I don’t know about you, but I am not “saving time” with Day Light Savings.
We had it dialed in; bed time routine and morning wake up. Both kids were in bed by 7pm. My seven month old figured out how to sleep straight through the night until 6:30AM and my four year old until 7AM. Naps were working. No one was super grumpy for lack of sleep. Life for a moment had a nice rhythm and pattern.
Then Day Light Savings came for its yearly visit and rocked our world. As a parent of young children, I put in my vote for a revocation of this age old tradition. I think it should be dark in the morning and lighter later. It helps everyone sleep longer and be outdoors later......Isn’t that the goal? My girlfriend in Portland, ME was complaining of how it gets dark at 4:30pm. During those late hour of the afternoon, that can often be the longest for a parent; she now has to be indoors. We all know that the combination of late afternoons, tired kids and being trapped indoors is a crazy concoction.
Since Day Light Savings, my 7 month old gets up to nurse anywhere between 3:30 - 4:30. She will go back to bed, just as my 4 year old wakes up at 5:30 and won’t go back to bed. Nap times are off. As I write this blog, I am sitting in my car after driving around for 20 minutes trying to get her to sleep on schedule. My other daughter is in school and I know when I pick her up I will have to handle her delicately. After all waking up at 5:30 and going full throttle is no easy task. We are all exhausted by 5pm, but force ourselves to try and stay awake until bedtime or else we are doomed to continue this pattern. I am pretty sure I only made it until 8:15pm last night. I was beckoned by my white, pillowy soft bed and could not say “no”!
So this week I write my blog to not only commiserate with all the moms out there who feel my pain, but also to pose this question to the time change people......”Who is really saving time????!!!”