On Sleep

Hello and Salaams!

This page is now being revised and edited for inclusion in my upcoming book, published by Beacon Books!

Do look out for a link to pre-order, coming soon.

Peace and Love,

Sidra Ansari

PS To help me on my journey to enoughism I will write down 3 things I am grateful for at the end of each post. These are:

  1. Sleeping with my babies!  Having read the above mentioned book over 12 years ago now, I’ve always been an advocate of co-sleeping, or sleeping with the baby.  I am very grateful to report that after the first few weeks of twilight feeding and nappy-changing, the babies’ antics haven’t managed to wake me up (much!) in the first few years of their lives. Of course, the decision to breastfeed made this easier but I have seen bottle-fed babies sleep more soundly due to co-sleeping too. (Rather than venture downstairs at night, the mother would keep hot water in a flask by her bed and then mix it up with formula to feed the baby when he woke).
  2. Mr Chef and Mr Biryani used to wake up at 6.30am every morning for a few years so, more often than not, I managed an energising afternoon nap when my children were all young. Therefore the second thing I’m grateful for this week are cosy afternoon naps!
  3. The library.  Today I took my third trip to the library these holidays and I’m so grateful for the free books! (hehe) and the fantastic escapism a room full of books represents to the children.  We also managed a visit to Birmingham Central Library, which I hadn’t even been in properly since the refurbishment, and spent an afternoon there.  Loved it. There’s something about the vast amount of knowledge literally at our fingertips in there that inspires awe and wonder. May we all be a people who take our children to libraries. Ameen.

Since you’re here I have a small favour to ask. More people are reading the the7ofus.blog than ever but advertising revenues are non-existent. And unlike many lifestyle magazines, I haven’t put up a paywall – I want to keep my writing as open as I can. So you can see why I need to ask for your help. These posts take a lot of time and hard work to produce. It would be amazing if you could help fund me by donating a coffee a two to keep me going! Please press here to give.

Published by Sidra Ansari

Sidra Ansari is a freelance writer, blogger, copywriter and teacher. Although she was born in Manchester, she has lived in many places in the U.K including London, North Wales, Birmingham and Leicester. She now lives in the Black Country and dreams of living by the sea once again- a seagull being her preferred muse. She has been shortlisted for the AsianWriter Short Story Prize and was selected for WriteNow Live, the Penguin Mentoring Program for underrepresented writers. She works for the Mud Season Review as a Creative Non Fiction Reader and has work published in the inaugural Desert Rose Lit Magazine. Her self development book ‘Finding Peace Through Prayer and Love’ published by Beacon Books is out in 2020. She lives in the West Midlands with her husband of over fifteen years and five children. You can reach her at @sidra_writes on Twitter, sidra.7.ansari on Instagram and follow her blog at the7ofus.blog.

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