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Sleepy twins

October 25th, 2010

As Olivia matures, there are more and more things about her that I recognize as something she inherited from me or Claus. Somtimes it's a funny facial expression, sometimes it's what I believe is a character trait. (Stubborn could be something she got from Claus, or from just being three.) Lately, I have noticed how she hates getting up in the morning, and I am absolutely certain she gets that from me.

In the morning, we all rise at 6 a.m. because we all have to leave by 7 for work and school. Claus gets up first. He always does. He has no problem getting up in the morning to go exercise at 5 a.m. I don't understand it. Furthermore, he only needs six or seven hours of sleep. I envy that.

I have never liked to get up earlier than 8 a.m., and I have always needed about nine or ten hours of sleep. In times of stress, I have needed eleven hours. This isn't a complaint at all, but due to the mental taxation of a new job and a new working culture, my brain is completely spent at the end of every day. There is never a time at work that I can go on auto-pilot because it's all so new to me. I have been going to sleep at 8:30 p.m. (give or take a half hour) since I started this job seven weeks ago.

Well, both Olivia and I have been reluctant risers. So yes, even though we have been getting a lot of sleep, we still like more. In the morning, Claus wakes up and takes a shower. By virtue of his making noise and turning on the bathroom light, it's meant to be a gentle wake up. Of course, I never respond. I lie there in half-sleep and wait until he comes out, and turns on the overhead light. Then he walks into Olivia's room and does the same.

We still don't wake up. I didn't realize this, but according to an exasperated husband, we both flip over on our stomachs and cover our eyes. So he dries off and puts on his work clothes, and then comes to bug us again. He takes the covers off and kisses us good morning. Sometimes we still keep lying there. He walks back and forth between Olivia's room and the master bedroom, in a futile effort to get his girls out of bed.

This morning, he sighed and shrugged his shoulders and rolled his eyes at me. I started laughing. I got up and walked into Olivia's room and got into bed with her. I cuddled her. It at first annoyed her to be woken up, but after a flurry of kisses, she started laughing. "Mommy, we're sleepy heads together, yeah?" she giggled.

Claus walked into the room looking for us. When he saw Olivia and me lying down together, he shook his head. "Come on, you guys," he half-laughed.

I know. We're impossible.


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12 Responses to “Sleepy twins”

  1. galekaminari:

    What a lovely story! Thanks for sharing! Have a great week!

  2. M:

    Hello Diane,

    I'm like your husband, an early riser and my wife is like you, she likes to sleep in as long as she can.

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  4. kanakakuuna:

    i'm the same as u and @M, Diane. i can wake up early, and my wife and daughters can sleep in late. of course they both can stay up later in the night than me.

  5. Eric:

    Wow, you are able to get to sleep by 8:30PM! Both my wife and I are night owls. We go to bed very late (midnight or later) and we like to sleep in when possible.

  6. Rosette:

    my oldest he loves to sleep in until noon..he is a night owl just like I told him to make sure his job start at 1 .... lucky his found a job that start later ....!

    my youngest he goes to sleep early and wakes up early for school..I don't even have to worry because I trained him to wake up on his own then get his breakfast and he goes out the door and not be late for school.

    I sleep in until noon...if my husbnad is home I sleep until he comes home from hocky and then cook me dinner...omg I am in process of training my husbnad while I sleep in relax all day....! My lazy life I watch movies at night ....

  7. Rosette:

    yes I call myself kids are older now then I train everybody to cater to me oldest does the shopping and his laundry and my husbnad cooks for me....

    so I SLEEP...I deserve the sleep!

  8. Rosette:

    good thing my husband loves to cook...and he finally does his own who is sleeping and relaxing watching TV ...ME!

  9. Rosette:

    but my advice better teach your daughter to wake up on her own and eat then go to school so you don't have to yell....! I remember I went to mom's group everybody was complaining thier kids they don't wake up or eat and they have to yell! I told them my solution for mom's to sleep in and have the kids to figure it boys I used to wake up get breakfast and they would fight so one day I sleep in mommy!...all I hear is peace quiet two boys getting their own food and out the door for school..WOW!

  10. Rosette:

    yes all those years I almost have nervous breakdown from darn kids all I had to do was sleep in more fighting..sheesh!

  11. Rosette:

    my husband has different hours so he doesn't have sleep pattern.

  12. SittingInLimbo:

    Oh! I am sooooooo not a morning person myself! I know the feeling. blah.

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