Although I hate to admit it most of the time, I have an early riser. I don't mean a 7 AM'er...I have a legit early riser. Her name is Olivia and she wakes-up at 5:00 AM. Every. Single. Day. Spare me the tips, we have tried early bedtime, late bedtime, moving it bedtime back in slow, 15-minute increments... you name it, we have done it! The one thing we have not tried is co-sleeping and, as much I appreciate those who can do it, this is simply not an option for us... and by "us" I mean "me." Bedtime is "my" time and I plan to stay completely selfish about it.
So, back to my early riser! This little lady sleeps all night long, (usually...she is currently in a "scared phase" so that has put a damper on things) but, for as long as she has been outside of the womb, she has popped her cute, curly blonde head right up off of her "Frozen" pillow and been ready to await the sun's arrival (this is real life, she ACTUALLY asks where the sun is until it is visible... it's a whole thing).
I won't lie and say that my husband and I love this about her. However, if she simply can not sleep a moment later and one of us HAS to get up with her than, sleepily, I have to make a list of pros. Here are some reasons that it actually is nice (sometimes) to have an early riser:
1. No guilt television watching.
Seriously, who feels guilty at 5:00 AM letting their child watch TV? Anything before 7:00 AM and/or coffee should truly be judgment-free. I mean HELLO, I am up ensuring her safety at least, right?
2. The early riser is "settled" before any siblings arrive.
Waking-up with our toddler means I can get her show on, get her some milk and talk her in to eating some breakfast all before her little sister even bats an eyelash. It is a rare occasion that both children aren't demanding my attention at the same time; when it's only one child it's almost like I'm on vacation...almost.
3. Ample time is available for coffee-making and the like.
...and breakfast eating. Once you get the early riser settled you will find that everyone is STILL asleep and you can maybe even sneak in a little breakfast.
4. One-on-one time.
This should have been my #1 point but our early riser is our older child (almost 3). Since her little sister's arrival, as you can imagine, she has had to accept the fact that she receives a decreased amount of attention. On the days that I wake-up with her it is always a special treat for both of us as we get a little time to chat and get our snuggles in before everyone else joins us and the baby needs my undivided attention again.
Please tell me there are other early risers out there! How do you stay sane? I get by on coffee and snuggles...