Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Morning at the Zoo

My kids do not sleep in in the mornings. This is especially distressing for me since I really like to sleep in. It’s the way my body is programmed. I stay up late and sleep in.

Miss M is a morning person, like her dad. Since she was three she has gotten up in the morning, gone downstairs and helped herself to a breakfast of cold leftovers. It’s usually stuff that thinking about it makes me want to gag: macaroni and cheese, ravioli, egg noodles, chicken nuggets, brats. Since she started school last year however, we have sort of been able to convince her that rolling over and going back to sleep is also a good option. Some days I have even had to wake her up to get ready for school. Learning is exhausting.

K? K is another story.

K will be up, playing in his room. Sometimes (most of the time) when he wakes up he puts his mouth down by the crack of the door and hollers “Mommy! Oh Mommy!” ad nauseum until I let him out.

Then the morning exchange goes something like this:

K, you could sleep in a little bit in the mornings instead of getting up at the crack of dawn.

Uh. No thanks.

No really, it would be a good idea to get a little more sleep so that you’re not so tired during the day.

No thanks.

One day you’ll realize how wonderful sleeping in can be and you’ll realize you’ve squandered these days of sleeping in. It’s a real tragedy.

Mama?

Yes K?

You look soooo pwetty today.

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Awesome Mom said...

My boys are like K. They are up early and first thing they come and get me. I used to have to get up around 6 in the morning (which just about killed me) but lately they have been sleeping in until 7:30-8:00 which I love. I am a night owl like you and I can't make myself go to bed early. My husband is an early bird and can't understand how I can stay up so late.

Mayberry said...

Flattery will get you everywhere, K!

angi said...

Awwww....I love it :)

chelle said...

I am a night owl by nature too, however I LOVE waking before my kids and having a cup of coffee before they are all over me. That rarely happens though.

too sweet on the pretty ... hehe he is a charmer!

Chels said...

Haha I can see K saying that! Thats really cute about M just helping herself to whatever.

Guinevere Meadow said...

I've done my share of cold leftovers for breakfasts!!

How I long for the days of being able to sleep in...sigh.

louann said...

After having kids, we never really know what a straight 8-hour sleep through the night is anymore!!

Love it! He is a charmer!!

Binky said...

I guess you have to wake up pretty early in the morning to get such sweet kids ;)

I am dreading the start of pre-school next week. I've had the luxury of sleeping till 830 or so for the past couple of years, and suddenly I'll be facing 6 a.m. I am unprepared.

BTW, I LOL'd at your comment on my post about how you disappointed your dentist. Poor guy.

Rima said...

She might come around. My almost five year old acts like a teenager in the mornings these days. Yesterday she slept until NINE THIRTY, but it's offset by my toddler, who wakes at the crack of the dawn.

Damselfly said...

He's so diplomatic!

wayabetty said...

Sleeping in? I haven't done that since pre-kids! And that was 8 years ago!! Parker's been teething AGAIN so he's been up the past 2 nights, today was 5:30 so I kept him up until 10ish, see if he likes that!

 
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