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Silent Sunday – The early bird…

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The early bird catches the morning sun

… catches the sunrise

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November 23, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Five o’clock in the morning

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5am’s a tricky time. Although it’s technically night-time as far as I’m concerned, the first pesky birds are starting to squawk (anyone got a shotgun?) and the first rays of light are starting to ooze through the shutters of DS’s east-facing bedroom.

And there’s also the million-dollar question of: If I’ve been woken at 5am, will I get back to sleep again before the alarm goes off at 6am? My brain is one that starts thinking the moment I get up and, sometimes, going back to sleep just isn’t an option.

So it’s with a degree of trepidation that I go to DS’s room if he cries at 5am, as he did this morning. Opening my eyes, I did a quick scan of the darkness quotient. Would he believe me if I said that it was still “the middle of the night”? Was there enough light to give me away?

I waited. The crying got louder. I decided to intervene before he was so awake that he wouldn’t get back to sleep (it happens – he’s my son, after all).

I've used this image before. Sometimes my life, too, feels like Groundhog Day.

“Lie down,” I whispered, stroking his brow and hoping he hadn’t seen the brightness of the rising sun coming in from the landing. “It’s the middle of the night.”

He sat up. He wailed. He put his arms up in the air in that “pick me up” pose all mums know.

“No darling, it’s the middle of the night. Sleepy time,” I said, trying gently to push him back down.

No such luck.

“Mummy-daddy bed!” he cried. Then he remembered the absent Alpha Male. “Daddy” he wailed. “Daddeeee! Want daddee!!”

And I thought. This is it. At 5am on Wednesday morning, I’m going to have to tell him that DH is actually in London.

I couldn’t do it.

“No,” I said. “Daddy’s sleeping. It’s the middle of the night. Little cuddle and back to bed.”

It worked. Thank-you, universe, for sorting that one out. I even got back to sleep myself. For about 30 seconds before the alarm went off.

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May 11, 2011 at 6:15 pm