Early to Rise
Jack has always been a decent sleeper. Well, except for the newborn/growth spurt days. I am still traumatized by his 3 week growth spurt (eat for an hour, sleep for an hour, eat for an hour, sleep for an hour. . .). Anyway, he’s always gladly slept until 7:30 or 8:00. There was even a time when he was a young toddler that he would sleep until almost 9:00. It was wonderful. The husband and I could lounge in bed on the weekends waiting for Jack to wake.
Probably about a year ago, he started waking around 7:30. I’m ok with a 7:30 wake-up. I can go to sleep around 11:30 and still get a decent amount of sleep. Let me tell you what I am not ok with, 5:30. Waking at 5:30 is never a good idea. I have to do it during the week for work, but on the weekend? Hell no. Over the last 10 days, Jack has decided to get up earlier than 7:30. He has been getting up anywhere between 5:00 and 6:00. I am not amused.
On a weekeday, it’s not a huge deal. I get up at 5:20 so if he’s up early, I’m already up. On the weekend? It’s a huge deal. I have zero desire to start my day at 5:30 on a Saturday. Fortunately, Jack is fairly trustworthy. I can set him up with the iPad, some dry cereal or a poptart and then go back to bed. The problem is that this is becoming the norm as opposed to a once in a while thing. The other day the child came into my room at 4:20 and declared that he was done sleeping. FOUR TWENTY AM PEOPLE. That is what most people call ungodly. Fortuntately my husband took Jack back to bed and I got another hour of sleep, but still.
This morning when he woke at 5:30, I did what any rational mother would do at 5:30 in the morning. I
interrogated quizzed him as to why he was out of bed when last night I had specifically told him not to get out of bed until I came to get him. He claimed that he room is too dark. He has a sound machine with a light on it, but it doesn’t give much light. So tonight, guess who is getting a brand new night light?
Ultimately, I think that part of the issue is that he wakes up to use the bathroom and then just doesn’t want to go to sleep. I also think that he enjoys the iPad and even though he is tired, is smart enough to know that I will eventually stop telling him to go back to bed and let him have his iPad.
So, if the night light fails tonight (which I’m 99% sure that it will), I have no idea where to go from here. The child needs to sleep later than 5:30. He drags all day because of it. HELP!
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