Friday, June 12, 2009

I'm one of them now

It's 7 pm and Ainsley is in bed. This seems crazy! 7? That's so early! Addison was always such a night owl and I'm so used to being able to take her out to restaurants, get togethers, even late night New Year's Eve celebrations! Even now, it's a pain to get her to go to bed by 9 pm. I never understood my friends who had to miss out on all the fun stuff because of bedtime. In fact, a bunch of my friends who don't have kids thought Devin and I were fun because we liked to hang out late and would just cart Addison around with us.


Ainsley's different. She gets crabby. Reeeeeealllllllly crabby. Unbearable. I couldn't figure out why she was getting so crabby every single evening right around 7 pm until I talked to my friend Alison from church who said her kids go to bed at 7.
"But I don't want to be one of those moms" I told her (I suffer from foot in mouth disease).
"Well I'm one of those moms, Marie, and it works."

Dang. She's right! Tonight Ainsley started getting fussy around 6:45, so I put her little "Does this diaper make my butt look big?" onesie on, swaddled her up and put her to bed thinking she'd surely throw a huge fit because it's so early. Nope. Didn't cry at all. Went right to sleep. I even went in to check on her and she was smiling in her sleep!

Who knows? Maybe she'll wake up 30 minutes later and scream and I'll delete this whole post, but I'm willing to give it a try if it's what she needs. Just add it to my ongoing "selfish desires I didn't even realize I had until I had kids" list. :)


Carmen said...

Welcome to the club! :) And who may just be for a season...Hannah has been slowly pushing her bedtime back, and it's now close to out! :) One thing I know, however, is that it is so worth it to do what works for your child(ren).

Erica said...

Marie I'm glad you've joined us. Calvin still goes to bed at 7:00 and he's 20 months old. I do love the time it gives Marvin and I at night. We can sometimes push his bedtime back when we are out, but 8:00 is about his limit, after that the flood gates of tantrums occur. Last night it was 8:00 before he went to bed and he took a 3 hour nap today. That boy was tired. It's funny how all kids are different. I'm glad you've found something that's working for you. Plus it will give Addison some alone time with you guys.

Anonymous said...

Marie....Roslyn was and still is a huge night owl! Aly came along and totally rocked my world with wanting to eat dinner early, bathe early and go to bed early! I truly don't mind, for the most part...cause I love to sleep....but I agree with you, it does make it harder to work your social plans around an early bedtime! Hang in there!

Alisha said...

I'm with everyone else - emelyn goes to bed around 7:30. What's funny is that when we try to push it to 9 she usually wakes up during the night AND wakes up early in the morning (5:30-6 vs 7-7:30.) No more dinners out with friends, but having a happy girl the next day is worth it! I too said I'd never be one of those "sleep obsessed-world revolves around the baby" people and I'm afraid I've joined the crowd. :(

Michele said...

happy babies, happy life.

H.E.A. said...

I LOVE your honesty :)

I don't think you're just prefer things your way haha :)

Erika said...

Marie, your picture CRACKS me up!! Love it. And your story is great too. I don't mind the blog snooping at all and here is a really good 100% whole-wheat recipe I found.

1 1/8 c. water
1 1/2 T. shortening (I used oil)
1/3 c. honey (I used under 1/4 c.)
1 1/2 t. salt
3 c. whole wheat flour
1 T. dry milk powder
1 1/2 t. active dry yeast

Place in bread machine pan in the order suggested by manufacturer. Select whole wheat setting (1 1/2 lb. loaf) and press Start.

Let me know if you like it!