When our twins were babies, they woke before the sun rose. Every morning, without fail, they were awake between 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. If we kept them up later at night, they woke up at the exact same time. We never used alarm clocks because our twins were alarm clocks stuck on “too early.”
I am not a morning person, so this was a nightmare for me. For a long time, my husband would get up with them while I slept a little bit longer, then showered, because when you have twin babies, you really don’t have a moment to yourself. And I would die if I had to get up at 5:00 a.m. every morning.
The early mornings were the worst. I would say, “Just wait until they’re teenagers! I’m going to be vacuuming in their rooms at 6:00 a.m. for revenge!”
But the years passed and now they are teenagers. And I’m sleeping at 6:00 a.m.! And 7:00 a.m.! They are sleeping at 8:00 a.m. And 9:00 a.m.! Earlier this week, I was downstairs at 7:30 a.m. (getting breakfast for my almost-4 year old) and I heard the boys’ alarm beeping. It beeps for an hour before it shuts off.
It beeped the whole hour and they did not stir, not even to push the “snooze” button.
They sleep like the dead, these teenagers. This is the first summer that they have slept in (until 10:00 a.m. some mornings). Which has been glorious in many ways.
But now, it’s past 11:30 p.m. and they are awake. (I broke up a fight about a blanket just a few minutes ago.) They will be sleeping at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow, I am sure of it.
And then Thursdays? They have to be up and ready for school-at-home by 8:30 a.m. (My third-grader has to leave the house by 8:10 a.m. . . . and his go-to-sleep time has shifted, too–I heard him in the bathroom at 11:00 p.m.! He’s been sleeping in until 9:00 a.m., too, a remarkably late time for him!)
All the parenting magazines and advice columns say to gradually shift the waking up time of your kids so they are back on track by the time school starts. I tried, I did, really. But alas, Thursday morning they’ll be waking up after a rather short night because I have not been able to get anyone to fall asleep at a decent hour.
I have a plan, though. Bacon. I’m going to fry bacon at 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning and if I know teenage boys, they’ll be at the table, inhaling the greasy goodness of bacon faster before I can even say “Time to wake up!”
At least that’s my plan.
By the way, over the summer, each of my kids grew a whole inch. And my son’s voice changed in the past two weeks. I’m living in a fast-forwarded life and I think I might be missing the good parts. Why is there no rewind button?