Talk to any parent of young children and sleep or lack of normally comes up in the conversation. One topic that always seems to manifest itself 'do you have an early rising baby?'.
No need for an alarm clock in our house. In fact, I'm pretty sure we haven’t used one in over 7 years. Our youngest son who turns two this month has always been a great sleeper. He’s in bed between 7-7.30 pm and always sleeps for at least 2 hours every day.
Lately (3 weeks to be exact) he’s been waking at 5 am on the dot, yelling at the top of his lungs until I drag myself out of bed to avoid him waking the rest of the house up.
Is he too cold? - Pretty sure he isn't cold as we live in Brisbane and it rarely drops below 20 degrees over night during summer.
Does he have a wet nappy? - He doesn't have a bottle before bed so he is waking up with a dry nappy, so it’s not that.
Is his room too light in the mornings? - His room is the darkest room in the house, so I know it’s not the light waking him up.
I know the cause of his early rising, but I can’t bring myself to say the words. I need to cut his day sleep…
Yes, it’s that moment in time every parent dreads that has a busy toddler. I must drop the day sleep I so look forward to every day. My precious two hours of pure bliss and silence. My ‘me time’. This is the time I answer as many emails as possible, fulfil all my orders like a crazy mad woman, fold or iron the mountains of washing, feed myself, tidy up the chaos left behind by the mini army that I have willingly created. And sometimes, yes sometimes he will over sleep and allow me to watch Ellen.
I get so much done in 120 minutes (yes I count every glorious minute) that the thought of losing that ‘break’ is almost too much to comprehend.
Is it worth it? Will it benefit us as a family?
On second thoughts I may just leave this milestone for another few months…at least. Suddenly the early mornings don’t seem too bad considering the alternative. And hey that’s what husbands are for!
*Note experimented with waking him after 1 hour of his day sleep (much to his absolute disgust) and he woke up 20 minutes earlier at 5.07 am…arrrggggg!
Video - Tips For an Early Rising Baby
About the Author - Lorna Marquet is the owner and founder of GummyBabies.com.au and is the co-author of the book Mommies Making Money Online and co-creator of the blog mommiesmakingmoneyonline.com
Wife of Nick Marquet and mother of three boys 6 and under, Lorna has a wealth of online business knowledge and is the inspiration behind the book, Mommies Making Money Online. Lorna has built and managed three online businesses, all while raising her boys.
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