Being Friday, I sometimes reminisce about weekends before I became a parent, so here’s my little rant:
‘Sleeping In’ when you become a parent ceases to exist. There, I said it. There is no sugar coating it or beating around the bushes. If you enjoyed sleeping in on the weekends or on a day off till 9am or 10am or even noon, that’s all ancient history when you become a parent.
Of course, there are those rare children that I’ve heard about that sleep in until 9am and their parents actually have to wake them up, but that is not the norm, at least not in our house.
All you other parents know exactly what I’m talking about. Our adorable little early risers who call us or cry from their cribs or beds at 5:30am or 6am, ready to start the day, sometimes even earlier! If only we could be as bright eyed or bushy-tailed as our little ones are when they wake up. Instead we try tactics like bringing them to bed with us hoping they’ll fall asleep for just a little longer. Or giving them the Ipad to play with, if they’re old enough, and hope to close our eyes for just another 15 minutes.
And if that doesn’t work, then a green tea and coffee will have to do (or a homemade Starbucks Refresher) as the kiddos are bounding with energy, ready to play and for you to cook them a big pancake breakfast.
And you know what? It’s okay. I’ve made my peace with it. I know that I will probably not be sleeping in again for a long time. In fact, I’ve actually changed what I believe sleeping in is now. To me, if my kids (both simultaneously) sleep until 7am, I am overjoyed and supremely well rested. When did you ever think that waking up at 7am would constitute sleeping in? Well, it does now.
And really, maybe your kids are just waking up so early because they are excited to see you and spend more time with you. I mean I can believe that. After all, I’m a pretty awesome mom. 😉
So embrace the early mornings! Try and sleep a little earlier at night and enjoy that joyous cup of caffeine as you start the day with these amazing little beings that you brought into this world. If you can’t be positive about it, then what hope is there?
P.S. I’ve also heard that as the kids get older, they do start sleeping in and you actually have to wake them up. So there is hope, hang on to it, with dear life.
How do you deal with the untimely demise of ‘Sleeping In?’