Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Hi, my name is Jill and I'm sleep deprived

I am not a morning person.

I have decided that the only sleep that really counts for me is what I get after 5:00 a.m.
My husband, on the other hand, is quite the morning person, he wakes up on his own around 5:00 a.m. and is actually awake!
This is a strange phenomenon to me, because my mom raised us to be night owls, she liked to stay up late, and let us stay up late too.
I remember one time in high school when on the first day of class one of the teachers had us fill out a "get to know you" questionnaire, then we went around the classroom, and everyone read their papers.
One of the questions was "What is your favorite TV show?"
Nearly everyone in the class said that M.A.S.H. was their favorite show (one of the local TV stations was airing it about 4 times a day at that time) but I answered "Late night with David Letterman"
The teacher looked at me in shock and said "YOU'RE UP THAT LATE???"

Honestly, it didn't seem that strange to me, at that time, Dave came on at midnight, and watching his show was what kept me awake long enough to do my homework.


School started this week for Brielle and Aaron, (who I have decided are not morning people either) (pretty sure it's genetic) (from my side of the family, obviously)
The problem is that my alarm goes off at 7:00 a.m. (and again at 7:10. 7:20, 7:30..........) and I wake them up again, and again and again.

It would probably be easier to wake them up if they weren't awake so late at night, however, my husband doesn't get home until nearly 7:00 p.m. and after we eat dinner, watch the current reality show on TV, make the kids do the homework that they didn't seem to remember they had several hours earlier, make lunches for the next day and wrestle Max into his pajamas, it's usually after 11.

Max will be starting kindergarten next week, and get this......................



I had very logical reasons for doing this (I won't go into detail, just be assured that I did) the problem is that he likes to sleep in until 10:00 or later.

School starts at 8:30.

I've had discussions with him about how he needs to go to bed earlier because it will be hard for him to wake up for school if he's up too late and he agrees with me until it's actually time to get the pajamas on.

He is the master of stalling.

So this week, we decided to have him go to bed a little bit earlier each night, to get him used to it before school starts. We had good intentions, but as it's turned out, he's actually ended up going to bed a little bit later each night.

This is going to be a long year.

p.s. I told Max that after taking them to school, I would come home and take a nap. He told me that I couldn't do that, because I would dream about missing him.


Kristina P. said...

I can't believe Max is starting kindergarten! What are you going to do with yourself, besides be dead to the world after you drop him off?

utmomof 5 said...

I have such plans for when my baby starts Kindergarten on Monday... a nap is at the top of the list!!!

Karen said...

the first weeks of school are brutal. It takes until Halloween before the kids are acclimated to the new early bedtime routine.

stewbert said...

max cracks me up.

i'm not a morning person either, but all of my children are. it's the universe's cruel joke on me.

Busty LaRue said...

I am not a morning person either (but my DH and 3 y.o. are)! my little guy starts preschool in a couple weeks, and I wanted the morning class but all they had was the afternoon class. I'm SO GLAD I didn't sign him up for AM preschool now that I've had a chance to think about what I was doing! haha

Me (aka Danielle) said...

I am not a morning person either. When that alarm goes off at 4:45 I seriously want to die. My boys are the same way. Good news for me..I'm long gone by the time the morning "get ready for school routine" starts. Bad news for dad!

Good luck getting adjusted!

rocslinger said...

Morning people are sooo smug, They think that the whole world should run on their schedule.

Wouldn't it be nice for once to see them run on our schedule?

M-Cat said...

I wish I had a clever comment. But I don't. I am a morning person. I must be smug : )

Teachinfourth said...

Being on a schedule is nice, but being able to sleep in when you feel like it is even nicer...

just call me jo said...

I'm a morning person too. I can't stay up past 10 or I'm a mess. I pity the fool--er kids--if you don't get 'em to bed early. Teachers don't take kindly to zombie children. ;o) Good luck to you, night owl from a mourning dove. Ha,ha,ha, ahhh...

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

Yea... that would be a deal breaker for me. I did afternoon Kindergarten for my daughter because she sleeps in.

But get this... last two weeks... the girl has been up at 8 am every morning?

I don't get it.