Sleep deprivation

Some of the many crazy/embarrassing/forgetful/bad-mummy things I have done through sleep deprivation!


Put shower gel in my hair, after I have washed it and only realised by the smell.

Tried to put the cereal in the fridge and the milk in the cereal cupboard.

Walked to school/opened the door with, delete as appropriate: bra straps undone/ top still pulled up/ boob on show.

Forgotten my kids names in mid conversation with other adults.

Burst into tears when someone asks if I am ok, or says you’re looking tired!

Resisted the massive urge to punch/give a sarky comment back to the well-meaning mums who ask if she is good? No she’s out partying all night!

Put blusher all over my face instead of bronzer.

Walked to school/gone out for the day with mascara on only one eye.

Stood waiting for my coffee when I haven’t pushed the button!

Used dry shampoo a little too much. White hair anyone?

Realised an hour away from home  that we have gone out for the day without a sling or the pram.

Mid change, realised that I haven’t put the wipes back in the changing bag before leaving the house. 

Not been able to sleep at night despite sleep deprivation, as my pillow is the place I suddenly remember all the things I have forgotten to do.

Forgotten to pack a change of clothes and baby is sick, or has a poonami.

Walked to the shop to get milk. Come back from the shop with biscuits, chocolate and no milk.

Forgotten what I am talking about half way through a sentence.

Cried like a toddler, for no other reason than being tired.

Got back from the school run and seen the football kit/lunch on the side. Had to go back out to drop it off.

Left the washing in the machine and had to rewash, not once but twice from forgetting to take it out.

Not known what day, month, year it is.

Read a text/message/tweet and replied to it, only in my head!

Put on odd socks and not even cared.

Please tell me I’m not the only one?

Disclaimer: I’m sure there are many, many more things, but I’m too tired to remember.

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  1. February 2, 2015 / 12:34 pm

    This made me chuckle. It all sounds so familiar x

  2. February 2, 2015 / 12:39 pm

    Eeek I’ve done a lot of these in the last few months without sleep deprivation!! Hmm perhaps instead of baby brain I have ‘bloggers’ brain lol! So busy writing blog posts in my head I keep forgetting ridiculous things and talking to myself in public *cringes* x Fab post 🙂
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  3. February 2, 2015 / 1:58 pm

    My favourite one that I did quite a lot in the first year of being a parent was putting orange juice on my cereal! Forgetting to put the kettle on, forgetting wet wipes, forgetting what I’m talking about, forgetting a change of clothes…yeah, I still do these 🙂 #MaternityMondays
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  4. February 2, 2015 / 7:58 pm

    hugs! And no you are definitely not the only one, i do so many of these too, plus many more but like you am too tired to remember them! What is it about suddenly remembering everything in bed and wasting your one opportunity to get some shuteye?? So frustrating! Thanks for linking with #MaternityMondays
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  5. February 2, 2015 / 8:26 pm

    Haha, yes to so many of these! Especially to replying to things only in your head – not good!
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  6. February 4, 2015 / 7:15 am

    Hilarious! Don’t worry you’re not alone! It’s been a while since I was really sleep deprived (Lamb is almost 2) so I’m a bit immune to broken sleep. However I will be sure to document the crazy things I do next time I have a baby! We have to see the funny side, right? 😉 Alex xx #mummymonday
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  7. February 5, 2015 / 12:00 pm

    hahaha I LOVE this…god bless you. As you know, it does get better but it just takes time. Hang on in there! xxx
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  8. Kohl Mama
    February 6, 2015 / 8:53 am

    bahahaha I was nodding all the way through! Yes I always answer the door to the poor (or lucky?!?) postman without doing my bra up. I’ve done the shower gel thing. I’m ALWAYS crying just because I’m tired and no other reason! Thanks for making me laugh! Xx

  9. February 6, 2015 / 8:19 pm

    I can put my name down to most of these, hehe, I went to my brothers wedding with nail varnish on one hand only… it wasnt even a neutral shade and I didn’t realise until we are sat there waiting for the bride to walk up the aisle. I am not sure it was tiredness, baby brain or both….
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  10. February 6, 2015 / 8:26 pm

    What a great post I certainly have experienced many of these and more. Oh the joys of sleep deprivation! Tanita x

  11. February 6, 2015 / 11:06 pm

    Oh love, it’s torture isn’t it?? I’ve done most of these – also left the groceries in the boot after shopping & left them there overnight. Opened the car the next day to be greeted with the overwhelming smell of rotten chicken 🙁 OMG the thought still makes me gag!!

