Picture this: It’s Friday night, and you go to bed around 9 pm because you’re hoping to catch up on some sleep. At 5 am the next morning baby is bright eyed and bushy tailed, so to speak, and ready to roar through the day. Sound familiar?
Although I’ll be the first to admit I’m a morning person, it’s hard to convince myself it’s ok to wake up at five on the weekends – that’s a mere half hour more sleep than I get during the week. Our son is distinctly a morning person; he wakes up with a smile on his face and a laugh in his belly. Mornings are his best time, and even though I start them off bleary eyed, those early mornings give way to some great quality time.
After a few weeks of these early mornings, I found myself begging for more sleep until I realized the world of opportunity that was open to me because of this early rising. Little Man and I get to spend a few quality hours together before the rest of the house gets up – that means we snuggle and he watches me drink my coffee. I get to pick out his outfit for the day and we read some books together. Sometimes I can actually get a few loads of laundry done. Because the baby is an early riser, we get first pick at the farmers market, clearance tables, and at the leftovers in the fridge.
And when I need my husband up with us? Well, my sweet son helped me out with that one today. All it takes is a little pee and poop to leak through the diaper and bedsheets and pool where he’s sleeping to get him out of bed early on a Sunday morning. Gross? Yes. Am I thankful for the waterproof mattress pad? Absolutely. And, I don’t even mind sharing my favorite early morning hours.