Another school year has begun, and with it, a new schedule.
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I'm more of a late-morning gal as opposed to an early morning one. So when I realized I would be getting up at 6am, I gagged a little.
Now, I know many of you must rise earlier. Like 4:30am earlier! And I'm shaking my head and murmuring my condolences to you. But 6am just seems...yucky to me.
In a perfect world, I would have been slowly easing my wake time over the past two weeks. I would have been doing the same for my kids. In a somewhat perfect-ish world, I would have at least done this the past week.
In my real world, we slept in until the day we had to get up. It's shocking to the system, but that's life.
I can't speak for you, but here's how new schedules usually go in our house.
Day 1: Everyone jumps out of bed at the alarm. We're all excited and nervous about the start of the school year. The morning flies by smoothly. Happy times!
Day 2: Waking up isn't as easy. We're tired. We got less sleep than usual, and our energy is depleted from the excitement of day one. The morning is ripe for bickering and tension. I drink a lot of coffee. A lot of coffee.
Day 3: We get up, but we're all overtired. The simplest question can result in a snappy comeback, and none of us possesses the patience sorely needed to avoid a verbal war. We try to keep talking to a minimum and just survive the day. I drink more coffee. I add M&Ms to the afternoon snack.
Day 4: Our bodies are finally adjusting--and maybe the school week was cut short. We smile, knowing we can catch up on rest over the weekend. We're still a bit chippy, but it's not the edge of war anymore.
Day 5: Yeah, we got this! We're tired at night and functional in the morning. No sweat!
Adjusting to a new schedule causes my tension to soar. By recognizing it's temporary, I'm able to hold on to my sanity. However, I doubt I'll ever become a morning person. Give me two days, and I've completely reverted to staying up--and getting up--late!
So, let's hear it. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Have a fantastic weekend!