‘Bedtime’ is the current buzzword in our household, with a seven month old that still isn’t sleeping it seems to be all we can talk about.
So I was amused that my first ‘blogging tag’ has come in the form of the Bedtime Tag.
Many thanks to my ‘local rival’ Left Back At Home for nominating me, I enjoyed reading yours.
My bedtime questions have been written as they would have been answered a year ago, when I was a jobseeking Mum-to-be.
- Describe your usual bedtime routine?
My boyfriend Luke and I will have dinner together and then watch some TV, usually ‘Britain on Benefits’ or some such cultural thriller.
Then he will head off to bed at around 10pm while I continue watching anything that is on, just to keep my mind occupied because I know if I go to bed, I won’t sleep.
Some nights are different, there might be an application that I want to get done so I’ll be up until the early hours making sure that is perfect.
- What are your favourite pyjamas?
My best friend bought me a pair of baggy, ‘boyfriend’ pyjama bottoms that I love to lay around in.
They’re perfect for days on the sofa and, if I’m honest, I’ll only get out of them if I have to visit someone about a job.
If they’re dirty, I steal my boyfriend’s actual pyjama bottoms, they do the same thing.
- What is your favourite bedtime reading?
Generally the same as during the day, I will be flicking through job adverts to see if there are any I want to apply for.
If I’ve exhausted all those options though I will turn to Cecelia Ahern’s ‘The Year I Met You’.
It’s about a girl who was made redundant and how she rebuilds her life after being forced to have some time off.
I find it inspirational, it’s like it was written for me!
- What would I find on your bedside table?
There is my book and a couple of magazines (Take A Break, That’s Life, anything to take my mind off things).
Lots of tissues because my allergies have gone crazy since I fell pregnant and obviously I can’t take any tablets.
A tub of biscuits for the early hour wake ups.
And the picture from the first scan of our baby.
- What scents make you sleepy?
I’m not sure there is anything, my Mum has recommended lavender to help me relax with all that’s going on but I haven’t tried it yet.
- What is your usual bed time and wake-up time?
I don’t have one at the moment and that’s probably not good for my concentration levels during the day.
I go to sleep when I’m tired, but that’s often not until very late, and I wake up whenever I wake up, but that’s often very late too.
Having said that, I get annoyed if I miss Jeremy Kyle, so 9:20 at the latest.
- What are your top 3 bedtime products?
I’m horrendous at having any kind of cleansing routine before bed.
I don’t wear make-up at the moment, because I have no need to whilst at home all day.
Nor do I don’t any creams, something I’m sure will come back to haunt me in the sleepless nights of my next twelve months.
- What is your most common sleeping position?
I have to sleep on my left hand side, my baby bump isn’t showing yet but it is already very uncomfortable for me to lay on my back and I daren’t lay on my front because I don’t want to hurt the baby (I know, I’m being silly).
I’ve already started wedging myself up with my maternity pillow because it’s so comfy, I might keep using it after I’ve had the baby!
- Do you have anything you like to take to bed with you?
I still have the teddy bear that my grandparents gave me when I was just a few weeks old, he is a constant comfort for me when I’m feeling low or scared.
People ask if I will give him to the baby but I just laugh – JoJo will still be sharing a bed with me when the baby is a teenager!
- What is your worse bedtime habit?
When I’m laid in bed at night I stare out of the window, watching the lights on the cars driving past and I just ‘think’, for hours.
I think about the day I was made redundant, I think about the jobs I’ve not heard back from, I think about how on earth I’m going to find a job in time before I am too far along in this pregnancy.
Bedtimes tend to drag for me.
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