A Poem About An Awake Baby In The Early Hours

Now this isn’t my usual type of post, and I’m not really sure where it came from, but just humour me and go with it…

Baby L decided to wake up at 2.45am last night. She was wide awake and nothing we did got her back to sleep. She wasn’t crying loads, but if she wasn’t bounced, swayed or moved, her little face would crumple up and she’d shed a tear and let out a whine.

During the early hours, my brain decided to get a bit creative (due to the lack of sleep I imagine!) and start rhyming words. Within half an hour, I had a full poem that I wrote down on my phone. Having reviewed this morning, it isn’t the worst thing in the world, so I thought I’d share!

This is my 3am poem about wanting Baby L to go back to sleep.

Baby, Baby…!

Baby, Baby, go back to sleep,

Close your eyes,

Don’t make a peep.

Baby, Baby, don’t you cry,

What is wrong?

Why? Why? Why?!

Baby, Baby, you’ve been fed,

Nappy’s been changed,

“Shhhhhh”, I said.

Baby, Baby, you’ve had a cuddle,

Are you cold?

I’m in a muddle.

Baby, Baby, rest your head,

Shut your mouth,

Go back to bed.

Baby, Baby, suck your dummy,

Lay on your back,

Stop waking Mummy.

Baby, Baby, let’s try a swaddle,

What’s the time?

This isn’t a doddle!

Baby, Baby, eyes so wide,

Clock reads 3,

Still dark outside.

Baby, Baby, don’t be bitter,

Pass you to Mum,

I’ll check Twitter.

Baby, Baby, starts to yawn,

Getting sleepy,

It’s nearly morn.

Baby, Baby, wrapped so tight,

Snuggle up safe,

Turn off the light.

Baby, Baby, I am beat,

So, so tired,

Don’t wanna repeat.

Baby, Baby, don’t you weep,

Baby, Baby, count those sheep,

Baby, Baby, dream so deep,

Baby, Baby, fast asleep.


Does this sound familiar? Does your head ever do random things like create a poem at 3am? Have I found a new calling in life (and be kind!)? Did my A-level in English Language and Literature pay off?


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  • Tom @Ideas4Dads

    Lol its amazing how creative one can be in the early hours!! Very good 🙂

    • Very true – would say I’m most productive too. Often got up in the night when I can’t sleep to write.

  • lianne

    Love it, its fab!!!

    I find myself saying those very sentences regularly lately too 😉

    Lianne | http://www.thebrunettesays.co.uk

  • Lol. Been there. Happily now my eldest is old enough for me to get my own back and wake him up early for college when he really wants to sleep. Revenge is sweet. #familyfriday

    • Haha, at least that gives me something to focus on! Payback!

  • Twinmumanddad

    Oh I’m glad my nights like this are long gone! Great poem! Thanks for linking up to the #binkylinky

  • First time mummy

    I haven’t written a poem but as a parent of a 10 week old this is very familiar!!!! #binkylinky

    • Thanks and sorry to hear that too! I didn’t intend to write a poem, but I think exhaustion kicked in and did weird things in my head!

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  • Ha loved this and at least disturbed sleep makes for a creative mind, you could make a million with this! Thanks for linking up x

    • Thanks! Yeah, I could make millions…millions of what though, I’m not quite sure… 🙂

  • I can’t say I’ve ever been alert enough at 3am to manage any kind of poetry – well done! #pocolo

  • Sarah Knott

    Haha love this! I wouldn’t have been able to string together a sentence, let alone a poem in the early days of night feeds! Well done 🙂 #pocolo

    • Thanks Sarah – I don’t plan on making a habit of it though 🙂

  • Your A level English has paid off. You have found your new Vocation in Life – Poetry! I have really enjoyed reading some of your posts today, Thanks for linking with #PoColo this week

    • Thanks Rachel, much appreciated. Good to know that school is useful afterall 🙂

  • Mrs H

    This all sounds so familiar. I love this poem. I hope you managed to get some sleep eventually and didn’t have a repeat occurrence the following night. Hugs Mrs H xxxx #brilliantblogposts

    • Thanks – nope last night was a lot better. I put it down to swaddling 🙂

  • You Baby Me Mummy

    This is great, I love the checking Twitter, and can totally relate. #PoCoLo x

    • Haha, thanks. I had to get the Twitter line in there as I seem to check it even when half asleep!

  • shannonagains

    Every line of that is completely familiar. Well done.

  • Three babies down the line, I know this feeling well! i have also been known to write poetry in my head while desperately leaning over a cot/bouncing a baby etc in the early hours. I even wrote a rude version of ‘oh holy night’ on that theme last December! Your A-levels certainly paid off. Well done! #prose4t

    • Haha we sound like two peas in a pod! I’ve not yet done it to a Xmas carol yet, so maybe that is the next step 🙂

  • Oh so familiar! It’s fab! #familyfriday

  • Baked Potato Mummy

    Awww that’s really cute – the poem, not the 3am wakefulness! I well remember those days/nights. They didn’t really stop until Potato was 18 months old 🙁

    • Haha, thanks for clarifying! Great, just another 16.5 months to go then 🙂

  • Chrissie M

    Yes, this definitely rings a bell. Not so much now (although toddlers still do this occasionally – Sorry!) but when they’re teeny tiny. 3am is the best time to write poetry 😉

    • I do seem to be most awake between 3 and 5. Let’s just hope that companies don’t notice that parents are creative at night and extend the working hours. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Chrissie M

        Maybe we shouldn’t even joke about the company thing…

  • Victoria Welton

    Fantastic! I love what half tired brains can come up with as this is how I write best. I trust we will see more of you on Prose for Thought then? Really well written 🙂 Thanks for linking to Prose for Thought.