How do you wake up in the morning?
I’m guessing that your eyes open and you shift a bit in your bed, maybe stretch a little, and then – silently – let your consciousness become alert. Then you probably sit up, maybe drink a glass of water, and head to the bathroom or to the kitchen to turn on the coffeemaker.
I.e., very calm, quiet, and chill.
How do children wake up? Not like this!
Let me me list a few of the more funny (“funny”) ways my children say “good morning!”
P.S. As every parent knows, this is our alarm clock, at least on the weekend. So this is how they wake up and therefore how we wake up, too.
- Recently Toddler woke up BELTING out, rather off-key, Let It Go. Even damped by the monitor, this was very loud. We’re pretty sure she went directly from dead asleep to this 120dB concert. No, I will not be setting Let It Go as my alarm ring tone anytime soon. F— you, Elsa!
- Crying/shrieking. Inevitable from children, I know. But Toddler does this when she wakes up with a wet diaper (it’s very rare now … we’re almost in underwear at night!). She’s upset with herself and she lets us know it! Still, I hope for her rational side to take over so she’ll just wake up and say calmly, “Huh, I peed my diaper. Oh well. I guess I’ll just try tomorrow for a dry one. Time to change!” (Pipe dream)
- Baby alternates between adorable cooing and fervent crying in the morning. Occasional she’ll just lay there saying, “Day-dle day-dle day-dle day-dle … a-ladlelelelelelel … day-dle day-dle!” I imagine her calmly daydreaming while providing her own background music. This is an ideal wake-up for us!
- About a year ago my husband was home sick from work and napping on the couch. Toddler came into the living room (after I told her to be quiet for daddy) and walked right in front of the couch. Before I could stop her, she put her face 3 inches from his and half-shouted, “Mickey-ah!” Ten points to him for not jumping off the couch, but he was startled! And annoyed….
- “Mom! Mom! Mom! Mom! Mom! Mom! MOM! MOM! MOM! MOM!” Enough said.
Am I looking forward to adding to this list as the girls get older? Masochistically, maybe a little. I’d much rather wake up to my own blissful silence, but I guess this is at least entertainment. I guess….
How do your kids wake up? Or are you full-on adult and wake up to an actual alarm clock 7 days a week? (I have definitely not achieved that pro-status yet!)