This morning, Kyah woke up at 5:40am and Keyan woke up at 5:50am. Ahhh, my little early birds. Although neither of them would go back to sleep claiming that they weren’t tired, by 6:30am I had some cranky, whining kids on my hands. Luckily it was a nice day so we headed out for a walk. We did some sidewalk drawings, a little exploring and then we headed to the library for story time before an early nap.
For the first couple of years of motherhood I really struggled with the early mornings. I talked about it, worried about it, obsessed about it and tried to figure out how I could change it. I was even resentful about it. Especially on weekends when most often, I was still the one to wake up early.
Then Kyah was born and everything changed. We were back in the newborn stage and of course there was no real sleep during that time.
Keyan is now almost four years old and Kyah is 21 months and I’m finally at peace with early mornings (as long as they don’t begin at 4am.) Yes it’s taken a long time and I’m not really sure how it happened, but I am glad to finally be here. Even my body automatically wakes up at 5:30am.
And sometimes if I’m not okay with it, I remind myself of a few things:
– if they wake up early, at least they slept through the whole night!
– they are just eager to wake up and hang out with their mom.
– it gives us more time in the day to do fun things.
– early rise may mean an early bedtime for the kids that day.
If you’re a lucky mom who’s child sleeps in, enjoy it. If you’re a lucky mom who’s babies wake up early, enjoy it. You’re lucky too!
How does your child sleep? Do you have an early riser too? If so, are you used to it or does it still drive you crazy?