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Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Best $14.99 We've Ever Spent

I am not a morning person.  Not by a long shot.  I get up and get children ready for school out of necessity and duty, and while I find joy in it after being up an hour or so, it doesn't come easily.  I'm pretty grouchy in the morning, and that's putting it nicely.

Bria, my eldest daughter, has always been one of those morning people that are up with the sun, happy and chipper and ready to greet the day with a smile.  Which is good, because she does temper my grouchiness to an extent.

Still, mornings are typically not a well-oiled machine around our house.  I have learned to set out their snowpants, coats, gloves, scarves, and hats by the radiator the night before so that bundling up actually makes them warmer (we keep all of that stuff on the enclosed front porch, which isn't heated).  I have learned to check backpacks and set them by the door the night before, otherwise homework is forgotten, planners aren't signed and general chaos ensues.  I have learned to pack the bulk of their lunches the night before (minus the sandwich) or else I find myself paying for hot lunch far more often than I am truly comfortable.

And still, the process of getting the girls out of bed, dressed, breakfasted, bundled and out the door isn't a pleasant one for me.  Let's just say the snooze button gets hit an awful lot, especially since it is still pitch black when the bus picks them up these days, not to mention the time we actually have to get out of our cozy blankets.

A few times this winter I forgot to set my alarm clock, turned it off instead of hitting snooze, or just plain hit the dang snooze button one too many times (who invented that thing, anyway?).  This, of course, resulted in my driving the girls to school very late, or at least running out the door and flagging the bus driver down at the corner.  Bria was not happy with me whenever that happened and she demanded an alarm clock of her very own so that she could get herself up.

We obliged and bought her a cute little heart-shaped Hannah Montana alarm clock for Christmas.  I was shocked at how excited she was to receive this gift, as Bria is usually a bit more subdued about her gratitude.  Not this time.  She opened that gift and before I knew it she was flying at me to hug and kiss me and thanking us over and over again.

Cool.

Well, I should have bought it on the first day of school!  It has been wonderful!  Bria gets up at 6:30 am, all on her own, and even manages to get her sister up most days.  She gets herself ready, makes her bed (still working on Chloe), gets them both breakfast and is usually bundled up and ready to go before my alarm even goes off.  In fact, these days we're more likely to be awoken by the sound of happy little girls chatting in the kitchen over their Cheerios than we are a bleeping alarm clock. (And yes, I meant to type bleeping.)

I can saunter out of bed just in time to make sandwiches, put their lunchboxes in the backpacks and make sure they brush their teeth. Then we head out the door to the bus and I come home and head straight back to bed where I stay until the sun comes up an hour later. I can do this because I usually walk them to the bus stop in my (very warm) pajamas.

I'm still not a morning person, but at least mornings are a tiny bit more enjoyable now.

30 comments :

  1. I can totally relate! My oldest is 8 and he gets everyone up every morning. The three that are in school are generally dressed and getting their shoes on when I finally make an appearance. I scribble signatures onto behavior charts, throw lunches together, and then send them out the door with their dad. I NEVER have to worry about getting them up. Jordan takes care of it for me!

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  2. My oldest is exactly the same! When we lived in Puerto Rico, my kids all had to be on the bus by 6:00. Ay. Em.

    And my oldest really wanted time alone in the morning to watch CNN unmolested by his sibs.

    So he set his alarm for 5:00, breakfasted, and woke me up at 5:40.

    The kid was 10 years old at the time.

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  3. I LOVE it! I look forward to the day when Reed jumps at me with joy because of an alarm clock. (He's my morning boy. Jaxon is more like me. And Savvy is a LOT like me.)

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  4. My kids are like me. We all have to be dragged out of bed in the morning and we're lucky to get to school on time. I guess I taught them too well how to sleep in!

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  5. I totally thought this post was going to be about the Snuggie.

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  6. Thats wonderful! I love it when kids are so responsible that we don't have to worry about every single little thing anymore. Glad that is working out so well for you.

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  7. Oh how marvelous when they get to that point! Love it!

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  8. She's growing up! That was definitely money well spent.

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  9. My kids usually wake (woke) up happy, but the alarm clock thing never really took off. I still get them up. Lucky you!!!!

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  10. I'm reading this (the late night owl that I am) and smiling.

    I just set my morning alarm 30 minutes later tomorrow morning...on purpose. It's Friday and I've decided to declare it a new "sleep in" day. Kids will on purpose miss the bus and I'll drive them, for 30 minutes more sleep, it's worth it.

