Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The Day Has Come...

If you had told me 10 years ago that the day would come that I could sleep in on a regular basis, I would never have believed you. I might have even laughed at you. Being a mother calls for sacrifice, but sacrificing sleep has never been easy for me.

Sure, John would let me sleep in from time to time, and sometimes my children would bless me by sleeping until, oh, say, 7am. But their hungry tummies usually beckoned me from my slumber urging to be filled with all manner of healthful things.

Well, about this time last year, I realized that I was sleeping in quite frequently. And John and I realized we could actually stay in bed on a Saturday morning until we felt like getting up. That, my friends, is a glorious thing. Our kids could fix a bowl of cereal, or spread cream cheese on a bagel, or make some toast WITHOUT needing help! I LIKE this stage of parenting!

They let me sleep in this morning...and I'm so thankful. I needed it.

They usually get up and read or play together in their rooms. We don't have cable, so the tv isn't too alluring, and they know the consequences of playing video games without parental permission, so it's actually the perfect sleeping environment for me. Nice and quiet.

I realize though that my days of summer slumber are limited. School starts for us in a little over 2 weeks, and I know that I need to get my children, and myself, back into a routine of rising a little earlier each morning. But I'll think about that next week. Because for now, I prefer to see the sun once it is high in the sky.


debra parker said...

Yes. Sleeping in is so good. I love this kid stage as well...I really never thought I would arrive here.

Trish said...

Woo hoo! I love it when the kids get to the point of being able to make their own breakfast ~ I with you, I'd much rather sleep in! Just wait until they're teenagers and they sleep longer than you do ~ it's a new adventure all in itself. LOL


Diane@Diane's Place said...

I hate to get up early. I was so glad when I finished school and could sleep late.

Then I got married, and 2 years later Jessica came along. Forget that sleeping in stuff.

Then Jessica got old enough to get herself up for school and I could sleep late again.

Then Jessica got married and Emmy came along. So now I have to get up early every day with her. Forget that sleeping late AGAIN. *Sigh.....*

Someday my sleep will come.... ;D

Love and hugs,


Lindsay said...

Glad to hear that you're able to relax a bit more with this stage of life. You and John deserve!

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Sleeping in is wonderful, isn't it?! No kids that need to get up here, but we have a very persistent dog that likes to get up when the sun is rising. Sleeping in is a luxury for me too. So glad you're able to enjoy it now, after all your years of mommmy sacrifices! :)