OK, my title is a little misleading. See the whole time change thing has pluses and minuses every time, so each time it happens I celebrate my pluses – in spring, hey it’s light out an hour later and in fall, hey I don’t have to get up in the dark – complain about the minuses – in spring, jeez, I HATE getting up in the dark! Why do I have to do this again? And in Fall, man, it gets dark SO early! But always in the past, Fall would win out because you get to sleep an extra hour / get an extra hour of weekend. So Monday comes along and you feel like you get to sleep in and all is right with the world. And in Spring – the opposite and damn those time changing bastards.
But this year! This year! It is different as I have a toddler. Someone explained to me Monday that this time next year I’d learn that toddlers don’t follow the time change and that would be such a pain. No, no, my friend! That is a pain in the fall when your toddler insists on getting up at o’dark o’clock well before your alarm and is raring to go. I cursed whoever came up with this entirely stupid idea then.
But Spring! Oh lovely spring! My 13 month old has no idea that the clocks have changed. So whereas before I’d been desperately trying to push her bedtime back to 8pm so that she’d stop waking up before 7 (sometimes before 6). Now, oh sweet gods of the time change, she is cured! (It’s a miracle – can I get an amen?!) She easily stays up till 8:30 and, dude (DUDE!), she has slept in till 7:30 – or even 8:30 when that last hour is spent sleeping on Daddy! (Admittedly, the morning snooze bar of sleeping on daddy has started the night time waking cycle a bit again and we are back to some sleep training, but I am choosing to ignore this.)
I’m wondering how long I can keep this going for… Keeping in mind that it does mean that I have to stay up till at least 8:30 and therein lies the problem…
What time do your kids go to be / get up? How do you shift the needle on that to get a few extra z’s in the morning? When was the last time you actually got to sleep in? And what’s the secret on that?!