It’s 4 am, and I’m awake

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Ever since having kids, I’ve held a special hatred in my heart for the time change. Screw the farmers – my kids are messed up for weeks after we “fall back” and “spring forward.”

No offense farmers. I think you’re great. Thanks for the milk and wheat.

In past years, I’ve tried adjusting bedtimes for the week leading up to a time change. I’ve adjusted nap schedules and eaten dinner earlier or later depending on what would make our transition easier.

One year, I even made sure I was out of town for the time change. Sorry Mom!

But this year? This year I was downright cocky.

Time change? Pffftttt – I’m not scared of no time change.

We told the kids that if they came into our rooms before their clocks said 7 am, they would be in trouble forever.

When our oldest started crying – because he usually walks into our room at 6:15 am every single morning because he’s so hungry he might not survive another minute (after a full dinner and a bedtime snack – don’t worry mom!) – we put a cup of applesauce on the kitchen table and told him to come on down, help himself and then go back to bed.

I even scheduled a little message to go live on Facebook at 5 am to say,

Anyone else up bright and early this morning – reminiscing about the good old days when “falling back” meant an extra hour of sleep?

I laughed a little as I scheduled it thinking of the poor, poor people who would be awake at 5 am on a Sunday to read that on Facebook.

Poor things. Stuck on Facebook at 5 am while I was tucked snug in my bed dreaming about Crisco.

And then – in a cruel twist of fate – I woke up at 4 am.

4 am.

As in, midnight, 1, 2, 3, FOUR!

Just. Awake.

My kids are sleeping soundly.

Even Steven is snoring a little.

And I already ate Miles’s cup of applesauce.

So I’m currently on the couch, an hour later, chatting with people on Facebook that responded to my “scheduled” 5 am post.

You win, time change. You win!

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  1. Herchel S

    November 4, 2013 at 5:55 am

    You tempted the universe by scheduling that status update!

  2. Janine Huldie

    November 4, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Too funny and seriously my pet peeve about this it is too bright when I wake it the morning. I truly like it dark and dreary like my my morning disposition when I wake. So not a morning person here and also hate that now it is dark by 5 pm. God how I hate that!

  3. Mom

    November 4, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Well my dear daughter, I think the key word here is ‘cocky’….you KNOW what happens when you get an attitude…..and making my grandson cry? When he has done NOThING!! Serves you right for being awake at 4 a.m.
    Although, now that I think about it – you ARE getting older…..trying to remember when my sleep issues began …(if you get my drift)

  4. Devon

    November 4, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Aww that stinks so bad! We forgot to change the clock in my son’s room so he’s been up since 5:30 alternately whining and messing around. Can’t even get too mad because it’s kind of my fault!
    *Shakes fist at time!*

  5. Crazed in the Kitchen

    November 4, 2013 at 7:28 am

    I learned the hard way about posting stuff on Facebook, too. When my 2nd son was a baby, I posted all about what a great sleeper he was. I regretted that–all night, every night–for a long, long time!

  6. Kathy at kissing the frog

    November 4, 2013 at 7:56 am

    The only time I’ve ever wished the teenage years would hurry up and get here is when it comes to sleeping later.

  7. Lisa R. Petty

    November 4, 2013 at 8:14 am

    What is it about 4AM? I frequently wake up at that hour, for no reason.
    I have good news for you, some day, your kids will be teens. When that happens, your room is the LAST place they will go. 🙂

  8. John Woodard

    November 4, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Just a nit here, but daylight savings time has zippo to do with the farmers. Farmers get up and go to bed when they need to regardless of what the clock says. It actually has to do with saving energy. Personally I think we should just stay on daylight time year round; extra daylight in the morning helps with the school kids for maybe a month before it’s dark at the bus stop again (or worse, they’re crossing the road when drivers are looking right into the newly risen sun), but the ability for the kids to have SOME outdoor time after school would be a much bigger benefit I think.

  9. Shelly Kramer

    November 4, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Just wait until peri-menopause. You’ll be WELL acquainted with 4am!

  10. Lisa

    November 4, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    I far prefer this time change to the one in March…just sayin’

  11. My Special Kind of Crazy

    November 4, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    HAHAHA! Your mom is awesome. I think she is sending you a (thinly veiled) hint.
    At 6:15am I heard my 4 yo say to the 11mo- who was wide awake- “shh! Mommy gets extra time to sleep today!” and she sang to her and kept her happy until 7am! I am not above renting her out for next year…give me your best offer…

  12. sparkling74

    November 4, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    I also woke up at 4am and promptly went right back to sleep! This morning, however, I woke up way before I needed to and just laid there not wanting to get up but not really sleeping. GRRR.

  13. Parri Sontag (Her Royal Thighness)

    November 4, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Next year, we should all exchange numbers, so we don’t have to be lonely at 4 a.m. ! Ana, I love your writing style. You make simple things so fun to read!

  14. Kristina Grum @ Sew Curly

    November 4, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    But Kathy, will we be ABLE to sleep in by then?

  15. Trish

    November 5, 2013 at 12:05 am

    I grew up in Indiana, where up until a few years ago, most of the state didn’t do time change. I remember when I moved away to Florida and it was time to “fall back” I was all, what fresh hell is this? And I’ve hated time change ever since!

  16. Jennifer McCullough

    November 5, 2013 at 2:25 am

    My toddler woke up from his afternoon nap today and it was already starting to get dark. He was a little concerned something was not right outside. I had no clue how to explain to him that this is the time of year mama gets depressed and eats lots of chocolate.

  17. [email protected]

    November 5, 2013 at 6:15 am

    I thought you might really like to know that my daughter strolled in to us at 8.30am and got into the bed and slept for another hour. A little angel… oh wait! is that being cocky? Rats! She’ll be up at 5am now tomorrow, no doubt.

  18. Tiny

    November 6, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Hahaha, totally funny. I did this last night -.-

    I woke up at the unnecessary hour of 5 am in the morning, and then sat in bed and watched my 15 month old wake up at 6 am 😀 oh joy…luckily she went to bed after another hour of playing with her toys. YAYYY got some sleep at least.

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