Guest Blogger Series: The Lost Hours – Life As A Parent – From Tum To Mum

Welcome back to another contribution to my Guest Blogger Series. This week we are hearing from fellow ‘Mum Blogger’ Rhian who blogs over at From Tum To Mum.

“Rhian was previously ‘normal’. Now a Mum. Blogging about blogs and other stuff. Ex-Londoner now living in the sticks.”

Guest Blogger Series: The Lost Hours - Life As A Parent - From Tum To Mum

The lost hours – Life as a parent

The title of this blog might be a little misleading.

It’s not about sinking into darkness and losing the balance. It’s not about getting so drunk that whole evenings go missing. It’s not even about falling asleep on the sofa and wondering who actually won that endless BGT final.

No, it’s about something that happens to me almost every night.

Once the bedtime routine is taken care of, grown-up grub is prepared and devoured. The house is put back together and on a good day, it’s still only 8 pm.

Time to get the PJs on.

That’s when it happens.

I decide that I’ll get an early night. In reality, like most parents, I’ve usually decided this the moment I wake up.

I WILL be in bed by 9.30pm and I WILL be asleep by 10 pm. 10.30 pm at the very latest.

I’ll just check my emails. Then I’ll have a quick peek at Facebook. Oh, I have Twitter and Insta notifications, so I’d better just check those.

Damn, I remembered that I needed to order that thing off Amazon / check that route on Google Maps / upload my run on Strava / log onto my online banking etc.

Now my mates are piping up with hilarious #bants on WhatsApp. I’ll have to chip in.

Oh, it’s almost 10 pm. I’ve just wasted 2 hours fiddling about on my phone.

I missed my own curfew. And shish kebabs! I forgot to hang the washing out.

This is not going according to plan.

I’ll put the dog out, do the laundry really quickly, find the cats and feed them, and just check that the nursery bag is all in order.

10.30 is creeping up, but I’m done now. I kiss the girl goodnight and tuck her up (my favourite thing to do before bed).

Gah! I forgot to put the clean washing away that I dumped on my bed earlier. Oh well, tomorrow’s job.

*Dumps it on the floor instead.*

Wash face, brush teeth, have a wee. In bed.

It’s later than I’d have liked, but it’s still not quite 11pm.

I then spend the next hour adding reminders to my calendar that I forgot to do, replying to ‘one last message’, following a trend on Twitter, or just watching videos of Justin Bieber.

Hours of my life actually disappear before my very eyes.

In this age of technology and social media, I worry that this is a bad habit. We are so used to cramming so much into our day and having powerful little computers in our hand at all times, that we are forgetting to do the things that are most important.


Make time to relax and rewind. GO. TO. SLEEP.

Watching funny cat videos or Brooklyn Beckham’s latest hover board Insta clip won’t help in the morning when my little girl wakes me at 6.30am.

Sleep on the other hand, well that just might.

Maybe tonight…?

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Big thanks to Rhian for guest posting this week. This really is such a great post! I TOTALLY relate to this and am my own worst enemy! I’m sure there are many, many others like us out there! Don’t forget to grab your ‘featured on’ badge from the bottom of the page.

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12 Comment

  1. Reply
    17th June 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Ah, I feel your pain … and I too lose those hours.
    Good luck in getting them back

  2. Reply
    18th June 2017 at 9:40 am

    I’m totally guilty of this! I always regret it in the morning and wish I’d got the sleep in when i had the chance! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

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    Hi, I'm Katie
    20th June 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Happens to me every night 🙁

  4. Reply
    20th June 2017 at 3:04 pm

    I’m guilty of this. #TriumphantTales

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    rainbowsR2beautiful (@rainbowsaretoo)
    20th June 2017 at 6:39 pm

    I have got a lot of piles of clothes by my bed, and the kids beds…. and on the kitchen table. Urg.. #triumphanttales

  6. Reply
    20th June 2017 at 8:34 pm

    haha yep, sucker for cat videos here too! #TriumphantTales

  7. Reply
    21st June 2017 at 1:59 pm

    This was me lol. But I have started turning my phone off about 10.30pm. Even if I don’t go straight bed It gives my mind time to unwind.

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    Mom Of Two Little Girls
    21st June 2017 at 7:02 pm

    This is me! I’m really bad at switching off.

  9. Reply
    22nd June 2017 at 10:16 pm

    This is me too, i’m trying to do so many things at once and get distracted a million times a day by social media, it’s so bad! #triumpanttales

  10. Reply
    Lisa Pomerantz
    23rd June 2017 at 6:21 pm

    I am one that does not lose hours at night. I can fall asleep on cue — staying asleep is a whole other ballgame. I get up very early and get all of those things you mentioned done at night, in the am! Go figure! #triumphanttales xoxo

  11. Reply
    24th June 2017 at 6:08 am

    i feel your pain, as I guess millions of others around the world do also #triumphanttales

  12. Reply
    5th July 2017 at 4:13 pm

    This is the story of my life lol! I’ve lost count of the times I’ve promised myself an early night then around 2am see its too late for that!
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂

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