Thursday, November 11, 2010

My New Alarm Clock

pitter patter whoosh pitter patter whoosh
Is that what I think it is? My fears are confirmed as I hear the child gate opening...
"Mom, get up. Mom, the suns up. Mom, are you awake now?" Imagine that mantra repeating over and over again until I am standing up straight on two feet.

This is how I wake up every morning since my son has learned he can get out of his big boy bed and is allowed to do so once the sun is up. Lately I have been getting up around 4:30 - 5:00 with Baby Girl, feeding her and laying her back down right about the same time my husband's two alarm clocks go off. He is out the door by 6:00ish and then I have about an hour to try and fall back asleep before I hear the sound of feetsy pajamas across the hardwood floors.

My friend recommended getting a television for our bedroom to buy a couple more minutes in the morning to lounge in bed but I just can't. I wish our only other TV would go away, but that isn't happening anytime soon.

Another thought I like to entertain but consider more of a pipe dream than an actual option is staying up after putting Baby Girl back to bed. Think of everything I could get done! I could give meditation a shot, the house work would be done before the sun came up and dinner could be in the crock pot before 8:00 am. That just isn't going to happen people.

For now I am just going to be grateful that Little Man now comes in my bedroom to see if I am awake rather than yelling it from the couch - that phase lasted about two weeks. Not only did I benefit from the wake up yell but his little sister did too.

Maybe my morning wake up call would be easier to hear if I stopped typing this and tried going to bed earlier...


Frugally Natural said... Reply to comment

A friend of mine has a digital alarm clock in her daughter's room, and taped numbers to it for the time she can come out of her room in the morning... That way the daughter doesn't have to be able to tell time, but can just wait until the numbers on the clock match the numbers on her sign. I've thought about trying it, but our two share a room, so as soon as the big one gets up, his little sister is right behind him. And our wakeup call is usually the two year old pounding on our door screaming "Mommy! Daddy! Hungry!" over and over again ;) I used to get up about an hour and a half before the kids so I could get stuff done before they were up... that lasted maybe 2 weeks!

MorganFamily said... Reply to comment

You know we do the alarm clock thing too. Seven is the ONLY number Gavin can identify! LOL We are such good parents. We allow both of them to play in the room, but they can't come find us until the magic 7 appears. Oh, and I should add that the clock is set back a half an hour. So seven on their clock is really 7:30. Did I mention what GOOD parents we are???

I also know someone who pre-poured cereal and put the bowl on the table along with a pre-poured cup of milk on the lowest shelf on the fridge. Chloe is JUUUUUST about old enough that I would be tempted. But right now, she knows she can open the fridge, it has just never occurred to her to take anything out of it. I am afraid to suggest that to her!

Good luck!

Jayna said... Reply to comment

My girls love to cuddle in the morning which makes for a nice transition from bliss to hell. Don't judge me for that comment.

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