• dooce

    #13 Shauna, oh yes, In the name of Jesus Christ, AMEN.

  • kara

    Your writing always gives me such faith in the world. I chose to major in Things That WIll Make You Want To Kill Yourself, ie, Environmental Law and Gender Studies. Panic and Oppression, day in and day out. I wish I had someone to wake me up early and let me know that everything will be alright. Maybe I should get a dog.

  • http://ellesquarednet.blogspot.com Elle

    Isn’t it funny how kiddos have perfect internal clocks? My son wakes up for his middle night feeding at EXACTLY 4:17 am. No earlier, no later.

    Great post!

  • Jen

    I’m not sure which story I like better – yours or Jenelle’s (#12). You guys make me want a baby, something I’ve never really cared about one way or the other.

  • http://www.survivethemayhem.com SAHM: Surviving Assorted Home Mayhem

    Hey, we have almost the same schedule! Little guy also goes 6pm-6am (however without the 2am wake-up now, thankfully) and we are up and at’em for the day! Of course, by 8:00pm we’re falling asleep in the front fo the TV and can’t remember the last time we stayed up past 10.

  • Anonymous

    This kind of makes me lose my will to live since I also wake up at that hour – but to go to work and wish I had your life. Congratulations. We’re all jealous.

  • dooce

    #18 SAHM, I go to bed at 8:15 every single night now. If I make it to 9 it’s a total party.

  • Sheila

    # 6- Yes is does end!
    My 5 kids are between the ages of 21 and 13. Believe it or not, I would love for one of them to jump in my bed at night and snuggle. It seemed like years ( I guess it was ) that my nights were full of elbows and knees. It really does go by fast, I’m happy you are enjoying it!

  • http://habitual.wordpress.com CreatureofHabit

    Good grief! The dimples!!!!!!

    Normally I sleep blissfully through the nights, a solid 8 hours or else I’m a real crab. But if it makes you feel better, there is an alley cat that has taken up in our ‘hood and that thing starts up at 4 am and sreams for at least half an hour (sometimes it comes back and starts up again). Every night for the last week I’ve had to listen to it… such horrible, alarming sounds…..

  • http://www.lotsawords.blogspot.com/ wn

    Life at 6am…when it’s filled with love…is surprisingly more pleasant than it sounds (or at least more pleasant than what I thought it would be when I was 21!).

    PS – my mornings are very similar, right down to the puppy in the crate…alas mine is a 2nd beagle….who is probably much dumber than Coco!

  • Fantasyland

    Hoping this comes across as positive, because it really is…This post made me smile and chuckle out loud, and lately I haven’t been able to do that as much here on dooce.com. The weird letter, the Maytag thing, the shingles video all were kind of a turnoff. But I’ve decided to never again look at MTH (or POP, for that matter) because it just gives me bad vibes and I think the whole drama surrounding your website has changed something…but only temporarily. But THIS post was great – reminiscent of your early writing and I’m so glad I haven’t given up on you.

  • Sue

    Must blow raspberries on Marlo-belly! How do you NOT eat her up with a spoon?

    While we have no children, we awake every morning with 3 dogs and 2 cats. And we look at each other and smile. So, yes, I totally get where you’re coming from, except my world has many, many more legs.

  • http://littlestfinch.com Finch

    Slightly related, but I’m wondering if you’ve ever used a dawn simulator alarm clock or a light box as a treatment for depression, Heather? (Or anyone, feel free to chime in!)

    I just recently picked one up and my god, it is amazing. I have had trouble sleeping my whole life and this dawn simulator alarm clock (no jarring BEEP BEEP BEEP) wakes you up slowly, naturally, using cues from the light. There’s also a back-up traditional alarm, but waking up slowly/gradually allows you to go out of REM sleep, so instead of getting jarred from a deep sleep by your alarm clock, the light triggers you to start waking up.

    The lightbox has also been fantastic, particularly living in Buffalo where we get so few days of sun over the winter months that my dad has a calendar where he keeps track of days without sunlight. Last year, there was a stretch of about 42 consecutive days without it.

  • Katherine

    I’m amused that your baby is more disciplined than I am with her sleep schedule. Amused and discouraged.

  • Kristen from MA

    ‘Are you pregnant and expecting a girl? GOOD LUCK.’

    Seriously, Heather?

