On Quiet Mornings And Chatty Children

My daughter is my mini-me in many ways and lately she’s realized her BEST days are when she goes to 7pm and wakes up at 5am. THAT IS MY DREAM SCHEDULE. Except that I don’t need that much sleep so for me it would be 8pm to 4am, BUT STILL. She’s learning how wonderful it is on her mental health to do the whole “Early to bed, Early to rise” thing.

Of course, she’s also learning how impossible it is to work around the rest of the world. You can’t chat with your friends at 5am (I used to try to call my friends’ houses when I would first wake up in the mornings and THEIR FAMILIES WERE NOT HAPPY WITH ME), you can’t watch TV at 5am (we live in a small house with one TV, that would wake up everyone), and everything else happens between the hours of 5pm and 10pm so you miss out on a lot of stuff. So she’s not 100% committed to the new schedule, but she does try it periodically.

She also LOVES having SO MUCH time to get ready in the morning because she LOVES makeup. She just has fun playing around with it and – thanks to Instagram videos she’s pretty good at it. (And thanks to her brother formerly working at ULTA she has a bunch of stuff she got for free to play with.)

HERE IS THE PROBLEM:

Some days I get up at 4am, some days I get up at 5am, but NO days do I want to talk to another human before 6am unless I’ve had at least 3 cups of coffee. AND SHE WANTS TO BE CHATTY CATHY ON THESE MORNINGS SHE WAKES UP EARLY.

This morning she asked me several questions before I had my first cup of coffee and I only was able to answer her non-verbally.

I’m a morning person, MAINLY BECAUSE IT IS MY QUIET TIME. I LOVE MY QUIET TIME IN THE MORNINGS.

Me: I can’t be really talkative until I’ve had my coffee in the mornings.
Her: I thought you always say you are a morning person? I didn’t think morning people were grumpy in the mornings.
Me: I AM A MORNING PERSON WHO BROUGHT YOU INTO THE WORLD AND A MORNING PERSON WHO COULD TOTALLY TAKE YOU BACK OUT OF THE WORLD.
Her: Sorry.

Now she’s learning if she wants to get up early, to do all of the things FIRST that she doesn’t need conversation for…like getting dressed and doing her hair and makeup IN HER ROOM SO I CAN STAY QUIET IN THE LIVING ROOM. And then, around 6am, she knows I’m ready for human contact.

All in all, it is nice to have her company a little earlier in the mornings now. Even though I’d like her to be more like Art…SEEN but NOT HEARD.

3 thoughts on “On Quiet Mornings And Chatty Children

  1. Colleen says:

    I get up early in the morning to do stuff like go for runs, but I am not a morning person! I too need coffee before I can interact with people. When my husband gets up too, he is so chatty and doesn’t understand that I want quiet! My son is non-stop talking when he wakes up after a good night’s sleep. Lately I can tell he isn’t getting enough sleep because he doesn’t say a word.

  2. Lucy McConville says:

    Hahaha! This cracks me up so much! I am not even remotely a morning person. I (used to) have my alone time later at night. My son would be to sleep by 9:00pm and I’d have from 9:00 to 11:00 to be in my own head. Well, Mr. Teenager-Now suddenly is staying up later…and wants to TALK, very animatedly, at 10:30 at night. Um, no. Leave me alone.

    Well, before we know it they will be up-and-out. I know this because I have a 22 year old, too!

  3. Cait says:

    Get yourself some wireless headphones for the TV! You’d buy yourself some extra non-talking time ? we love our Sennheiser ones, they’re usually around $50 on Amazon but if you keep an eye on the open box/warehouse deals sometimes you can get a set for $20.

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