I woke up early this morning.
It’s been extra difficult lately for me to do this, especially when I’m not in an upswing. The earlier I wake up, the longer the days are. So I often sleep until I hear that loud whisper in my ear.
“MOMMY. MOMMY. MOMMY!” [I finally stop pretending and open my eyes.] “I’M HUNGRY. MAKE ME BREATHRAST.”
“It’s “breakfast”. And ask me nicely.”
“MOMMY, I PEED.”
Also nice to wake up to. Although, when he feels inclined to do so, he can strip his own sheet and toss everything in the washer for me (and even start the laundry, if I’ll allow it). So that is convenient.
But this morning was one of those rare ones when I rose before the sun did. I didn’t want to at first. It was dark and cool and both cats were snuggled up to me. (THE BEST.) But I forced myself to roll out of bed and greet the day. (And let me tell you, it is so much more relaxing to get ready when two small people aren’t rifling through your makeup and your closet and chasing each other around and jumping on your freshly-made bed.)
Having this time to myself in the morning, to start my day slowly, is a lovely, lovely thing. It helps me get in the right headspace to face the day, and by the time the boys wake up, I’m ready to attend to them.
I even did some yoga this morning. (But don’t be too impressed. It was 12 minutes.)
I used to be a naturally early riser. It was hard not to be, growing up in a household where sleeping in until 9 on a weekend was considered a cardinal sin. But sometime over the past few years, I joined the “sleep as late as I possibly can” team. (Their sales pitch was pretty tempting.)
I used to love getting up early. Well, I didn’t love the actual physical process of dragging myself out of bed at 5 am, but I loved the dark, quiet mornings when I was the only soul awake. I have my best thoughts in the morning, and my personality type desperately needs that solitude before the bulk of the day descends upon me.
Being able to recapture that feeling today was golden. I realize that one morning does not a habit make, but here’s to hoping I can replicate this tomorrow.
Are you an early riser or do you like to challenge yourself by leaving as little time as possible to get out the door in the morning?