I have always loved mornings. However, I must admit that I do find it harder to get up now that I have kids.
Lorelei used to sleep in until 10-11. I was able to get a lot of typing done. I think it might be possible that if it was just our family in the house she might still be sleeping that late but my sister has to get up in the mornings to go to work as well as take care of the cats. They (the cats) are LOUD! Totally might be wishful thinking on my part. Lorelei started getting up earlier and earlier when my parents were here. I think some of it is the design of the house. Lorelei just didn't want to miss anything. I found myself being woken up by Lorelei coming into my room every day. While that is a sweet way to wake up I struggled with not being able to have alone time with the Lord each morning. So I tried getting up earlier and earlier but found Lorelei also getting up earlier and earlier. And I just couldn't bring myself to wake up at 4:30!
I have seen the wake up clocks etc. but decided I would try just telling Lorelei to stay in her room until 7:30. I told her the reasons why. I needed to have special time with Jesus as well as she needed to have energy and not throw so many fits because she was tired. And I love this sweet girl. Explanations are key for her. It made sense to her and I have never had a bit of trouble ever since. We have lots of trouble in other things. Lest you think we have all our ducks in a row.
Boaz...I hesitate to claim he has any sort of rhyme or reason to his ways. Love that kid. He gets up zero to two times a night. Kinda hard to know what to expect. Oh well. I'm thankful I don't have the pressure of teaching hanging over me and thus the pressure of sleep. I'm thankful he gets up to eat and as long as I don't make eye contact and especially don't smile at him, he is ready to lay back in bed. And you know what? I'm thankful for those nighttime feedings. It is just me and him. Warm and snuggly. And he usually doesn't get up until 7:30-9.
So, Lorelei doesn't get up until 7:30 and Boaz is asleep as well. So, I can either sleep while my kids are sleeping (there are no naps while the baby is napping when there is more than one child) or get up early to have a quiet time. Well, I have found that my days go so much smoother and I have so much more to offer my children (and husband!) when I forego a little extra sleep and have my quiet time.
And Chris...I have not forgotten about him. He is at work by the time any of this is going down at the house. He leaves about 4:45 am. And want to talk about early riser? He gets up at 3 for his quiet time. I love that man!
I was excited to see this post on my newsfeed on Facebook. This is what the Lord has led me to...waking up FOR my kids rather than TO my kids. I also signed up for the fall #hellomornings challenge for a little extra accountability in this area. Basically you chose a small accountability group either on Facebook or Twitter of other likeminded women and check in in the mornings. I'm excited!
PS-I love coffee. So, if I only get four hours of sleep I just drink a little more of the good stuff. Drank coffee while pregnant so it doesn't faze the boy and didn't the girl either.