I really dread mornings. I mean DREAD them….I hate the alarm, even though I almost never have to wait for it to wake me up….Usually, I have been awoken long before my alarm has a chance to sound. Quite seriously, 7AM would be “sleeping in” at my house…….The reason why? My beautiful, wonderful children and their wonderful father.
First, Michael usually gets up at around 4 or so to go to the gym and into work for a bit (he works 5 minutes from our house). He does came back home to shower, get Ryley and Grace dressed, and give the kids breakfast. But he wakes me up….Lights on, banging drawers as he gets his gym clothes out and puts them on…UGH!
Next is Ethan….He has been waking up between 4:30 and 4:45 almost every morning. Yesterday, he blessedly went back to sleep until six after fussing for a few minutes. Not so this morning. So today, I have been awake since 4:50am, unwillingly awake. We put him to bed at 7 each night, which is actually pushing it because he’s tired by 6. I’d put him to bed later, but it has proven ineffective at getting him to sleep later in the morning. I’ve tried EVERYTHING…warmer jammies, cooler jammies, socks/no socks, letting him fuss, giving him a cup of water…NOTHING WORKS! This morning, I tried, really tried, to go back to sleep after Ethan finally ended up in our room with his milkies, but he started talking and didn’t stop, chasing the cat around the bed and then the room saying “babadee” (his word for cat?!!!) and then “uh-oh, I sorry” when he stepped on the cat’s tail. This went on for fifteen minutes, until the next “issue” walked in.
Somewhere in all the morning disaster already described above, Grace and Ryley come into our room. How I wish I could just lock my door sometimes! But then Drama Queen Grace would just sit in the hallway outside my door screaming and kicking the door (been there, done that when the door accidentally got locked one night!). Michael used to let them in our bed…..Not anymore….I’ve had enough! So now they drag their blankets and pillows in and lay down on the floor, but then want to play. By this time, the alarm I so prayerfully set the night before has been going off for 5 minutes and I haven’t even noticed it over the din of my three children and my husband.
I hate mornings!! And yes, this happens even on Saturdays and Sundays………..