  • Holly

    Sounds like the perfect way to start the day!

  • http://aimeewrites.wordpress.com Aimee

    For the folks who actually do miss their snooze buttons, I offer a glimmer of hope:

    My kids are now 9 & 6. They still awaken too early, but they now get themselves dressed, brush their teeth, and unload the dishwasher…all while I am in bed hitting my snooze button once or twice. When I hear the pots stop rattling, I get up (much more cheerful than I would otherwise), make them breakfast, pack their lunches, and we all walk to school together. I think this is a lovely postscript to not sleeping through the night more than a handful of times between 2000 & 2006.

    (Of course, last night, just to prove me wrong, the 6yo was up three times for various reasons, and they were both up at 6:30 this morning, chattering away loudly enough to awaken me several times. We drove to school today.)

  • Anonymous

    She must be ready for her own press agent and secretary! How cute!

  • http://parentingprincesses.com Kelly

    I’m glad you can be happy about it because I couldn’t be. Luckily my kids learned early on to sleep in. I usually get to at least 8am and lately my 17 month old is going through a growth spurt and sleeping until 9/10am. Now if I could just go to bed at a decent time, I might actually get a full night’s sleep.

  • Noelle

    It is so awesome–how much beauty is all wrapped up in the chaos!!! Congrats on your beautiful chaos. It’s what makes us truly rich in life.

  • momma in the big O

    the middle of the night pee pee report…”momma, I have to pee…” “well, you know where the bathroom is…”

    and she is 7 and 1/2…….

    sleep is for the old and empty nesters….who are too old and their prostrates and bladders won’t let them sleep!

  • Marsha

    This too shall pass and you will (hopefully) look back on these times and smile. (Is that sappy or what?) I don’t see it so much in this video, but I am amazed at how much Marlo looks like Leta. They are both beautiful.

  • Anonymous

    You say it’s marvelous at the end, yet everything before that sounds like a string of complaints. And then we get a whole slew of comments from moms who think anyone cares about what their kid does, probably thinking their kid is THE FUNNIEST & everyone else will too. Ladies, nobody cares. But I guess whatever gives you all a reason to shove your kids in everyone’s faces I guess ;) And BTW, my kid is cooler than all of yours so there :-P

  • http://bellasweet.artfire.com Bella-Sweet

    Aw, I love when you start talking and her face is like “Whoa! Thats my Mom!!”

  • http://linn-mommy23.blogspot.com Linn

    She’s so cute. Oh how I miss the days of the snooze button too. Four year old twins that don’t sleep through the night here.

  • http://gatorallens.blogspot.com Amanda

    She is soo cute. My daughter is about a month younger than Marlo and I love reading your posts to see what stage she’ll be moving into next. It’s nice to have a heads up!

  • Chriss

    You will get that snooze button time back eventually but by then you will be wishing they were coming in and bugging you…..

  • Judy

    Everyday, I understand another of my grandmother’s little sayings. Today, it’s “Count your blessings!”

  • http://phillyrushs.blogspot.com/ Jaime

    Great Post! And how wonderfully rediculous it can be. I’m up at 2am and then 5am every morning with my almost 4 month old baby girl. Wouldn’t have it any other way…especially when she flashes that cute little smile.

  • http://zipbagofbones.blogspot.com Cat

    I could eat Mini Frosted Shredded Wheat out of the dimple on her cheek and use the one on her chin as a spoon rest. For when I start eating her arms.

  • http://misspuddles.blogspot.com/ Melissa

    I feel your pain. I don’t even remember what sleep feels like anymore… I woke up this morning and my 7 month old son was lying next to me. I don’t think I got him in the middle of the night. I remember getting up for our 3am feeding (it used to be 2am too) but I know I put him back in his crib… maybe my hubby brought him to me.

  • momma in the big O

    wow, #36, my kids are incredible…
    and you are just jealous….
    GET a LIFE!

  • chiquita

    Yep, same here, but it’s mostly ok. (although dreading the time change.. what extra hour of sleep?) Lately my daughter has been getting up after we put her down and giving us the sign for “eat”. nice try, but it’s time to sleep!

  • kate

    how do you get over those EYES?!?

  • http://cat804.blogspot.com Cat

    It is incredibly awesome. Keep savoring it!

  • http://www.putyourflareon.blogs.com Aimee

    The other day my husband complained to me that he really NEEDS to sleep in.

