Mission: Not so accomplished…

Every year, a few weeks before school starts, I start to wean us from our nocturnal habits.   When the girls were little, it wasn’t really that big of a deal when the girls were tiny as I had pretty much kept them on a routine…and they liked getting up early back then. 

Now that the girls are older, the story is a bit different.   It seems normal to stay up late just hanging out, watching movies, chatting with friends, having sleep-overs…  After a couple weeks of  talking about switching to the famed “early to bed, early to rise” way of thinking, I finally took action…two nights ago. 

On Monday morning, I woke Mimi up at shortly before the Crack of Dawn.  She buried her head under the blanket and asked me why  she had to get up early right away, and then wondered if we could ease into it, slowly.  I was just asleep enough to be agreeable and re-set my alarm.   Forty-five minutes after my alarm went off,  I dragged Mimi out of bed.  (Apparently were were really going to ease into it.)

So this morning,  determined to get at least one trial run in, I woke my child up and dragged her out of bed.  We sat together on the couch, staring blearily at each other, pretending that we were wide awake.  Finally, Mimi asked what we should be doing.  My poor sleep-deprived brain simply didn’t have an answer for her.

Finally, we came to the decision that we had proved our point that we were quite capable of getting up before the birds did.  So…we went back to bed for three more hours.

Tomorrow is going to be interesting….

This really isn’t an issue for KT as she has been getting up early for work all summer long. Tough kid.

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11 Responses to Mission: Not so accomplished…

  1. Amanda D says:

    We moved bedtime back to school schedules a couple of days ago and my husband said, “does that mean we’re waking them up at 6:30?” I said, NO WAY!

    I’m certain that I will have the hardest time adjusting to back to school times. They are up around 7 everyday anyway… Looking forward to went they want to sleep in all summer!

  2. fiwa says:

    You know, I think getting back into the routine of getting up early and going to bed early is going to be painful no matter what you do. Kinda like Mondays, ya know? Doesn’t matter how much you prepare on Sunday night, Monday morning you still feel bleary and groggy for much longer than you should.

    Hope the first day goes well!

  3. What Fiwa said.

    Good luck tomorrow. Maybe you should make some coffee tonight, store it in the fridge, and then it will be all set to microwave when you two are staring at each other blearily. LOL

  4. Joy T. says:

    Well it’s tomorrow and I’m wondering how you did LOL I used to do this with my kids when they were younger and it’s actually a pretty good idea. Hence the word…idea. My kids wouldn’t get up if there was a fire raging through their rooms.

  5. sillydreamer says:

    When my kids were little we totally practiced getting up early about a week before school started too. Now I don’t worry about it. A few days of getting up early will cure you of staying up so late at night. It does for me anyway.

  6. lynne says:

    well … how did it go??

  7. i try to do this prior to traveling time zones, but i am always perplexed about what to do at 3 am! i usually roll over & go back to sleep too!

  8. We’ve followed the same trajectory–we’re now at the point where we just go cold turkey!

  9. Hilary says:

    Yup, cold turkey always worked best for us when we realized that we were just making ourselves miserable waking up early days before we needed to. The first day of school is not the worst one to be sleepy through. They get well into the routine by the time they’re actually learning something.. hopefully. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Tofu Mom says:

    Thanks for the birthday wishes… I so identify with the early AM thing. I have teenagers getting up at 5:00 and wanting me to get up and make them breakfast – where they made it just fine on their own all summer… {sigh} All right, all right, I’ll be a good mom like I’m supposed to be!

  11. Susan says:

    Amanda~That’s probably why I didn’t start them getting up early…I didn’t want to!

    fiwa~I’m *still* groggy…oh…did you mean the kids?

    Ruth~Apparently I haven’t bragged about my beloved coffeemaker enough. It has a timer that grinds my beans and has freshly brewed coffee alll ready for me. It makes me really happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Joy~That’s right…idea.

    Sillydreamer~I worry about it…but that’s about as far as it goes…

    Lynne~suprisingly well!

    Qualcosa~I’m so glad you understand!

    Jenn~That’s pretty much what we’ve been doing…yet I still have to pretend it matters…probably for the last year…

    Hilary~I think these first few days are going to be the easiest…they are still excited about everything.

    Tofu~You make them breakfast??? I guess I’m not a good mom after all! (at least I make them lunch, does that count?)