Sleeping In

by Abby on June 27, 2011

Since we have a couple of early risers, my husband and I take turns getting up with the kids in the morning. Now, I will fully admit that C. takes on most of this burden. But in my defense, I need more sleep than the average person in order to function as even a moderately pleasant human being. So really, I’m doing everyone a favor by sleeping in. You can thank me later.

So this morning, Riley was up at his usual 6am, calling, “Mama! Mamaaaa!” and then switching to “Daddy! Daaaddy!” when he got no response. Eventually C. gave up trying to ignore him and went to fetch him out of his crib. Mercifully, he took him straight downstairs. Ahhh, blissful slumber.

You awake, Mama?

You awake, Mama?

Not long after, however, I was awakened by the pitter-patter of little feet (more like the thud, thud of little feet) and the door banging open. We really need to put a lock on that door. There stood my toddler next to the bed, inches from my face, grunting, “Uuuungh, uuunnngh!” I opened one eye. He appeared to have a mouthful of something. Sniff, sniff. Banana.

This has actually happened several times before. In his enthusiasm for eating, he takes too big a bite of something sticky – peanut butter, banana – and it becomes wedged on the roof of his mouth, leaving him unable to swallow. I used to worry that he’d choke, but he usually just yells for a while and then sticks his fingers in there and pries out the gooey glob of partially chewed food. And hands it to me.

“Go tell Daddy,” I mumbled into the pillow. Surprisingly, he turned and left. Ahhh, now where was I? Zzzzzz…

Moments later: “Mama? Where’s Mama? MAMAAAA??” I hear the muffled calls through the door. Rattle, rattle. He tries the knob. Even though it’s still unlocked, for some reason he can’t open it. Maybe his hands are too slick with peanut butter. I hear him say to himself, “Need da key” and he toddles off. This should be good.

Thump, thump, thud. He’s back outside the door, and this time I hear the jingle of keys. I can only imagine he stood on the kitchen trashcan to reach the key hook where we hang the car keys. I hear the scratch and jangle of him trying to jam the Acura keys into the keyhole. WHERE is his DAD?! My guess is the bathroom or snoozing on the couch.

OK, this has gone on long enough. I’m obviously not sleeping in any later this morning. Oh, well, I’ll take what I can get. I let the culprit into the room. “Mama!” he cries, as if he hasn’t seen me in weeks. “Have a nice nap?”

“Sure. Sure I did, buddy.” Remind me to get a lock on that door, will you?

PICK O’ THE WEEK: I just ordered this organic cotton bedding from West Elm. They had it at a hotel we stayed at once and it was super-soft and pretty.

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Kim June 27, 2011 at 9:15 am

So cute! I love the idea of the the keys your toddler had, so clever! They (innocently) try their hardest to get us up. Sometimes I wonder who has the harder time letting go of the ‘umbilical cord’ that tethers us with our children, our children when they are younger and us when they are older I guess 🙂

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Lou Mello June 27, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Hilarious, the little ones are so inventive when they want to do something. I am sure that a lock on the door will do no good, he’ll figure out how to pick it and then you’ll start worrying that you’ve created a “2nd story thief”.

I know you’ll say I’m a cwazzzy person, but, this is absolutely the most enjoyable time with young children. They toddle along and their world revolves around “Mama”. Love it now because it will change. 🙂

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jetts31 June 27, 2011 at 9:25 pm

My wife has the same, “I need more sleep than the rest of the world” excuse to stay in bed longer. And I am usually on the couch trying to convince my kids to behave so I can sleep for another 10 minutes…but don’t tell my wife that. 😉

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Shannon @ AnchorMommy June 28, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Ha! That is adorable. “Need da key.” I love it!

Oh, and if your husband could tell my husband why it’s nice to take turns getting up with the kids, I’d sure appreciate it.

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