I get home, check in with all of the kids and do a quick tidy up. Then I set my alarm for 6.30 and go to sleep.
I have been really firm and made sure that no matter how much work there is to do, how much mess and whether I still need to grab groceries and get cooking, I make sure I get my hours sleep. There was one day when he Baby climbed onto my head and refused to go away and the boys decided they were going to wrestle and complain to me every time they hurt themselves. I gave up and got up and went to the kitchen to get started with dinner. By 9pm, about 20 minutes before iftar I was so tired, I was falling over my feet. No one should be that tired and I learned my lesson.Now I put the older kids in charge of the younger two, or get them to nap with me if their dad is not around.
Insh’Allah the sunnah of the nap (or qaylulah) is something I want to hold onto after Ramadan, even if for 15 minutes, even if after Ramadan sleep will be so plentiful in comparison that I’m going to feel drunk on it.