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October 22, 2015

Precious Slumber

My girlies have been early to wake for most of their lives.  There was a {glorious} period of time when they were about two, when they slept until 7:30, or even a little later…but they’ve been waking up around 6:30-ish, give or take 15 minutes, for most of the past six years.

Thanks to their {wonderfully fabulous} “OK to Wake” clock, they were staying put until 7am, when they would call out, “Mommy!  My clock is green!  I slept well!” in perfect unison.  But…when school started last year…I had to wake them up at 6:15.  It didn’t take long before that was their new wake-up time.  And sometimes, particularly Baby B, would wake up even earlier.

[I can’t really complain, as the girls would stay upstairs, usually reading, until it was a decent time to rise.  But I hated that the girls were missing out on sleep that I feel strongly they need.]

I’m not sure what to credit lately…maybe it’s the darker fall mornings…maybe it’s our weekly soccer practice that keeps them up later one night a week…maybe it’s the rigors of first grade…but our girls have been SLEEPY lately.  I don’t know that they make it all the way to 7:00 on weekend mornings, but I’ve had to wake them up (now at 6:30) many of the last school days…

…and what a treat that is!  There’s nothing yummier than warm, sleepy babies!

I usually tiptoe into their room and pick a bed to join.  I snuggle up next to someone and begin whispering good morning to my “tinies”.  The girls will usually moan a bit and snuggle into me.  I sometimes pretend I’m stretching out on the bed, “…but it’s so lumpy!”  And then I call the girls my “lump-lumps”.  They moan and giggle and snuggle some more.

I raise their pajama tops and kiss their warm bellies.  And then I sit up and pull them to me in my lap.  They snuggle in against me, their heads still fitting remarkably well under my chin.  I often physically stand them up and send them on their way to the bathroom.

And…repeat with Baby #2.

There’s just something about bedhead and warm, snuggly babies that takes me back to when they were little.  And I love it. 

(Baby B, from our traditional first-thing-in-the-morning pictures on the girls' sixth birthday.)
Thank goodness for sleeping “in”.

3 comments:

Mama Mama Quite Contrary said...

Maybe the girls are going through a growth spurt. 😀

My girls hate getting up in the morning for school but 6 a.m. on a Saturday they are bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for cartoons. Go figure! I have found the best way to get them up happily in the morning is to let our 100 lb. dog climb on their bed. I was totally against that in the beginning but it is so much nicer to see them wake up smiling. I am glad your girls always wake up that way!

Marcia (123 blog) said...

I have one like me..... we LOVE our sleep.... and I have one like the grannies. They need little sleep and they wake super early.

I love the sleeping in but of course on the weekends, they both pop up bright and early (for us that's 7.30)!

thanks for your mail xxxxx

Mandy said...

Our late nights and early mornings have left me with the exhausted ladies this school year! Sadly it is G who is gently waking both the ladies and myself everyday!

 
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