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Friday, February 17, 2012

Five Thirty AM

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. 


Mrs. H said...

Luckily, I am a morning person. My husband is not! The latest our nine month old has slept is 7. :( There are so many things for a Mama to do at night before bed; cleaning the kitchen, picking up bedrooms, washing clothes...etc.
There is no way I could get all of that done with her awake.
The only thing I'm looking forward to about the teenage years, is the sleeping late!

The Sweetest Days said...

I think that's something a lot of new parents aren't prepared for ... how much YOUR schedule will change, like it or not. The baby just takes over everything. And I do mean everything! It used to kill me to get up that early too but as the years have gone by I've grown to love it, especially in the summer when the sun comes up early and the birds are singing and all it quiet and new in the world. It's a great time to go out and do some photography!!!!

Back when it was just us we used to stay up till 11:00 most nights. Now we're both up in the morning by 5:30-6:00, every day, and we are in bed by 9:30-10:00.

Oh, and to Mrs. H, you'll be up every single week-day morning by 6 (maybe even earlier) when you have a to get them off to High School ; )

Smile Steady said...

It's so funny that you posted this today. I decided JUST yesterday to give in and make 5:45-6 my new wake up time. The struggle of trying to get Abe back down was just too much, especially since he would just smile and "talk" if I held him, but fuss if I put him down. And I'm a total night owl- last night I didn't get to bed until after midnight. That's gonna take some adjusting to, especially once I go back to work!

AJ said...

My little one is also an early bird :) with roughly the same schedule. I also used to fight with her to try to go back to sleep immediately...until I learned that I was just making us both miserable. To boot, it made her more upset the rest of the day when we tried to put her to sleep since she didn't want to be left alone.

So yes, every day is a new lesson in acceptance of who my little one is, and not who I try to make her be. I guess this is just setting me up for the teenage years. Eeek!

Rebecca said...

I have a 10 month old who used to sleep from 6pm until 7am and recently started waking up at 6am instead. I haven't figured out what to do about it but when I was looking at the calendar recently I realized daylight savings starts (or ends?? I can never remember...) in less than a month and then that 6am wakeup will actually be 7am so I'm just hanging in with it for now. I'm not sure if that will help you at all...

I know you said you tried everything but just in case I thought I'd throw out the idea of an earlier bedtime. I loved Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Dr. Weissbluth and that's one of his big suggestions. We started with a 7:30 pm bedtime but ended up moving it back a half an hour at a time (just started her bedtime routine earlier) until we hit 6pm. It may not make her sleep in more but if she still wakes up at the same time (as ours did) you do get extra "adult time" in the evening. You may not want to mess with her good sleeping habits but I thought I would throw that idea out there.

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