This morning, the baby decided that 5:00 a.m. was the perfect time to start squawking. Which, of course, woke up Lucy.
LUCY (running into my room): Mommy, is it morning?
LUCY: But I think it’s light outside.
ME (glancing out the window and seeing the stupid sunrise): It’s not.
LUCY (not buying it): But Will is crying.
ME: He just needs to get his diaper changed, then he’s going back to sleep. You need to go back to bed too.
LUCY: Can I sleep with you?
ME (resigned): Of course.
And, so she crawled into the bed, wiggling her way next to me. Where she tossed, turned, talked, and definitely did not sleep for the next hour. I finally gave up and caved to her breakfast demands.
LUCY: I want a pour of juice and a spill of cereal! You are the waiter, Mommy.
ME (yawing): Of course I am.
Here’s the thing, babies and little kids just don’t care about sleeping an extra hour at night. You can’t even trick them. Try to keep them up late to ensure a later morning? They will get up earlier to spite you. Seriously, they will.
In fact, I think that there is an actual phenomenon at play here – in our home, we call it the “Inverse Rule of Bedtime.” If you want your children to sleep in, then throw logic to the wind and put them to bed early. But, one word of caution if you try this – you will wake up at the normal time, because THEY HAVE TRAINED YOU to do that. Seriously, they have. Then, if you’re anything like me, you’ll start worrying about WHY they’re not up yet. So much for relaxing!
Or, you could apply the “Weekday Effect” to the equation. That means that if you are ripped from the warmth of your bed by an alarm clock, then your little rug rats will stay firmly nestled in theirs. The same children who wake up at the drop of a pin on weekend mornings will sleep through anything on a school day...or a work day…or any day when you have to be somewhere at a specific time, really. It's an amazing(ly annoying) phenomenon.
But none of that applies to stupid Daylight Savings Time. Personally, I could do without ever changing the clocks – a dark morning is a good one for this Mommy. Did I mention that the first thing Lucy asks upon waking is if it’s light outside? To her, the morning sun peeking through her bedroom window is the one sure sign that it’s time to start getting crazy – no matter what the clock says.
So, it looks like we’ll be getting up at the crack of dawn for a while. I’ll try to combat the exhaustion by guzzling coffee, trying to convince them to nap, and putting them to bed early. And, as soon as everyone settles back into a good schedule – BOOM! It will be time to “Spring Forward” and wreck it again. Of course.