Saturday, July 26, 2008

Sleeping In

Sleeping in. What the heck is that? Three kids later and I can't remember for the life of me what that is.

I lie. I can remember. When my girls were younger, I could sleep a little bit later on Saturday. Paige has been self sufficient since an early age. She may have been premature and got here seven and a half weeks early, but that sister has been trying to take care of herself since she was around 4. When she was 7 and her sister was 2, she could fix them a bowl of cereal and hang out with cartoons for a short while. She'd even change her sister's diaper if it smelled bad enough.

The Boy is 4. He is nowhere near that capable. I know. I know. You aren't supposed to compare kids because they're all different and yadda yadda yadda. He, under NO circumstances, can be left unattended. For even five minutes. Sure, he might get up, turn the television on, and settle in for a good 30 minutes if the show is good enough. But, chances are, during that 30 minutes, he'll start hollering for milk. And you better get up and fix it or he'll do it himself. It's better to just get up. The resulting mess of dozing even 3 more minutes isn't worth it.

The Boy is a morning person. Mama is not. Never has been. I have had to learn to be one, though. After 30 something odd years, I have learned to be a morning person. I don't even fight it anymore. There's no use. I foresee having to do this indefinitely. Now, The Man will get up with him normally on weekends. I sleep til when? 8:00 a.m.? I might get a 9:00 a.m. out of it if The Boy isn't loud and into his Power Ranger shows. I guess you can consider that sleeping in if you've never enjoyed sleeping through breakfast, dozing through brunch, and awaking to a lovely lunch.

Now? I get it on up and pour a cup of coffee before I even open my eyes good. I sit down with the laptop and start tooling around while surrounded by the sounds of children's television viewing. I'm not functioning at 100%, but I'm up and that Boy is supervised.

Thing is? I'm still a night owl at heart. I can't help it. I love night time. I love watching the television. I love night. I tell myself I'm going to bed at a decent time, yet midnight will come quickly. I lay in bed to go to sleep and as I look at the red numbers on the clock, I automatically start counting how long I have to sleep.

What I can't handle now? Afternoons. They KILL me. I can do the mornings and love the nights. Afternoons are my downfall. My gas tank is empty and I am falling down on the job. I find myself inching towards the recliner (which I will testify in a court of law has ether in the material), telling The Boy he has to come sit with me. I find that if I can close my eyes for 30 minutes to an hour....I might just make it. I love my afternoon snooze. I crave it. It's like an unexpected calorie free chocolate dessert in my eyes. Too bad I can't claim it every day.

Even at the supper table last night we were telling The Boy that he was going to have to lay down at school and rest. Which made him lift an eyebrow. Paige said....Man, I wish I could lay down after lunch at school. That would rock. The visual in my mind was of all those thousands of high school kids laid out in the hallways, heads on desks, earbuds in their ears...snoozing away. It might not be a bad idea.

What a long post about sleeping in! Or not being able to sleep in.

What are the chances of me finding a job (when my nest is empty- or doesn't need me at home ALL the time) where an afternoon siesta is a normal course of action? I love that commercial where all the adults are sleeping on the office floor with mats and blankies. It tickles me every single time.

Sleeping in. Maybe I'll discover it again. One day.


The Man on the Edge said...

Yes, my love, you know I know the feeling. Like this morning, when all I heard was that boy yelling, "Dad, you have to come see this, it's awsome!!". And you know he isn't going to let you rest until you come look. Luckily it was just something on the TV.....But, as you said, you never know with him.

Pikes Pickles said...

I am up early and LIVE for my nap. The kids know that if they sacrifice 20-30 minutes for me by leaving me alone it will make ALL the difference in their little world.

When driving roadtrips - about 2:00 I have to call it quits for at least 30 minutes, Then I am fine and all is well with world.

Kristi said...

A-freakin-men! I am exactly the same. Mornings are evil, nightimes are my friend. I stay up late and pay for it every day...especially since the baby wakes up at 3 or 4am, and I drag myself out to feed him, and then he wakes up at 6am for the day! Ahhhh! Everyday I tell myself that I am going to bed early...but then everyone is in bed, the house is quiet, and my computer is beckoning to me. I am all alone..that time is precious.

Mrs. Em said...

I bet high school students would LOVE it if teachers would say, "Y'all can come to school with pillows and blankets tomorrow because we're going to institute nap time." Kids are way too tired these days. They'd love a chance to get a nap in!

Sam, Missy and Alex said...

ok, Hope your the cause of my next post come and see!

Dani said...

I don't know if it's a good or bad thing, but one thing I learn in the navy is to sleep when you can. Often it will be an hour nap in the middle of the day or something random cause my sleep patterns are completely off. I am a morning person, but love to sleep in. Like right now ... it's after midnight and I'm still up. Though that have something more to do with the fact that I'm by myself ... when DH is home, we try to go to bed at a reasonable hour, but when either of us is home alone ... it gets more towards that midnight and beyond point. Great posts Miss Hope! Been enjoying them :)

chelle's winks said...

I am a morning person...get use to it when you move back this way...we will be burning up the roads walking...LOL...I do love a good nap!

Jill AKA busymom said...

Ms. I have ajob for you...teaching preschool....naps everyday!!! My teachers eat their lunch with the kids at lunch time and then while they are on their break, they lay down in the home area and take a nap while the other member of the team watches the class!