First, if you want to see the birthday pictures and the boys’ artwork, go back to yesterday’s post, which I’ve updated.
I am desperate for more sleep. Now, I could be smart about things and go to bed earlier, and that would help. However, I don’t get that much time in the day for myself or to spend with Matt, so I’m reluctant to regularly call it a day at 9pm. Instead, I want my kids to sleep later than, oh, say, 5:45am. I’m not kidding.
Jack Henry’s always been an early riser. We’ve tried putting him to bed later, and it doesn’t help. He still wakes no later than 6:15 most mornings. I thought that the sun coming in his window (despite a room-darkening shade that isn’t a perfect fit for the window – thank you, previous homeowners! You’re the best!) had to be what was waking him. So last week, I used masking tape to secure the shade to the window. Classy. But, alas, a LOT of light gets let in at the top of the window, where I cannot tape anything to anything else. So that wasn’t a good solution, and nevermind, it looked awful.
The last straw was Monday morning, when Jack Henry woke up at 5:30, and woke Luke, too, who was not able to fall back asleep. This can get to be day-ruining after a while, because Luke doesn’t nap, but he sure does get cranky when he’s tired (ditto all of that for Bennett – he just happened to not wake up early yesterday). Usually, when Jack wakes up, I bring him into our room if it’s after 6, and before that, I make him stay in his bed with some books. But if he’s loud, I get him up pretty quickly so that he won’t wake the boys. When Luke was up for the day that early, I had to do something.
This is what I did.
I actually nailed a blanket to the wall. And then we had to move the crib so that he doesn’t try to pull it down.
How did it work, you ask? Oh, Jack Henry woke up today at 5:10. Yep. Even better than before. Seriously, I cannot catch a break. I know that paybacks are h*ll, and I was an early riser, so this is probably some sort of cosmic “gotcha!” that I’m suffering through. Don’t mind me if I shoot lasers from my eyes at you while you tell me your child sleeps past 8am.
Honestly, I’m thinking of covering the window in the big boys’ room, too…Luke is awakened pretty easily in the morning, and this might help. Our house will look hoosier for a while, but if I’m sleeping past the crack of dawn, I don’t think I care.
In the meantime, I’m looking into a white noise machine or something for Jack Henry’s room…the birds (which I hate. I hate birds. There, I said it.) are so loud in the morning in this blessed wooded neighborhood of ours that I’m started to wonder if that’s what’s causing such an early morning wake-up.
Pardon me now, while I slip away for a few moments of shut-eye…Bennett’s got a fever today and is watching a movie, Jack Henry’s napping (of course), and Olivia (big thanks to you!) has Luke at the pool for a bit…