it arrived this morning (Thursday), thank you! I really liked being kept up to date with the delivery process 😊 can't wait to give it to my sister at her baby shower next weekend!
KJ Essentials
5.0
2016-05-27T11:38:32+00:00
What fantastic service! Ordered my beanbag and lamb rug bundle on Monday & it arrived this morning (Thursday), thank you! I really liked being kept up to date with the delivery process 😊 can't wait to give it to my sister at her baby shower next weekend!

Jessica, Picton

I just want to thank you for you super fast postage of "ewan the sleep sheep ' 😀 love it ! And your personalised note topped it off 😀 Great quality, great service

Jessica, Picton

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2016-01-15T03:09:40+00:00

Jessica, Picton

I just want to thank you for you super fast postage of "ewan the sleep sheep ' 😀 love it ! And your personalised note topped it off 😀 Great quality, great service

‘Orlsy’ Carrum Downs, Vic

I purchased a gorgeous blue bean bag for my friend at work.
I was able to pick up the bean bag, already filled, en-route to the baby shower!
The mum-to-be absolutely loved the bean bag, and her little boy looks divine in it now!
Highly recommended :)

'Orlsy' Carrum Downs, Vic

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2016-01-15T03:06:21+00:00

'Orlsy' Carrum Downs, Vic

I purchased a gorgeous blue bean bag for my friend at work. I was able to pick up the bean bag, already filled, en-route to the baby shower! The mum-to-be absolutely loved the bean bag, and her little boy looks divine in it now! Highly recommended :)

Mel, Albion Park, NSW

I have just received my parcel I ordered from you less then 24hrs ago!

I also wanted to thank you for the amazing service you provide, and the quality of products you supply.
I was desperate to have my purchase delivered before friday and with your advice and assistance you made this possible.

Thank you once again for all that you do for your customers, you obviously have a great passion for what you do and your customer base.
KJ Essentials
5.0
2016-04-27T12:03:16+00:00
I have just received my parcel I ordered from you less then 24hrs ago! I also wanted to thank you for the amazing service you provide, and the quality of products you supply. I was desperate to have my purchase delivered before friday and with your advice and assistance you made this possible. Thank you once again for all that you do for your customers, you obviously have a great passion for what you do and your customer base.

Tegan B via Facebook reviews

I have bought a beanbag, elephant playmat and the owl nightlight. They're all amazing quality!

Perfect for my little grey and white nursery.

I couldn't be happier with my purchases.

The option of afterpay is brilliant and takes away a lot of stress, shipping is fast .

Not to mention; It feels even better buying from an Australian owned business. (Complete with a hand written thank you note from Kelly on the invoice)

I would recommend this company to anyone.
KJ Essentials
5.0
2017-02-20T10:01:37+00:00
I have bought a beanbag, elephant playmat and the owl nightlight. They're all amazing quality! Perfect for my little grey and white nursery. I couldn't be happier with my purchases. The option of afterpay is brilliant and takes away a lot of stress, shipping is fast . Not to mention; It feels even better buying from an Australian owned business. (Complete with a hand written thank you note from Kelly on the invoice) I would recommend this company to anyone.

Janine, Salisbury, SA

I bought the KJ Essentials plush lamb play mat for my little girl and it is one of our favourite things!

We love that you can just throw it in the wash so that she always has a clean soft place to lie and play on.

It is awesome for tummy time as the non slip backing keeps it in place while she is rocking and rolling and head banging and the padding stops her from knocking her head every time she drops it.

When we aren't using it, we keep it her nursery for looks - it is the cutest floor rug!

