To my child who is tired but won’t go to sleep
I thought I’d got this bedtime sorted
Routine - no problem - love me a plan
A bath, a book, a little chat, lights out, “I love you!” and that’s that
But oh; how you have proved me wrong -
Jumping up and down for so very long that
I have started feeling dizzy
Why are you being so very busy
(Am I the one who’s got it “wrong?”)
I just want a cuppa (for cuppa read wine)
This time in the evening it should be all mine
I love you but I just need some space:
I love you but you seem to think it’s a race -
to see who can win at messing about,
to see who can provoke me first to shout -
“This is getting silly just get into bed!
You’re overtired just get that head
right onto your pillow and shut your eyes!”
But guess who’s in for a big surprise?
It isn’t a teddies big picnic;
(We’re not going on a bear hunt)
It’s wind the mummy up,
Wind the mummy up,
Pull pull, let’s be blunt:
Mummy’s had enough, Mummy’s given up
Mummy thinks you're being...oh look, you're asleep.
Love you my darling girl.