So we got to New Zealand with an unsuccessful stopover, but what then?
Was Evie going to adapt quickly or slowly to the time change, without having the adult rationale of making yourself stay awake in the evening to try and force sleep in the night.
The quick answer is it has taken a good two weeks to find a decent sleep pattern again. And then we wreck it with some long drives!
To begin with she woke in the night and just wanted to play, jumping and clambering on us at 3am. Then by the time she finally falls back to sleep at gone 5am you are then incapable or returning to sleep as an adult (good for early morning runs as someone who doesn’t normally ‘do mornings’!).
Then the playing stopped but waking three times a night for milk, slowly down to two, one…. and after three weeks she finally slept through the night.
So our advice is to allow for the fact that you will be even more tired than normal, and more again from your own jet lag and more again from your babies!! As parents we both got a bit ill I think just from total lack of sleep.
Fingers crossed Evie sleeps through again tonight!