    PS: "Bleep" is a great word.

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  11. Isn't it funny how sometimes, the best gifts we can give our children is our own pair of ears... Congrats on the enjoyable mornings now... :-D

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  12. My eight year old is just like that. And I'm just like you. She (quite literally) bounces in the morning. Let's just say that if I weren't Mormon, I'd probably own a lot of stock in Starbucks.

    It doesn't matter what time we put her to bed either. The child is genetically programmed to be awake at 6 am. We have a hard and fast rule that she can't leave her room until 6:15.

    Unfortunately, the only practice time available is before school, so i'm forced to be up and at least somewhat coherent by 6:30 am. It's ugly I tell you. So it's not independence with getting up I'm looking forward to, it's being able to practice be herself... *yawn*

    And when I create my own world, there will be no such thing as morning people.

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  13. I remember the post, a few months again, when you said you had decided to get up every day at 6 AM (or was it 5?), and asking myself how you could be so cruel on yourself. This is a MUCH better solution!

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  14. Hooray for Bria! And for you, too! It's so great that you recognize everybody's individual body rhythms, and are working with them rather than fighting against them. Sounds like it's making life more harmonious for everybody! Besides, the sound of laughter and chatting is way more fun to wake up to than a horrible alarm...

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  15. I keep thinking maybe we should get one for C, but with all 3 kids in one room...
    Well, it doesn't work for us.
    And your bus stop talk is killing me.

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  16. My oldest is just the same ... and I am so glad to see that you can be a responsible loving mommy and still have your kids get their own cheerios every morning!!! ;) Have you seen the new chocolate cheerios?

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  17. How awesome! I still haven't relinquished that kind of control to Laci - for the days that I do want to sleep in (ie: Saturday). Granted, she's only 4, but she's a highly capable 4-year-old. We've joked since she was 18 months old that we could stock up the pantry and leave for a week. We'd return to quite a mess, but she would be happy, fed, and healthy. However, she's also the give-an-inch, take-a-foot kind of child, and that makes giving into her independent spirit VERY hard! I sometimes grow impatient with the slow progress, but at least we're making some, right?

    That said, I don't really feel like I'm losing much because I'm like Bria. Even if I WANT to sleep in, my body simply won't let me. And, the only time I curse passing that gene onto Laci and Jacob is when we hear them playing in the playroom or rummaging for food at 4 in the morning! (Yes, 4!)

    p.s. I love how you can turn a normal everyday experience into a fun story to read! ...must be why your blog is so popular, eh? ;)

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  18. I'm not a morning person either. Bleh!
    Thank heaven for children's alarm clocks. I envy your nighttime routine. I should start something similar.

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  19. Getting Jared an alarm clock changed my life too. We have the same morning routine that you have now: he wakes up Cam, they get ready for school and I come down for last-minute help with combing hair and making lunches. Kids actually do grow up!!!!!

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  20. Awesome! Let's hope it doesn't wear off like it did for both of my older daughters. Their alarm clock excitement lasted about half the school year, so that was something . . .

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  21. Anything to make life easier. It helps to have a sweetheart like Bria too.

    I am so not a morning person either. I wonder if I ever will be.

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  22. Great Story!!! I'm a morning person.. so I hop right out of bed... and mornings go pretty smoothly here... BUT... you got to love it when your kids start doing more and more for themselves... and it surprises you .... I know it does me!! Ü

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  23. I wish I had a miracle alarm clock! The oldest DD is all over the place with her sleep schedule, and has never really slept through a night. The Middle DD is a night owl (like her mom), and is gifted which means she requires less sleep, and the youngest DD is a morning songbird. All I can say is Heavenly Father really knew that I can get by with very little sleep or else I wouldn't have gotten the three I did! :-) They are complete opposites and I am awake until 12, up at 2 at 4 and finally at 6. Oh, well..I do get to enjoy their company for more of a 24hr. period than most.

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  24. How cute that she wanted her own alarm clock!

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  25. My oldest does the same. Except I am still in charge of getting everyone breakfast.

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  26. It was a beautiful day when my oldest could tell time.

    And get himself a bowl of cereal.

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  27. The happy chatter from little girls sounds like a significantly more pleasant alarm clock. Something to make you smile, for a moment at least.

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  28. That is genius! My 6 year old is always the first one up, I should deputize him.

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  29. Girl, I can SOOO relate to this post! That is why I love it when my kids hit about 3 or 4 and can start to make their own breakfasts, giving me a few extra winks!

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