Early to Rise

As the sun rises earlier each day, so it seems our girls. It probably doesn’t help that their room is on the eastern side of the house.

Today Sophie started screaming at 6:30. When Dom went it, Bella explained that she’d fallen and hit her head. Which means they’d both been up playing for some time before that.

I don’t know what we’re going to do if this trend continues this summer. I don’t want to get up at 5:30! Bella we can tell that it’s not time to get up and she’ll gladly lie down and go back to sleep or else play quietly by herself. I don’t think Sophie’s at that stage yet, though. And if Sophie is up and crying, Bella’s going to be crying too. Or at least cowering in her bed with her hands over her ears.

As much as I hate to admit it, though, this morning was so much more productive than our usual wont. Sophie was nursed and I was dressed and making breakfast by 7:30. By 9:30, which is when we’re usually finishing breakfast, the living room had been vacuumed, the girls were both dressed, my shopping list had been written, and we were out the door to go to the grocery store.

Because we got the shopping done so early, Sophie was in a good mood the whole time and didn’t meltdown until after we got home. Then she was satisfied for a time with lunch in her highchair while I put away groceries and Bella ate outside. I gave Bella some bread, cheese and grapes in a bowl and she ate her lunch on the back step, once I’d put down a picnic blanket for her to sit on. (It was 57 and sunny today, if a bit windy.) I ate my lunch and got Sophie down for her nap and then got Bella down for her nap by 1. We’ve been drifting closer to 2 or 2:30 and crankiness has resulted. Because she got to eat outside, there was no fighting over Bella’s lunch. Usually I have to struggle with her over every bite as she wants to run around and play instead of sitting in a chair to eat at the table. Oh I can’t wait until the weather is good enough for her to do so every day!

Is it possible that the Lenten sacrifice I’m being asked to make is rising early so as to make the most of the day? I can’t deny that it is very nice to be able to sit down for some alone time in the early afternoon while both girls nap. Maybe even worth having to wake up early?

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