Dubai's Desperate Housewife

Trials and traumas of a full-time mum in Dubai

The early-morning wake-up (again… and again…)

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My day started this morning, as it does every morning, with the pitter-patter of three-year-old feet on the landing. Then a thunk as a water cup was plonked on my bedside table, followed by a small elephant clambering over my shins as DS climbed over me into the middle of our bed.

I wish.

In that respect, today was no different to any other day.

Only today, I noticed that, as the little visitor arrived, it was still dark.


“DS! It’s still night-time!” I hissed, trying not to wake DH. You lie still and go to sleep! Or else!”

“Yes, mummy,” he whispered, settling his head on my pillow and hugging his teddy.




Looking back, I don’t know why I thought a boy who’d woken up at 4.30am was going to go back to sleep when it’s perfectly usual for him sometimes to wake up at 5.15am. But, somehow, optimist that I am, I was hoping that, if he was ensconced in our cosy bed, he might actually sleep till 7am, which would give me enough sleep to make me feel like a new person.

With hindsight, what I should have done is put him straight back into his bed, tie him in it, turn off the monitor and lock his bedroom door.

Then I might have had a chance of tackling the day with some degree of competence instead of driving to the wrong summer school at 9am this morning then getting in a wiggle because I was too tired to figure out how to get back to the right one.

Anyway, as I’ve told DS: One more morning like that and he’s on his own. I’m checking into a hotel. Seriously.


Written by mrsdubai

August 27, 2012 at 7:44 pm

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  1. Ha ha, that’s exactly what happened this morning at 455am…..Thankfully she fell asleep in a half hour nestled between us in our bed, and then woke up before us again at 7am, and started kissing us to wake us up :-))


    September 22, 2012 at 8:10 pm

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