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  12. February 7, 2015 / 10:27 pm

    Brilliant list for us all as we all can so relate. I have done so many of these myself and I continue to do it long after I have had sleep and my babies are toddlers. lol Where is my excuse now? Baby brain still possibly. Lovely post. Thank you ever so much for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme
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  13. February 8, 2015 / 8:43 pm

    Argh sleep deprivation is really the worst. It makes us do crazy crazy things. I’m more of an angry tired person “are you okay?” “DO I LOOK OK!!!” haha. Thankfully I’ve been getting plenty of sleep at the moment. Thanks so much for linking up #mummymonday co-host xx
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  14. March 21, 2015 / 7:51 pm

    Hell yeah… I’m there with these. The baby has had me up all night and the toddler has chicken pox. I can barely spell my own name yet today I decided to launch my own blog. Now THAT is irrational thinking!

  15. August 7, 2015 / 6:52 am

    Lol,I think I’ve done most of these too!The poor postman copped a look on many an occasion I was terrible for leaving 1 hanging out lol!I’ve also put my purse in the freezer x #picknmix
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  16. August 7, 2015 / 9:06 am

    ah yes, remember these days well! Bundle Number Two didn’t decide he liked sleep until fairly recently (he’s 22 months) I was in such a daze I cant even remember the things I did but I know forgetting teh changing bag was definitely one…! Great post #PicknMix x
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  17. August 7, 2015 / 9:41 am

    Haha! We have all been there that’s for sure! Sleep deprivation is definitely challenging! This post made me chuckle. Keep smiling!! #PicknMix

  18. August 7, 2015 / 10:22 am

    Oh dear Lord !!! Sleep deprivation ! there isn’t a parent alive who wouldn’t read that list with a slightly anguished, sympathetic smile on their face (or a rictus of terror lol)
    I have been a maternity nurse for 23 years….that is 23 years of newborn nights so I know a bit about sleep deprivation !!!
    As I am being paid I have to at least appear to be slightly more functional than the parents which I usually manage by copious list making, and prodded on by years worth of memories of that time I did forget the wipes/change of clothes/emergency bottle etc.
    The worst trick my brain plays on me is hiding words.
    I know what I want to say, but the odd word just totally vanishes from my version of the universe and I can’t finish my sentence. I just laugh and ask people to make some suggestions until I find a word that fits lol Funny, but embarrassing in more formal situations. Luckily most people understand the explanation of Babybrain !,
    Sarah x
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  19. August 7, 2015 / 12:49 pm

    Oh yes! I am definitely part of the ‘Sleep Deprivation’ club! I once found fabric condition in the fridge! My favourite is getting to the top of the stairs only to forget what I went upstairs for! Good exercise I suppose?
    Havent forgotten the baby yet though – lucky that! 🙂 #PicknMix
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  20. August 7, 2015 / 7:40 pm

    So true! I am constantly replying to texts in my head but not in real life… And one eye mascara’d is quite good going – I often forget both of them, which is quite a weird look when you have a full face of make up on and quite fair eyelashes…
    x Alice
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    • MummyandMonkeys
      August 15, 2015 / 8:43 pm

      Oh I do the same, looked in the mirror the other week and realised I had been walking about with eyeliner and no mascarra. My eyelashes are also fair x

  21. August 7, 2015 / 10:21 pm

    I’ve done many of these lol!! Not always sleep deprived even, just being a dozy cow. Am interested to know did you go out with a face full of blusher. That would make it even funnier. #picknmix
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    • MummyandMonkeys
      August 15, 2015 / 8:42 pm

      Luckily no I didn’t haha! That would have been interesting if I had done that. I’ve done so many more crazy things since writing this x

    • MummyandMonkeys
      August 15, 2015 / 8:39 pm

      We have done this too haha! Couldn’t believe it when we got back to the car x

  22. August 9, 2015 / 8:56 pm

    Oh sleep deprivation has hit our household! Rewashing the clothes is my current favourite! And going to the shops and not getting what I went ther for!
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    • MummyandMonkeys
      August 15, 2015 / 8:37 pm

      It’s so tough isn’t it. I’m still in it unfortunately and still doing the same things. I’m constantly forgetting where I have put stuff at the moment. x

  23. August 13, 2015 / 9:26 pm

    Yep, lots of truth there. I’ve tried to brush my teeth with hand soap before. Ah the life of a sleep deprived mama.

    • MummyandMonkeys
      August 15, 2015 / 8:32 pm

      Yuck, bet that was nice! I’ve done so many more things since I wrote this post x

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