    I just laughed in his face.

    Over are those days, I said! We have a 2.5 year old and our second is due in December. We won’t be sleeping in until they are teenagers again.

    Such is life of parents… someday we’ll get to sleep in again, right?

  • Anonymous

    Darn near every morning, I wake up to find my 6 year old son asleep next to me, in my bed. I treasure those moments because I know they won’t last forever. Having kids is just so AWESOME!!!

  • http://www.myhormonesmademe.com MyHormonesMadeMeDoIt

    This was an awesome post, give a little to get A LOT.

  • http://beyondthewindow.wordpress.com beyond

    so sweet. and i bet you’ll miss those teeny toes up your nostril in a few years…

  • http://goodlifemenus.com Tracey R

    If you want to push her schedule back, I actually figured it out on my third child. Seriously. I did this when she was 3 days old, but it should work now.

    What you do is have a *good* friend come over (because only a good friend would do this) who is pretty good with kids. Have them come over around 5, and hand them the baby. Put on a Weird Al video, or something that will get everyone laughing. And then have them keep stimulating Marlo to keep her awake, maybe until 7 p.m., or maybe 8 p.m. if you want to be getting up at 8 a.m. instead of 6 or 7.

    The key is having a person who is not already really exhausted to do this, because otherwise, the tendency is to just go with the flow and let her do what she’s been doing.

    In our case, our baby had been born at 5 p.m. and stayed awake until around 7. She slept until 2 a.m., and then woke up and did not want to go back to sleep. She was born at home, so only exhausted hubby and I to deal with her, and I was completely out. So he stayed up with her until she fell back to sleep at 8 or 9 a.m. She slept until noon, was up until 6, and then went to sleep again around 9, repeating the previous night’s performance. She was capable of both sleeping for long periods of time, but was just doing it at the wrong times.

    After two days of this, neither of us could cope. I have a medical condition that requires I get a certain amount of unbroken sleep. Our first two had slept all night from the first night. When my best friend’s husband came over after to work to see her on the third day, my husband asked him if he would mind staying while he ran some errands.

    So he stayed for a few hours, and I had the brainstorm of asking him if he’d mind trying to keep her up until 9 or 10 instead of letting her fall asleep at 6. He did. He tickled her when she seemed sleepy (gently), laughed loudly at Weird Al, and did whatever he could to keep her awake as she got crankier and crankier.

    That night set a pattern of a sleep schedule she rarely deviates from unless she’s sick. She’s now almost 5, and while she needs less sleep, we’ve never had the awful time we did when she was newborn.

  • http://masonandcompany.blogspot.com/ alice

    I’m right there with ya – 6AM RIGHT ON THE DOT. The early hour kills me, but as soon as I look down at the adorable face smiling happily up at me, all that frustration dissipates, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

  • http://www.feedyoursoulmorenyourfaceless.blogspot.com Christina

    Heather, I think Marlo has finally learned to throw those gang signs! At least, that’s what I thought that bit at the end with her right hand was…

  • kacy

    It sounded like she was getting ready to say “mama”, i miss those days. My son is just about the same age as Leta, his b-day is Feb 12 and my daughter is 16. She is beautiful just like her sister.

  • http://www.youngandrelentless.com Connie

    Life is good!

  • http://salt-sweat-sugar.blogspot.com Jordan @ Salt Sweat Sugar

    Dear GOD, you have the most adorable child in the entire universe. I honestly don’t think she could BE any cuter.

  • AndInOtherNews

    … another VBA from dooce

  • http://www.tycastteam.blogspot.com nora

    We have three toddlers (1, 2 and 3) and all of them are in a phase of early wake-ups. 4:35am being a new recent record setting time. Thank God for the automatic timer on the coffee pot.

  • pinkbrain

    Oh to have a baby that sleeps! In desperation last night I was roaming the streets at midnight with He-Who-Does-Not-Sleep in the carrier. Every night I go through a bedtime routine to encourage the sleep and baby throws a grenade through my efforts.
    One day I’ll get to sleep!

  • Jenny

    wow. THIS IS MY LIFE! :) really, really tired over here… but enjoying it.

  • Candice

    That is one expressive cutie! My son is very reserved, so it is fun to see the contrast. My hubby and I always wake up laughing, no matter the hour, we love our baby so…