We also take it to places like mothers group meetings and to grans so that we know
she has a home comfort that is safe and hygenic and comfy

Kidspot Independent Review

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2016-01-15T03:08:03+00:00

Kidspot Independent Review

I bought the KJ Essentials plush lamb play mat for my little girl and it is one of our favourite things! We love that you can just throw it in the wash so that she always has a clean soft place to lie and play on. It is awesome for tummy time as the non slip backing keeps it in place while she is rocking and rolling and head banging and the padding stops her from knocking her head every time she drops it. When we aren't using it, we keep it her nursery for looks - it is the cutest floor rug! We also take it to places like mothers group meetings and to grans so that we know she has a home comfort that is safe and hygenic and comfy

Niky, Norville QLD

My little one loves his teddy bear play mat and sleeps on it all the time.

Basically anytime he's sleeping while I'm not in bed, he's on his bear mat.

Ever since he got it he doesn't like sleeping in his bouncer anymore.

Thank you for such great service and all your help with phone calls and holding products ect and super fast delivery as well.
KJ Essentials
5.0
2016-08-31T10:20:41+00:00
My little one loves his teddy bear play mat and sleeps on it all the time. Basically anytime he's sleeping while I'm not in bed, he's on his bear mat. Ever since he got it he doesn't like sleeping in his bouncer anymore. Thank you for such great service and all your help with phone calls and holding products ect and super fast delivery as well.

SH, Marookna, QLD

Beautiful bean bag and great quality too.
I am so very happy with my purchase.
Thanks for the quick delivery too.

SH, Marookna, QLD

KJ Essentials
5.0
2016-01-15T03:04:57+00:00

SH, Marookna, QLD

Beautiful bean bag and great quality too. I am so very happy with my purchase. Thanks for the quick delivery too.

Trish, Clayton, Vic

Kelly I cannot thank you enough for your assistance and patience.
Your after sales service was brilliant. If only all businesses could provide the
same level of after sales service life would be so much easier.
Especially when you are a tired and confused new mum!

Trish, Clayton, Vic

KJ Essentials
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2016-01-15T03:07:04+00:00

Trish, Clayton, Vic

Kelly I cannot thank you enough for your assistance and patience. Your after sales service was brilliant. If only all businesses could provide the same level of after sales service life would be so much easier. Especially when you are a tired and confused new mum!

Judy, Hampton, Victoria

I bought this bag for when my granddaughter comes over to play.
She loves to sit in it on the back porch and watch the birds in the trees.

Judy, Hampton, Victoria

KJ Essentials
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2016-01-15T03:05:43+00:00

Judy, Hampton, Victoria

I bought this bag for when my granddaughter comes over to play. She loves to sit in it on the back porch and watch the birds in the trees.

Courtney, Cambridge Gardens, NSW

I just wanted to say a huge 'thank you' for my lovely chevron beanbags for my twin boys which arrived today!

I only ordered them on Monday night and was thrilled to receive them today! (I live in the Sydney region).

Excellent service, super speedy delivery and a gorgeous product!

Will definitely be recommending you to my friends 😀😀

Robin, Cargenie, Victoria

KJ Essentials
5.0
2015-12-21T10:15:37+00:00

Robin, Cargenie, Victoria

I just wanted to say a huge 'thank you' for my lovely chevron beanbags for my twin boys which arrived today! I only ordered them on Monday night and was thrilled to receive them today! (I live in the Sydney region). Excellent service, super speedy delivery and a gorgeous product! Will definitely be recommending you to my friends

Katrina

Thank you Kelly for your wonderful customer service, responsiveness to my enquiries and beautiful products.
You have been an absolute pleasure to deal with and I highly recommend your online store.
I love my little photo albums (and other keepsakes) and I am sure I will be able to fill them very quickly with pictures of my little girl. Thank you again.

Katrina

KJ Essentials
5.0
2016-01-15T03:09:22+00:00

Katrina

Thank you Kelly for your wonderful customer service, responsiveness to my enquiries and beautiful products. You have been an absolute pleasure to deal with and I highly recommend your online store. I love my little photo albums (and other keepsakes) and I am sure I will be able to fill them very quickly with pictures of my little girl. Thank you again.
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