Starting The Day


I'm struggling with something big time, and I'd like the advice and wisdom or just commiseration of the other moms out there.  I guess I'm also hoping that by posting and putting myself out there that I will hold myself more accountable.

I've never been a morning person.  Ever.  My mom used to let me stay in bed while she dressed me and fixed my hair for kindergarten.  I never grew out of this.  All throughout my school years I was always late for school and one year was able to rearrange my schedule so that I didn't really have a class first period - that's when I fixed my hair and makeup. 

Obviously, in college I didn't choose any morning classes.  I once dropped a class because it was at 9 a.m. and I just couldn't make it.  I was a little better once I started working, but I'm a pretty good employee so bosses have generally been flexible about the hours I keep.

I just assumed having a baby would set me on the right track, and I'd start getting out of bed at a normal hour and functioning like a normal adult.  Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) Georgia inherited my love of sleep. 

David's alarm goes off at 5:30 and occasionally she starts to fuss without really waking.  When this happens, I just put her in bed with me and we both sleep happily through the rest of the morning.  When she wakes on her own, it's right around 8:40.  But a few times, we have both slept until 10 a.m., only waking because my phone rang!

If she was still waking at all hours of the night, I wouldn't mind not being a morning person.  But she sleeps wonderfully.  And no adult regularly needs twelve hours of sleep.  She's almost three months old - I've caught up on my zzzs.

Ideally I would love to wake up at 6 and finish my breakfast, workout and shower before she wakes.  But realistically, I am going to shoot for 7:30 and just get my thoughts together before she wakes.

Moms - tell me.  What does a typical morning look like for you? Are the kids your alarm or do you get up and start your day before they are up?  What time is a reasonable wake time for a new, but not too new, mom?  Or are you of the "sleep while you can, it's never guaranteed" camp?