Annoyed. Very annoyed.
I’ve tried so hard not to openly complain about this on the website, buy viagra but this blog is for everything… so I’m going to rant.
Growing up, I didn’t like the time change. It didn’t matter if it was Daylight Savings Time or the end of it. No matter what, I had to change my schedule and I’ve never been a fan of change.
I remember how particularly horrible it was when I was in my first and second year of high school. You see, I had to catch the bus to Somerset High every morning at 5:45 AM. You want to make somebody hate school? That’s how you do it. Want to make somebody hate college… make midterms right after the time change!
I remember when I was in college, Daylight Savings Time was horrible because my college had this lovely thing known as a curfew. Bed time was 11 o’clock. Ok… Problem? I made my first class later in the day (9 or 10) if I could manage it, but the fact that we had curfew and a mandatory “bed made by time” (7:30, if I remember correctly), my aversion to change kicked in and made it worse. For weeks after DLST was imposed in my roommates and I would be up either talking and getting ourselves a talking to for doing so or, as in my senior year, we were up playing 20 Questions. We just couldn’t get to sleep “on time” to save our lives.
Fast forward to the year 2013… when I actually like the idea of set bed times. The year 2013 when I have a 2 1/2 year old son. This time change stuff is a complete pain in the butt! Anyone with children hates the 2 time changes each year. Every parent knows that their children have internal clocks that are not easily changed. Stupidly I’ve been trying to change Ney’s.
Why? Well because it’s been getting lighter a bit earlier in the morning and he’s been waking up earlier. Right before DLST he was getting up between 5:30 and 6:30. I’m fine with 6:30. The time then is changed, and he’s waking up sometime around 6:30 or 7:30 depending on the time… That’s not too bad…But when I tried to get him to bed at “6PM” like normal, he of course wants nothing to do with this. My problem? I’m a selfish jerk who needs her reading time to rejuvenate so I can keep my marbles while dealing with my learning and exploring 2 year old and I am forfeiting an hour because he can’t sleep before 7 DLST. If I wasn’t under these circumstances (being a mother and a wife) I would just add an hour of time and read until 1 instead of 11 or 12… Only problem with that is I won’t get to cuddle with my hubby and my child is still getting up at 6:30.
After having a mini freak out on Facebook, my friend Ivy politely asked if she could give me some advice. The following was a hard pill to swallow:
What I did with my kids was to pick a bedtime that worked with my schedule even if it changed by an hour. SO During the winter, they went to bed at 8pm, but during the summer at 9pm (or 7pm & 8pm, etc) that way their BODIES had the SAME bedtime, even if the CLOCK changed. (does that in any way make sense?)
Did I take her advice yesterday? You can believe I didn’t. I am a hugely stubborn individual and I wasn’t going to give in that easily on my “me-time”.
Do you think I’ll take her advice today? Yes, in the end I concede. The boy wins, not that he thought he was fighting a battle, although mommy did. 7 o’clock is bed time… Because the stress on both of us to change this is not worth the ruin of our relationship.
Mommy to Neylan: Just be warned little boy, when the clocks go back an hour, your bedtime will again be 6 until you can handle me adding an hour to it.
Megan A.K.A. “Mom”
PS… to prove that the sunlight issue is not just me being full of crap here is a link for a Sunrise/Sunset Calendar. 😛