Bed time has gotten a bit out of hand lately. For example, last Sunday night, it was after 10:00pm and all three girls were still up, chattering away in their room. I finally called them downstairs and we watched the entire Iron Chef America episode together – mind you, Keith had already gone to bed, it was just me and our way-too-young-to-still-be-up daughters. All the way to 11:00 we sat and watched and chatted through the many different ways to cook salmon. And then naturally we all needed a snack, and finally it was off to bed. (But they’re late sleepers in the morning – none of the girls wake earlier then 8, usually closer to 8:30, and Adeline still takes naps for the most part, so I know they’re getting the sleep they need.)
But that particular Iron Chef night, as much fun as it was and as good of a memory as it will make, was a ‘wake up call’ (ha!) to me and I realized we have totally gotten off track. Left to my own devices, I myself am a natural Night Owl. I have always been the last one to sleep – from slumber parties in elementary school to roommates in college, I just cannot get to sleep if I know others are still awake. I married another Night Owl, and I thought we were pretty set in our hourly ways, but something has happened to my husband. It’s like he’s become a grown up or something, and he rises with his alarm clock, ready for the day, and only reads a page or two before falling asleep (way) earlier than me at a normal, decent time. By the time I wander down the stairs in the morning, the coffee has already been brewed and cooled and I must microwave my cup for a good minute and a half.
Something has to change, and this is the week. No more first trimester woe-is-me mornings, I am well into the second trimester and have the energy to boot. The excuses are over. So the last two days I have woken when Keith does (his alarm clock ring is the best – Paul McCartney’s “Silly Love Songs” – there’s something delightfully cheery in a calm, morning sort of way to wake up to that song!) and had a fresh cup of hot coffee, some fantastic Bible & prayer time, breakfast readied, and then I marched resolutely to the girls room to wake them up early as well. We girls in this family are going to get on track for a semi-normal life once again.
I’m hoping we can start falling asleep better once we keep up our earlier morning routine, but it is currently 9:15 pm and they are still awake. Even though the day was harder today because we were all so tired from our new morning hours, that Night Owl part of our brains still makes it hard to settle in. Here’s hoping to consistency paying off in the long run!
And here is a recent family photo taken on Adeline’s birthday weekend. There is much to catch up on with fun pictures to record our recent memories…all in good time. After sleep has normalized!