But it's just an hour!

Nov 10 2010 Published by under [Et Al], [Life Trajectories]

Time change. Something I have never had trouble with before. Turn the clocks back in the fall and forward in the spring. Yup, got it.

Except this year. I don't know what the hell is different this year, but the time change threw a King Kong sized monkey wrench into my house this year. It started with the Wee One and trickled down from there. She normally wakes up around 6:00 +/- 15 minutes. She's pretty good about this and I can count on one hand the number of times we have had to get out of bed earlier than this since she was about 6 months old.

Until this week.

Our first tip off should have been that she suddenly was possessed by a she-devil, because the kid wouldn't listen to a thing starting on Sunday. Tantrums, general craziness and just doing things because she knew it would push our buttons. Every child has times when they do this, but this was constant. Like, do we really want to have another some day, constant.

Come Monday, she started waking up early - in the 4's. Early in the 4's. I can handle something in the 5:00 range, but 4:00ish. Nope. No good. We battled with her on Monday and kept her up as late as we could, but Tuesday brough another O dark o'clock wake up and another long day.

The flip side of that is the my wife and I are going to bed super early because we're getting woken up at 4:30, by MOMMA! DADDA! We were literally in bed at 8:30 last night and completely unapologetic about it. That means I'm not getting work done in the evenings and we barely have time after getting the Wee One to sleep to chat and spend time together before we're unconscious.

Today brought some relief in that the Wee One actually slept in, but of course we woke up uber early in anticipation of the yells. That they didn't come is some comfort, though perhaps not today as we drag through work again.

One hour. That's all it took to destroy the fragile harmony of our house life for a few days.

8 responses so far

  • Namnezia says:

    How old is the wee one? My son (5) occasionally goes through phases where he would wake up really early and start calling us. We made a point of ignoring him until a normal time (6 am) and eventually he would just go back to sleep. Even if he comes to our room, I just walk him back and tell him he HAS to go back to bed or at least sit quietly in bed until 6.

  • proflikesubstance says:

    She's half that age and is not the type to be ignored. Our best strategy so far has been to intervene early and convince her to go back to sleep. The problem is that it generally only last long enough for us to fall back asleep. She's like a human snooze alarm.

    Luckily this morning was better, so I'm hoping she gets back on schedule.

  • tideliar says:

    Booze. Lots of booze. For all three of you.

    It's the only hope.

  • D. C. Sessions says:

    If a little schadenfreude helps, you can imagine that she's having an asthma attack at 04:00, plus or minus seconds. And she's twins.

    That, or take it out on the idiots in your legislature who inflict chronological abuse, adverse health consequences, and (as it happens) increased costs on their constituents. You're paying them to take abuse, so you might as well get your money's worth.

  • Diziet Sma says:

    Delurking in sympathy............

    During our own "4.30 Sessions", I came to think of toddlers as animals. Well, we're all animals, but they are more animal than most of us.

    My main tool was additional exercise (for the child, not me).

    Best of luck.

  • CoR says:

    Trying to be sympathetic. Not really happening.

  • Patchi says:

    Take her potty and tell her it's the middle of the night - works with mine most of the time.

  • PUI Prof says:

    We have a "five thirty is tooo early" song. It's not a suggestion because it doesn't work.
    Had to change it this morning. Too bad 5 o'clock doesn't rhyme with too early.

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