Monday, January 21, 2013

Wake Up Call

Have you heard?

The new "in" thing is to be socializing at 5:15 AM. June found out about this recent trend and, as always, is on-point with its application.

June's schedule got a little messed up when we went to the Midwest after Christmas for a week. We tried to keep her on Arizona time which worked out nicely...she'd stay up a little later and be able to socialize or go out to dinner and be in bed at 8:30 or 9. Then she'd sleep in a little and let us all catch some extra Z's also.

The schedule got a bit askew and when we got back to Arizona, she was waking up a little earlier than her usual. Keep in mind that her "usual" is a still-dark 6:30 or so. We figured that she'd get back to her norm after a couple of days, a week tops. Then she got sick, so we thought that her coughing could be the thing that was waking her up in the five o'clock hour.

And now...now we don't have much to blame. She just...gets up early.

We've tried going into her room and putting her back to bed. We've tried telling her that it's too early, that everyone is still sleeping, that all children with a shred of compassion for their parents would go back to bed for two more hours at least.

We end up trying to get her to go back to sleep in our bed between us in the darkness of our room. We end up with elbows in our faces, fingers up our noses and/or a thirty-pound girlchild sitting on my head suddenly just as I was about to drift off again.

Or she'll just make it clear that she doesn't want to be there at all. "Out der?"(out there, usually pointing toward the living room.) "A book?" "Yo-gurt?" "Milk?"

I shouldn't complain. I'm sure there are people out there with toddlers who still have a hard time sleeping through the night. I guess I should be grateful for having a girl who goes to sleep easily at seven and sleeps through 'til five.

I suppose we could try keeping her up a little later. Other than that, I'm not sure what else to do. Any suggestions? Any tips for keeping children in their beds until sunrise? Anyone else who is sick of having their nasal passages assaulted by tiny fingers at five-dark-thirty? Or is that just me?

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