Well this is exciting (for me at least!) – it is my first ‘tag’.

Recently I read a conversation on a parent blogger forum (no – not the one where they swear a lot and are mean to each other!) about tagging, and so I commented that I was keen for one of my own posts to be tagged, so that more people could read what I had to say.  Embarrassingly, this newbie blogger was kindly told it didn’t work quite like that! Actually a tag is a series of questions that someone, somewhere has posed and they are answered by tagged people, then passed on through the blogging networks.  So, in a way, it is about getting more people interested in your writing, but it is all in response to a common theme.

At least I think that’s what it is all about – so with thanks going to @Readyforacuppa for my tag, here are my responses:

  1. Describe your usual bedtime routine.

Where do I start…if we are talking about ‘the’ bedtime routine, this starts at 6pm with my baby boy, who is bathed, fed and put to bed, followed my other two boys with their baths and books.  By this point I am so exhausted that my bedtime routine finally starts at about 8.30pm, with a nice, long soak in a Molton Brown-filled bath. (The best bubble bath ever!) I used to read a book in the bath, but since my third boy arrived this had to stop, as I have almost dropped a number of books, and even my kindle, in the bath, when I have found myself drifting off!

Once I am clean, relaxed and a little wrinkled, it is dinner time, followed by a late evening watching trashy TV.  Give me a bit of TOWIE, CBB and other ‘reality’ crap and I am a happy lady.  Escapism at its finest.  I remember my dad once questioning my viewing choices “as an intelligent woman” and I explained that it is all about watching mind-numbing TV to do just that – numb my mind after a busy day.  It really works – you must try it!

Bedtime actually takes place sometime near to midnight, which is crazy for a mum of a new baby, but there is method in my madness.  My evenings, when children are sleeping, are such chilled-out, lovely times, that I make them last longer than is probably sensible!

  1. What are your favourite pyjamas?

These ones!

Not only are they snuggly and warm, but they are flattering too (as much as PJs can be!)  They are not quite suitable for the school run, but I have considered it! And to top it off, they have a motivational, aspirational, ponderable slogan ‘We’re all made of stardust’.  (Yes – I made up the word ‘ponderable’, meaning something you can ponder and think about – I think it can catch on!)  I am not entirely sure this slogan is true, as I haven’t researched stardust or the origins of humans, but I like it, so there!

  1. What is your current bedtime reading?

‘How to talk so kids will listen and how to listen so kids will talk’.  Yes – it is a long-shot, pathetic attempt to address my seven-year old’s wayward behaviour, but it was recommended and I am willing to try anything!  And so far, it’s quite good.  Or at least, I recognise that I do all the things it says I shouldn’t do, so I just need to do the things it says I should do, and all will be well with the world! It does of course require my husband to read it too, so we can deliver joined-up parenting (ha – as if!) and needs me to actually remember the strategies for longer than it takes my bath to empty, but one step at a time eh!

  1. What would I find on your bedside table?

Oh dear – who knew this question would be so personal?  My bedside table currently houses my ‘special machine’ which delivers electric shocks to my private parts (and not in a good way!) in order to help to heal a special type of prolapse! (For more details please click here!).  There is also a ‘Mike from Monsters Inc’ nightlight, stolen from my older boy’s room, since our baby boy’s cot is still in our room, and turning on the normal bedside light in the middle of the night is far too blinding. Add to that a number of the baby’s cuddly toys, which I take out of the cot each night as I am paranoid he will try to eat them and choke on them, and the some hand cream and a box of tissues, and that is the table pretty much full!

  1. What scent makes you sleepy?

Molton Brown’s Ylang-Ylang relaxing bubble bath – the purple one.

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  1. What is your usual bedtime and wakeup time?

Midnight (ish) to bed and 7am wake up – although we are currently operating on MMT (maternity mean time!), so there is no pressure to get to work on time.  I just need to be ready enough to throw the boys out of the front door in time for school (we live next-door-but-one to their school, so that is a precious time-saver!)

  1. What are your top three bedtime products?

Molton Brown bubble bath (no – I do not have shares in the company, but I wish I did!), chocolate and milk.  All of these are about evening relaxing, indulgence and enjoyment!

  1. What is your most common sleeping position?

Definitely on my front.  I really missed this when I was pregnant, and even though it is sometimes a little uncomfortable if the booby milk builds up overnight (#breastfeeding dilemmas), it is still my position of choice.

  1. Do you have anything you like to take to bed with you?

Errr – no!

  1. What is your worst bedtime habit?

My worst habit is going to bed too late, because I have watched too much rubbishly-good TV (yes, another made up word – I should get my own branded dictionary!) or because I have been on social media, trying to work out how to increase my DA! (I still haven’t really worked out what it is or how to make it better, but never mind.  I will blog for my own amusement only!)

And do you know what…every night, without fail, I fall straight to sleep.  So whilst my bedtime routine may not sound particularly like one I should be proud of, since it does not involve reading high-brow, topical articles on life or business, or watching important news channels or fascinating, educational documentaries, it is the most relaxing part of my day and results in a good seven hours sleep (baby permitting!)

Over to you now, my fellow bedtime-loving bloggers.  I tag:

The lovely Bec at Kizmetcava

Please tag me in your response, so I can gauge if I am weird or not!

Your ten questions are:

  1. Describe your usual bedtime routine.
  2. What are your favourite pyjamas?
  3. What is your current bedtime reading?
  4. What would I find on your bedside table?
  5. What scent makes you sleepy?
  6. What is your usual bedtime and wakeup time?
  7. What are your top three bedtime products?
  8. What is your most common sleeping position?
  9. Do you have anything you like to take to bed with you?
  10. What is your worst bedtime habit?

 

The rules of the Bedtime Tag are:

Step 1: Thank the person who nominated you, and link back to their blog.

Step 2: Display the Bedtime badge, which you can see at the top of this post.

Step 3: Answer the ten questions included above.

Step 5: Nominate between three and five fellow bloggers to take part, and set them the questions.

(Yes I have noticed that there is no Step 4, but since everyone else has written the rules like this, I wondered if there was some secret bloggers’ reason to eliminate Step 4, so I have just followed suit!)

And if you fancy taking part in this tag, in a non-blogger way, please feel free to answer the questions in a comment below.

Are there any more Molton-Brown loving, trash TV-watching crazies out there?!