The musings of a juggling mother

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Saturday, August 27, 2005

A weekend lie-in - not!

Got up at 6.00am this morning! I try to aim for 7am as a suitable time for children to emerge from their bedrooms, but it doesn't work very well much of the time. Mstr A can tell the time now & is a good sleeper, so he is usually ok, unless woken up by one of the girls. However LM Blond is still setting her body clock by the sun, so summer mornings can start as early as 5am - I'm hoping she might learn to lie-in as winter comes round. LM Dark usually wakes in the early hours for a feed, but she's not good at time keeping, and feed time varies alot. If it's after 5am, she tends to stay awake, which wakes up LM Blond, which wakes up Mstr A......

I tried to convince them all to go back to sleep this morning,bjut after 30 mins of dragging LM Dark back from the edge of the bed, shushing LM Blond as she chatted, and avoiding Mstr A's sharp toenails as he kicked me in the back, I gave up & took them downstairs, thinking I'd be kind & give Mr A a lie-in. He better get some DIY done this weekend now - I can't remember the last time I had a lie-in. Mr A has ocasionally got up with kids on a weekend morning, but I still have to get up to feed the baby, then give her to him. Then wake him up again as he'll drop off to sleep irrelevent of chatting, kicking & crawling death-wishes. Then stay awake while he turns on the light, get dressed, and tells me how nice he is giving me a lie-in. Then, before I have a chance to get back to sleep I usually hear the odd arguament/shouting match that has escalated out of control. This will be followed up by one child or another coming in to complain to me about the behaviour of another. By the time I've sorted them out & sent them back downstairs, it's time to feed the baby again! Surprisingly my lie-ins tend to end fairly quickly.

Oh well, hopefully the girls will both learn to sleep this winter. I can remember that once upon a time I would wake up feeling refreshed after a nights sleep, but I can't truely remember what that felt like!


  • At Saturday, August 27, 2005 9:22:00 am, Blogger Wyndham said…

    I've never been a morning person and, usually, Dexter will wake up between 6am and 7am. In order to head off arguments and resentment, myself and Mrs T both get up. After all this time it still kills me - every day! If I wanted to get up this early, I would have joined the Army.

  • At Saturday, August 27, 2005 12:15:00 pm, Blogger Juggling Mother said…

    When we had one child, and both worked FT, we used to alternate the mornings, which was quite good (although I still had to wake up to feed him for the first year, and I always did the night-time stuff cos Mr A can't be woken by a herd of elephants!)

  • At Saturday, August 27, 2005 2:41:00 pm, Blogger Mary P. said…

    And mine are all teens now. (Well, close: the youngest just turned 12, but you should see this child. Quite lovely. And I'm so unbiased, I'm sure.)

    The point being that we're having the completely opposite problems. Teenagers tend to be complete and utter morning slugs. I have nice quiet mornings now. It's getting them INTO bed at the other end of the day that is the issue. I swear, left to their own devices, they'd slip right round the clock and become completely nocturnal.

    This would be the point at which I say I miss those sweet early years, but in this respect, that'd be an utter lie. I've paid my dues, suffered my years of sleep-deprivation, and now I get to sleep in on weekends.

    And now I shall spoil the whole story by admitting that I never sleep in past 7:30 at the latest. I am such a morning person!!

  • At Saturday, August 27, 2005 5:04:00 pm, Blogger craziequeen said…

    At the moment I would rather have kids....

    As it is, I have an elderly cat who thinks anything after 4am is a reasonable time for me to get up - and a partner who can sleep through *anything*.......

  • At Saturday, August 27, 2005 9:38:00 pm, Blogger Juggling Mother said…

    I sthat you volunteering to come & babysit overnight sometime while I run off somewhere adult for a long weekend in bed. Sleping!

  • At Saturday, August 27, 2005 10:02:00 pm, Blogger Aginoth said…

    {Ears prick up}

    An adult long weekend in bed....woo hoo {insert dirty laugh here}

  • At Saturday, August 27, 2005 10:04:00 pm, Blogger Juggling Mother said…


    Did i invite you? I don't fink so.

    Men really do have one track minds

  • At Saturday, August 27, 2005 10:21:00 pm, Blogger craziequeen said…

    Hey, Mrs A - the offer has been on the table for a while now :-)

    But remember our deal - I babysit for a night - you no make more babies!! :-)

  • At Saturday, August 27, 2005 10:42:00 pm, Blogger Juggling Mother said…

    No way. definitely not. I guarentee it.

    Only another five months to go, and I stop being a milk machine & you get the little darlings. I promise.

  • At Saturday, August 27, 2005 10:52:00 pm, Blogger craziequeen said…

    hmm - something tells me you are looking forward to a nice weekend away :-)


  • At Sunday, August 28, 2005 10:21:00 pm, Blogger Mary P. said…

    You guys crack me up. heeheehee

    (Are these word verification things getting longer, or have you set it up to
    screen out undesirables - questionable readers get 12-letter jumbles, the others get 5?? Mine was "yjzmnpeue".
    "Peue", indeed!)

  • At Monday, August 29, 2005 11:53:00 am, Blogger craziequeen said…

    My WV average seems to be about 6 letters - for some reason Mr A's blog demands longer ones... :-S
    (ah - this one is 7!)

    Mary P, you think this is fun - you should see us all three in the same room - with the children :-)



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