In the last few days I have actually realized that Emily isn't that bad of a sleeper at night at all, at least lately. She's been faithfully falling asleep at 7pm, waking near 1am, falling back asleep quickly, and then waking again at 5:30am. The problem is that I am not ready to be awake at 5:30am, but Emily is. I go to bed much later than her, sometimes as late as eleven in the evening, so I can have some of that precious "adult time" that is so rare now. So, when 5:30 in the morning rolls around I am one tired mama with only a few hours of sleep.
Before Emily arrived I was never a morning person to begin with. I've never functioned well before 7am and when I worked the night shift a while back as a Licensed Practical Nurse while in RN school I was a horrible mess. My body just hates mornings. Actually, a more accurate statement would be that my body hates a lack of sleep and that's what I've chronically been doing to it.
The last several mornings when Emily has been up and bouncy and awake at 5:30 in the morning either Shawn or I have fought with her to settle down and sleep another precious hour or two. It never worked and simply left all three of us extra cranky. And now I have come to learn one of the hardest lessons in parenting (so far, anyway).......
One must adjust to the baby's schedule. To hell with yours.
As much as I've tried every method, even crying it out (for over an hour of back and forth) she is bound and determined to be awake early in the morning. Wide awake. So, I have succumbed to her persistence. There is no point in fighting with what her body is naturally trying to do if its something we can adjust to. It looks like bed time will have to be much earlier for both Shawn and I. But, the good news is, that if we adjust our schedule then she will get up just once the entire night! That's a win in my book.
Who knows... maybe I can grow to like 5:30am? Although, I highly doubt we'll be on anything other than speaking terms.