Getting up in the morning has always been a chore for me. I don't know how I was as a little kid, but I can remember being older and my mom threatening to pour buckets of water on me if I didn't get my ass out of bed. I HATED getting up in the morning. I still do. So I don't know why I find it so hard to believe that my girls are right there with me. Well, not all of them. Lana is most definitely without a doubt the best morning person you've ever seen. Yes, I said Lana.
During the week, I aim to get everyone up between 6:30-6:40 depending on when I drag my own ass out of bed. Sonya sets an alarm, hits snooze a couple of times, and I still have to make sure she gets up. She is not fun to get up. She huffs, and whines and buries herself back under the covers. Sometimes Georgia is in her bed with her, because I don't know that I have told you all this but, Georgia does not like to sleep alone in her bed. She always ends up in someone else's bed in the middle of the night. Usually mine and Andy's first, but I move her after I wake up to find myself on two inches of mattress at 4AM with her feet in my face. Since Sonya has a double bed, I usually opt to put her in there. I try to put her back in her own bed, believe me. Sometimes she refuses to go, gets stubborn and at 4AM you tend to give in to what the hell they want so you can just go back to sleep, dammit! Anyway-when she is in Sonya's bed in the morning I have to wake her up at the same time. I usually drag her out of Sonya's bed and carry her to her room where I plop her on the floor. There she stays curled in a ball snoozing for at least another ten minutes. Then I go to the kitchen where every two minutes, I yell for them to get up and get moving while making breakfast. It's an incredibly enjoyable morning routine I assure you. Especially since I myself hate to get up and am always exhausted. If it weren't for the fabulous people who invented coffee, I would never survive.
The other day Georgia wrote out her daily morning routine on the whiteboard in her room. I think she was just trying to make it clear how she feels about getting up in the morning, so she added a little something...
For those of you who can't read my daughter's beautiful handwriting she acquired from me, after "wake up" she wrote "gron". Which of course means "groan", but hey she's a 2nd grader, we are still working on the spelling. Either way, she made sure she added into her morning routine a way to let everyone know how unhappy she was to be awake at that time of the morning. Yup, those two are fun times to get going every morning. Usually by Friday they are marginally better have it down, but then that pesky weekend comes and they sleep in throwing everything off on Monday morning. It's a vicious cycle. Yes I know I should have them wake up at the same time on the weekend, but screw that. Andy and I want to sleep in too!
There is one spot of sunshine every morning though...Lana. I do not wake Lana up ever. Last year she started getting up on her own. Then she asked for an alarm clock so we go her one for her birthday. What 8 year old asks for an alarm clock as a birthday present? Now she sets it for 6:15 every morning. When it goes off she immediately turns it off. No snooze for her! Then she proceeds to get dressed, make her bed, some mornings she will remember to unload her dishwasher or feed the cat when it's her turn. When I come to their rooms in the morning to wake everyone up, there is Lana sitting on her made bed reading her latest book, with a smile and a cheery, "Good morning, mommy!" I do NOT know where this kid came from! Because as I said, I have never been a morning person, so you would think that perhaps Andy is or was, but no. Some days he groans louder than Georgia when he has to wake up.
All I do know is I am so thankful that Lana is the way she is. I suppose if I think about it I have my parents genetics to thank. My parents have always been morning people. My mother especially. She was the type to wake you up with a song. Oh how I hated that song in the morning. She was always so damn cheery. So perhaps the early bird gene got passed on to Lana. (Thanks mom and dad!) I'm glad it did, because if all three of them were super grumpy in the morning, I'm not sure any amount of coffee would get me through that first hour of the day. With Lana's smiling face and happy morning disposition, I can deal with what the other two throw at me.
On the plus side, this past week I have been trying to put Georgia back in her bed after she comes to our bed in the middle of the night. Sonya does not like having her in her bed, because of Georgia's starfish style of sleeping. Can't blame the girl I guess. So because she has been in her own bed in the mornings, Lana has decided to get Georgia up with her. It's been like a dream. Both of them up, dressed and in pleasant moods. Only Sonya has been the obstacle. I just need Lana to rub off on her too and we will be all set. Maybe I can even sleep until 7 and have them come wake me up. Then I can be the one to wake up and groan. Oh wait-I do that already.