Isla Jean, Living Arrows

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It feels like it’s a been a very long week.Β I don’t know what’s been going on with Isla this week but she has not been sleeping very well at all. And it’s killing me. So this weeks Living Arrows post is being fuelled by copious amounts of coffee and chocolate!

I think it’s a mix between teething and having a cold, but our darling Isla Bear has been pretty much waking up every half an hour for the last few nights, and only have an hour or less nap each day too. I think on the whole (with the exception of her being a pain to go to sleep) we have been fairly lucky with her sleeping. So this has hit us pretty hard, and we are both exhausted.
She’s not eating much at all at the moment, as in she has barely eaten anything since Friday. Even her beloved Melty Hoops aren’t really tempting her! So I’m sure the half hourly wake ups are also partly that she’s hungry too. After several feeds, a lot of moaning, wriggling, crying, and snot, and usually another bottle, she will finally settle a bit more. But it’s still exhausting!
On Sunday morning we were all up and pretty much ready to do whatever by just gone 9am (so unusual for us, we’re usually still in bed/asleep at that time!) I have joked that we could be at IKEA by the time it opens if we got ready to leave straight away. After Mum and Dad helped us to clean and sort the house lots last week we discussed (again) getting a new storage unit for the living room. We have very little storage in our house, and lots of stuff that needs storing!! So we thought we’d see what inspired us.
Part way there, we suddenly had the thought…“Does IKEA open at 10am or 11am on a Sunday?”Β  Turns out it’s 11am!
So we thought we’d go to Costco beforehand then as it was near IKEA. Turns out that doesn’t open til 11am either!
Double b*llocks!
So we decided to drive to IKEA anyway, and sat in the nearby car park with a McDonalds coffee until it opened, while Isla had a nap (yes, she’d been awake that long already, that she was already napping by 10am!)
As is usual when we go to IKEA, we spent a small fortune (nope, no tea lights bought either! I know, I’m the only person in history to have ever resisted!) But on the plus side, we have a new storage unit for the living room, as well as a new wardrobe for Chris (He has a tiny one, I have a massive double one to myself :D) So at some point we have got to find the time to put them all together, and the house will, hopefully, feel a bit more organised. I think it’s going to require a lot of rearranging of pictures around the house too, but I’m hoping in the long run it will be worth it and look good.
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This week’s Living Arrows picture is of Isla at IKEA. She seemed to love this cotbed. She climbed straight on to it, and even had a bit of a lie down! While Chris was busy looking at wardrobes (yes, in the kids section – they are much cheaper, and have better storage options in my opinion!) Isla found it immense fun to walk across the (very busy) walkway to get lots of cuddly toys, and bring them back to pile on this bed. I had to apologise profusely to a lot of people! It was pretty damn cute though!
She was exhausting in IKEA though, as she either wanted to walk, which is difficult in such a busy store, or be carried…only by me. Daddy would not suffice. And she is getting pretty darn heavy these days, for Isla anyway!Β *Note to self: next time you go to IKEA, take either the sling or the carrier!*
So how has your week been? Anyone else feeling extremely sleep deprived? Any magic tricks for helping a teething and snotty baby to sleep, and eat better?
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  1. Memeandharri

    August 14, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Oh lovely there is nothing worse that sleep deprivation – I have had sick little ones all weekend and I am feeling so grumpy about it all!!! I love a trip to Ikea!!! I hope this week is better for you all #livingarrows

  2. Muslim Mummy

    August 15, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Oh I remember the sleep deprived days! Hope she settles soon so you can get some decent sleep! She looks so cute in the cot bed!

  3. EssexKate

    August 15, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Definitely sounds like teething. When my girls have been really bad they always get snotty, aren’t interested in eating and sleep badly due to the pain. I end up relying on nurofen and hoping the darn things cut soon. I hope the sleep is better again soon.

  4. Donna

    August 15, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Kids and Ikea for me is like a combination from hell. I would much rather go by myself in the evening! Plus, the amount of times I have ended up outside shops far too early on a Sunday – I feel your pain x

  5. Kira

    August 15, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Sleep deprivation is horrible lovely , currently experiencing that myself πŸ™

  6. Claire

    August 16, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Sleep deprivation is the absolute worst! I love a good trip to IKEA but on Sundays I also struggle to remember the opening times x

  7. Babies and beauty

    August 16, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Sleep deprivation is an absolute killer, I still struggle now. But yay for resisting tea lights, I wish I did on our last visit

  8. evenangelsfall89

    August 16, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Ah how cute is that?! I haven’t risked going to IKEA with the kids but if I do I’ll bear this in mind! x

  9. angiemwebster77

    August 16, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    I hope Isla is feeling better soon, you can always tell when little ones are out of sorts can’t you. Ikea is like a black hole, it’s so hard not to buy loads in there. #LivingArrows

  10. Real Mum Reviews

    August 17, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Ha ha so cute that she liked it so much in the shop! I’d have so got a big breakfast whilst I was waiting

  11. whitecamellias

    August 20, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    I think we all hear you re sleep deprivation! Ikea and kids is my idea of hell #livingarrows

  12. Esther @ Inside Out and About

    August 20, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Oh gosh. Every half an hour is an absolute killer….whether you’re used to good sleep or not. That is awful. I really hope that it passes soon, and that she’s back to normal. I love IKEA…we always end up buying random, useful things! #LivingArrows x

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