Parenting Yurisms

There is a Sleepyhead in My Bed and It’s Not Me

I realise I still have a lot of blog backlog from last year (gee, where did my Christmas vacation go? I planned to spend that vacation writing…) but I just want to indulge in one more mindless (yet meaningful) post before I officially deal with the pile.

I have come into terms with the fact that Yuri, who will be turning 4 in a couple of months (ZOMG!), is a sleepyhead.

He started sleeping through the night near the end of his 3rd month as a wee infant. Before you envy me, let me assure you that before that fateful night, I barely slept at all. By the time he was 4 months old, we were almost always sleeping through the night and, save for those few nights when he would wake up and not return to sleep or when I discovered a new book I just couldn’t put down, I recaptured the elusive eight hours of sleep. More or less.

Let me digress for a bit. I have two favourite moments of the day. One is his afternoon nap and the other is his sleeptime. It’s during those times when I can focus on what I want to do (blog, write, do some calligraphy, update my planner). Of course, most of the time, when Yuri sleeps, I either watch TV, browse Facebook, or catch some Z’s myself hehe.

Anyway, as he gets older, I noticed that Yuri’s sleeping hours have become longer. For example, just the other day, he slept for twelve hours — and would have slept longer had I not woken him up. In my defence, it was already almost 9 am and the sunlight streaming through our bedroom window was too warm it wasn’t funny anymore.


I whispered, Yuri. Nothing. I tugged at him. Nothing. I called his name louder this time. He stirred, and I said, Wake up. 

He shook his head no, with his eyes still closed.

And then I asked him, You still want to sleep? Not an eyelash fluttered when he nodded yes. So I let him asleep — for another five minutes until the sun’s rays got unbearably hot (for me — it didn’t seem to bother him).


This child loves his shut-eye time just as much as we all do. Dear Yuri, I wonder what you dream about? Machines, maybe, and trucks and bicycles? Or promises of waffles and pizza and cheese? Or beach trips and flights on the airplane?

I guess it’s time to buy heavy drapes to block out the sun.

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  • Reply Michi January 22, 2016 at 7:19 am

    My son doesn’t like to nap in the afternoon but at least he can sleep through the night so I have no problem with it too. I just let him sleep especially sa weekend para mabawi yung maagang gising pag may pasok. 🙂

  • Reply joy mendiola January 22, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Hello there, cutie YURI! I really like your name. You’re as cute as my nephew YURI, too.
    Enjoy your time with him, Mommy. Life’s too fast, biglang big yan. My kids are now 13, 13 and by Feb 8, 10 si bunso.

    • Reply Maan January 24, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      Yay! Thanks for the name-love! Is your nephew named after Yuri Gagarin, too? Hehe

  • Reply Charley's Mommy January 22, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Oh my gosh! Such a cutie! I hope Baby Charley is a sleepy head, too. She rarely takes her afternoon naps. 🙁 thanks for sharing, Mommy. 🙂

  • Reply Mommy Pehpot January 23, 2016 at 6:24 am

    He’s having a really good time during the day!

    Is he still napping? If not, talagang takaw tulog yan 🙂

  • Reply Berlin January 23, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Sleepyhead Yuri. Perhaps he is chasing alligators or catching some birds on his sleep. That’s what my Big Bunso told me the other day after coming from a long long and super long sleep. Sleep more, Yuri, so your mom could write more or catch some sleep, too.

    • Reply Maan January 24, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      Chasing alligators! Now that’s an awesome adventure!

  • Reply May De Jesus-Palacpac January 23, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Awww…I wish my kids have long sleep hours. All of my kids fight to be awake, waaah. That’s why we exert effort in giving them physical activities so they can be tired enough to give in to sleep at night.

  • Reply Iris @ Earth Love Skin January 23, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    I feel you on the backlogs!!! But I hope you get to catch up and re-integrate your blogs this month or so. Yuri is such a cutie! He and Avis could be in the eyelashes club!

    I will envy you Maan (haha), at least he sleeps enough hours which is good for growth! My one-year-old girl is such a light sleeper, like literally after 2-3 hours of exerting efforts to make her sleep, she wakes up 15 minutes after shuteye so it’s tricky to get anything done! Very futile attempt! But I take comfort that in cases of emergency it will be easier to get her to move and be alert. I read in a mommy newsletter I’m subscribed to that as the child grows older the sleep rhythm gets more stable naman so I hope she’ll sleep like Yuri. c:

    • Reply Maan January 24, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      Haha that’s right! There was a time when my son was a light sleeper, too. If we have trips scheduled early in the morning (like we need to get up at 3 am), a light tap was all it took to wake him up. I’m sure your daughter will become a heavier sleeper, too!

  • Reply Nadia January 24, 2016 at 8:09 am

    How I wish my son would sleep earlier. He sleeps late and wakes up late too. I want to work on a more normal sleeping habit for him this year. Sayang ang umaga. He can do a lot of things during mornings pa naman. Regards to sleepyhead, Yuri. 🙂

  • Reply sarah tirona January 25, 2016 at 9:34 am

    ive got the same dilemma as you and thats all i really want to write about lately too, meaningful stuff (no more event posts pls). anyway, yuri is such a beautiful name 🙂

  • Reply Denice January 25, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Hi there Yuri and mommy. 🙂 My little girl loves to sleep too! At times she takes naps for three to four hours straight!

  • Reply Louise Antonette Fandiño-Santos January 26, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Hi Maan! I envy you! Waah, you get to watch your little Yuri sleep in the afternoon or at night and actually witness milestones of his life. That’s what I can’t do as a full time working mom. As to you backlogs, don’t worry, you’re not alone. God bless us all mummies!

    • Reply Maan January 26, 2016 at 5:38 pm

      Awwww! I admit being a WAHM has spoiled me. Even though I work full-time, too, I get to be at home. But then again, there are also disadvantages to being a WAHM, lol! What I mean is that I’m sure you’re not lacking as a mum and I know your sons feel your love even though you’re not at home all the time. God bless your pregnancy!

  • Reply Jackie January 31, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Buti ka pa. Wish my ten-month-old were the same way!

  • Reply Mhaan arambulo-delos santos February 1, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    same here! My favorite time is when my 1 yr old is sleeping during mid day! I am lucky because my son can sleep the entire night of course there are still midnight feedings but my son can go back to sleep once he start sucking.

  • Reply Mommy Anna February 2, 2016 at 9:54 am

    same here a lot of backlogs and not able to catch up to now because of busyness. my little kulit loves to sleep also sarap nila tingnan pag tulog pero sarap din gisingin. They look like angels

  • Reply Melisa Sanchez February 3, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Hello sleepy head Yuri your so cute and you did a good job 🙂 My Zd boy sleep twice a day and when he sleep lagi ko talaga syang tinititigan haha ang cucute nila pagtulog.parang nakakahiyang mangdisturbo at mag ingay.

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